A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
IT WAS SO SO SO SO GOOD!!! I'm incredibly happy to have finally read this book. I totally get the hype, so if you're one of the only ones who haven't read this novel yet, please do.
I love Sarah J. Maas, but I can't pretend I'm her most loyal fan. In fact, even though I have watched and read many of her interviews and I know many things about her, I hadn't read anything else from her than Throne of Glass. I do plan on reading the rest of the series, especially after finishing this novel, but as much as I enjoyed reading TOG, I didn't get addicted to it or anything. I've heard that this series keeps getting better, so I'm really excited, but the difference with ACOTAR is that I was hooked from the very first page. There's something about retellings that's very addicting and exciting, so I loved the story from the beginning and I kept marvelling at how amazing it is.
I started by loving the characters. Feyre is extraordinarily kind, which usually annoys me because of how impossible some characters seem, but it seemed honest and real from her. She made me want to cry when she acted so selflessly and got absolutely nothing in return, which made me hope things would get better for her. I also loved all the little details we learn about her family, from the way they lost all their money to their passions and hopes. Every character is different and they're easy to imagine. Then came the hot guys. Seriously, I don't know if Maas has an incredible imagination or if she's been enough to have sexy, kind and funny men in her life, but there's something about her male characters that makes me wish I lived in a fictional world like hers. I thought Tamlin was a mysterious, complicated yet understandable character that I grew to love, while Lucien made me smile and laugh (and wish I had him for myself). There are also very hot scenes in this novel, which I can't say I didn't enjoy. I didn't know Maas could write such sexy and explicit scenes without actually going into many details, because it's something I had never seen before. I thought they were perfectly described, since they're not telling too much or too little.
This world is also a very interesting one. I do have difficulties imagining faeries, but it's always been like that for me, so it's not Maas's fault. I loved the descriptions about art, houses and landscapes, which made my artsy self very happy. Every historical detail intrigued me and kind of made me wish there could be a novel set during the War so that I could see it through different eyes and understand it even more. The fact that faeries are immortal is also very weird to think about, because I've always wondered what immortal people do with their lives and how weird it must be to age so slowly. I hope there will be more about that in the next books, because it's always nice to see one's opinion of immortality.
I found the storyline gripping. I couldn't wait for Feyre to stop thinking about ways to escape when she first got to Tamlin's place, because I wanted to see more of the place and the characters. The mystery about the world and the characters, especially Tamlin, made me want to read further and further, only to find more intriguing details. I was surprised by the way this book turned out, because until halfway through the book I was really not expecting something like that to happen. I love how it's getting more and more different from Beauty and the Beast, because it would be boring if everything was the same. I can find so many differences between the two stories that it's hardly a retelling, just a story inspired by another. Also, Beauty and the Beast is my favourite fairytale, so the fact that some parts of the story are inspired by it makes me really happy.
There's something about the writing and the general looks of the book that made me immediately get into the story and appreciate every second I spent reading it. Feyre's feelings are very well described throughout the entire story and I always felt like I understood where she came from and why she took her decisions. I analysed many actions, since I knew some of them might give me answers, and I loved getting back to them when I discovered the reasons behing them.
I'm very happy about this book. I would absolutely recommend it and I think that for once, I have found a novel that's worth the hype.