4 solid stars
Fayre (pronounced Fay-ruh) is an ex-aristocrat. Now she spends her days hunting and providing for her three sisters and father who don't care for her aside from her keeping them as comfy as possible. When she kills someone she wasn't supposed to, Tamlin, a high and strong fae gives her the choice of living with him or dying. The magical realm is not all she thought it was (ie- dangerous and terrifying) There she finds friends, love, and beauty that she never imagined possible. Unfortunately, the story has to have some plot, and the magic is being sucked dry from the land and people. Only fayre can stop it. Adventure and double-crossing ensue.
I really enjoyed this book. Sara J. Maas did not disappoint. I love her glass throne series, but as a mid twenty something, I enjoyed the more mature writing of this book. Fayre is not an idiot and follows her heart, though sometimes that gets her into trouble which is incredibly annoying. But overall, I'm pretty happy with her as a character. We see her growth and realization that family is never what it seems and strangers cannot be placed in categories of simply good and evil.
This deliciously dark and magical novel really made me think of how fragile the human mind is, as well how much it takes to break. Tamlin is genteel sort of man that you kind of get a Mr. Darcy sort-of vibe (after he falls in love with Lizzy of course.) He has dark secrets that he cannot share and they wretch at your heart when you find them out just a moment too late.
Overall, well written, though I definitely thing throne of glass is more action packed. This one does have quite a bit, but it tries to play with your head and get you thinking too. It's a different sort of feel that you'll definitely want to try out if you are an avid fan of Sarah J. Maas.