To everyone who talked about this book; to everyone who blogged and reviewed this book, and to everyone who posted pictures on Instagram urging people to read this book….Thank you!
It has been a while since I have read such an immersive book. This book gave me a sort of “beauty and the beast” retelling feel, but the story itself was so different that the feeling was where it ended. The language was so descriptive, so while this book wasn’t really action-driven, but character-driven, the language was so immersive, that I was drawn again and again into the Spring Court.
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Number of Pages: 419
Feyre, a young lady trying desperately to keep her family alive after they lost their fortune, is alone hunting in the woods. When she comes across a wolf vying for the same doe she is hunting, she doesn’t hesitate in taking him down.
Little did she know, this wolf was actually one of the Fae: a dangerous, magical race living far to the north of her village, and his death sets Feyre on a path that she may not survive. The evening after her run-in with the wolf, a creature shows up at the family’s doorstep and offers a bargain: Feyre can live out her days in Prythian, the Fae homeland, as penance for killing the wolf, or she can die. She is told nothing about how her family will survive, only that they will be “cared for.”
In desperation to save her family, Feyre agrees to the creature’s terms. This is where the book truly takes off. I started this book knowing it was going to be a little “wordy,” but for me that just helped with it’s appeal.
The beast whirled on me. “Who killed the wolf?”
I stared into those jade eyes. “I did.”
He blinked and glanced at my sisters, then back at me, at my thinness – no doubt seeing only frailness instead. “Surely you lie to save them.”
“We didn’t kill anything!” Elain wept. “Please…please, spare us!” Nesta hushed her sharply through her own sobbing, but pushed Elain farther behind her. My chest caved in at the sight of it.
My father climbed to his feet, grunting at the pain in his leg as he bobbled, but before he could limp toward me, I repeated: “I killed it.” The beast, who had been sniffing at my sisters, studied me. I squared my shoulders. “I sold its hide at the market today If I had known it was a faerie, I wouldn’t have touched it.”
“Liar,” he snarled. “You knew. You would have been more tempted to slaughter it had you known it was one of my kind.”
True, true, true. “Can you blame me?”
“Did it attack you? Were you provoked?”
I opened my mouth to say yes, but – “No,” I said, letting out a snarl of my own. “But considering all that your kind has done to us, considering what your kind still likes to do to us, even if I had known beyond a doubt, it was deserved.” Better to die with my chin held high than groveling like a cowering worm.
Even if his answering growl was the definition of wrath and rage.
The firelight shone upon his exposed fangs, and I wondered how they’d feel on my throat, and how loudly my sisters would scream before they, too, died. But I knew – with a sudden, uncoiling clarity – that Nesta would buy Elain time to run. Not my father, whom she resented with her entire steely heart. Not me because Nesta had always known and hated that she and I were two sides of the same coin, and that I could fight my own battles. But Elain, the flower-grower, the gentle heart…Nesta would go down swinging for her.
It was that flash of understanding that had me angling my remaining knife at the beast. “What is the payment the Treaty requires?”
His eyes didn’t leave my face as he said, “A life for a life. Any unprovoked attacks on faerie-kind by humans are to be paid only by a human life in exchange.”
Things to Take Away from this Book
The message of this book is so relevant to me during this time. I’ve taken so many things from this book, and the comparisons to the world today couldn’t have been more obvious to me.
Don’t judge someone by their outward appearance. Feyre is raised to hate the Fae. She is taught from a young age that the Fae are dangerous, and would someday show up in their lands to kill all of them. This fear and hatred is what causes her to kill the wolf. When she arrives in Prythian, her fear and hatred start to dissipate as she learns to see the Fae for who they are, not for what she has been raised to think of them.
The correlation of the “Blight” in Prythian and the Covid pandemic was also too obvious to ignore. But while the people in Prythian stood back and accepted their fate, we refuse to do that. We are fighting with everything we have to overcome this disaster, and we will rise on the other side stronger than before.
This book gets a wholehearted 5 stars! I’m so excited to get the other books in the series, and continue Feyre’s journey! I loved the descriptions the author gives, because she brings such life to the human world, and to Prythian. Her words can make the reader actually see the difference between our world and the world of the Fae; the differences are astounding.
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Have you read this book? What did you think? Who is your favorite character? Let me know who and why in the comments below! My favorite character is Lucien. He never tries to be something or someone he’s not. I appreciate that in all people.
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