**This review is based on an ARC from Netgalley, released on 5/5/15.
I am still a little bit unsure how I feel about this book. I haven’t gotten around to reading her other popular series, Throne of Glass, though it is on my TBR list; so I thought I would try for an advanced copy of this one to see if I liked it. I enjoyed the premise of the story and some of the characters, but did have to force myself to keep going a few times, just felt like it was a little slow.
Feyre (pronounced Fey-ruh) kills a wolf at the beginning of the story who turns out to be a member of the High Fae court in a nearby town(?) that is considered the opposition to humans in her world. In order to atone for her sins, she is forced to live with the Fae for the rest of her life in accordance with a treaty from many years before. Since she is not being held as a slave, her time with them turns out to be not so bad, pretty lavish in fact compared to her pitiful life before. Though she doesn’t want to, she ends up developing a deep attraction to one of her captors. This, in turn, leads to a battle with “her”, not referred to by name until fairly far into the story. She, Amarantha, has forced the other Fae to live in fear and according to her will for many years and Feyre is their only hope. She is forced to complete tasks or solve a riddle in order to free them from Amarantha’s hold. Along the way, she finds help in unexpected places.
I felt the relationships in this story were very dysfunctional, but then again, they are in many of these fantasy stories. It is very reminiscent of the romance in a lot of other books I have read, in my personal opinion. As usual, there is somewhat of a love triangle going on, and I found myself actually rooting for the “bad guy” a few times. I did like the book enough to make me want to try others by the author, so I guess it was a success in that manner. Though many of the characters did despicable things at one point or another, it was still easy to like them and hope things turned out well for them. I just wished all of the action in the last 25% of the book could have been spread out somehow. I have purchased this for my high school library and know it will get some circulation, especially among Sarah’s already established fans.
My rating: 3/5