Feyre, hunting in the forest to feed her starving family, comes upon a wolf who is about to capture the deer her family desperately needs to survive, and kills it. The wolf is a faerie in disguise, and his death breaks a treaty between faery and humans. Feyre has to go live in Prythian in order to honor the treaty that she did not know she had broken. Tamlin, the lord who brings her to his magical land lets her live in his castle, where she learns that all is not as it appears. He and his people are under a curse, part of which requires them to wear masks that they can never take off, and which they can not speak of to her. Feyre, curious about the curse, the land and Tamlin, ends up investigating the limits to this curse.
Feyre, at first hating faeries, discovers that there is a little more to Tamlin and his people than he has led her to believe. This makes her more curious, and she opens up to him, becoming his friend. Of course, this wouldn’t be a good fantasy tale without the fight between good and evil. Just as the title implies, this book is about the contrast between good and evil, and Feyre’s self discovery, that even she herself is not purely good.
I love how the author slowly developed this story. The love between Feyre and Tamlin builds over time, and even though the reader, and Feyre are kept in the dark about what is really going on with Tamlin, when the time comes for their love to be revealed, there is great emotional impact, which really adds depth to the story. Feyre, is not without faults, and her inner dialog makes her a more interesting character. I always prefer to love a character that does not always follow the path of light. Feyre is definitely that character.
The next novel, A Court of Mist and Fury, is already out, and you can expect to read a review by this blogger very soon. I have to find out where Feyre’s next journey takes her, and what else she discovers about herself.
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