Format: E-book – Owned
Oh man. Honestly, Wings and Ruin was just so ridiculously enjoyable and shiny, I tried to keep my hopes down for this one. Several of my friends who’ve read them have agreed that the second one is the best (and the mass of Goodreads agrees). Even so, this book was a blast. I am part frustrated and part excited that there will be at least two more of these. Like, of course I need more, but I need more right now!
This book is a war book, no question about it. It’s battles and desolation and near-death experiences. There are some fun romance things and sexy times, but far and away this is a book about war and politics. In theory, it might be a better book than Wings and Ruin, but there’s no way I enjoyed it as much.
Having Rhys and Feyre’s solid relationship to come back to in this book really made it feel grounded. A lot of time the romance of a book is one of the main conflicts– this is not a will they/won’t they situation. Considering everything else that goes on, I felt relieved and comfortable every time they were reunited. Ugh, I just ship it so hard.
As I said, this book was incredibly political, and keeping track of all of the rulers of all of the courts wasn’t effortless. It wasn’t an Anna Karenina-type problem, but I had to pause and try to remember who was who. Maybe I got distracted by all the kissin’ and sexytimes in the last book and just don’t remember getting thoroughly introduced to these folks and their backstories, but there were a lot of scenes with painfully crowded tables.
What’s amazing about this book? The writing is fantastic. Maas knows how to write a lush, vivid world and characters who are scary and lovable in their own ways. There’s a great deal of skill there, certainly. Feyre’s sisters are incredibly compelling and their presence made this book all the more rich.
For me, this book was a lot of battling, war, politics, and people arguing about which of them is more self-sacrificing. The plot came together in the end, but I found I had a hard time caring about it a lot, knowing there are two more books in the series. It took me a long time to get through this book, which is unusual for me.
The ending was satisfying for book three of five(?) Which I always enjoy. I’ll say I liked this one better than the first one, but the second book in this series still glows as the best. All of them are worth picking up!
Subjective Hearts: ♥♥♥♥ 3/5
Objective Hearts: ♥♥♥♥ 4/5
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