The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.
I bet Sarah J Maas wrote fan fic at one point. Fan fic where cannon characters are flipped on their head as being evil, and cannon baddies are fannon heroes. You know like where Draco Malfoy is revealed to have been a good guy all along while Ron is a Death Eater bastard(there are a ton of Dramione fan fictions out there that follow that trope, it’s sad I know that and I really hate Ron so I don’t mind them). While this was made exceedingly apparent in the second book in this series-which I annoyingly enjoyed way more than I should’ve, becuase hello character assassination galore- I feel like it’s exemplified here because this installment is an unnecessary epilogue that is purposely written so that it can sell the next series in this mega series. However, unlike a certain other author who was actually a fan fiction author that I’ll try not to reference too much so her fan bots won’t attack me, I sort of like this series and this book so I’m only mildly annoyed.
However, I have my eye on you Sarah J Maas. You have one trick pony tendencies and this book shows it…
And so do all those Throne of Glass books-side note, I have told you guys I’ll try to read that series but I swear someone is just going to have tie me and hold me hostage before I actually do. I just haven’t been able to work myself up to doing that especially since I found the first book annoying…
And I’m digressing again.
I’ve been doing that a lot lately.
I think that’s because there really isn’t a lot of new for me to say about this series. I enjoyed the first two books, sort of had meh feelings about the third, and sort of have meh feelings about the novella. I know the series is problematic, and from the reviews that I read that have pointed out the criticisms regarding these books-I get ya’ll. I’m honestly surprise I enjoy it as much as I do, since I just cannot get into TOG-one of these days I swear I’m going to read another book and give it a try, I mean they are on my shelves…
The point is this is a guilty pleasure series for me. I will probably continue on only because I am interested in seeing the spinoff series, but I could easily see this thing going into full Cassandra Clare territory (yes, I said the name) in obnoxiousness-it’s already halfway there.
Fans of Feyre and Rhys’s eyeball worthy floor play, will likely enjoy this one. For me it was just meh at best. I know that their will banter with Rhys saying something suggestive, Feyre calling him prick, and them having sex on some sort of unsanitary surface that should have you cringing but Maas thinks is romantic.
Yeah, I know I’m a Debby Downer who’s a little germ obsessed.
Shrugs. I really don’t care.
At the end of the day though, I found this to be rather inoffensive if expected. I mean, I could tell his book was pretty much setting up the next arc of the story. I had a suspicion where Rhys and Feyre were going to go with their relationship, as well as a suspicion whose story is going to be told next.
So there really wasn’t anything out of the ordinary.
While I do find the romance at times to be cringe worthy, I was okay with it. I probably could’ve done less with the Tamlin bashing though. God, I get dude is a douche but he is really old news now unless he’s going to be redeemed and get his own series of books (which I honestly feel meh about since he was a huge douche especially in the second book).
Regardless, if your a fan of this series you’ll probably want to read this one. Sure, you can skip it, but if you really like the series you’ll probably want to have picked it up at some point in time.
Overall Rating: A B- like I said it was pretty much a tacked on epilogue of smut, but uber fans are going to like it.