The book starts with Feyre hunting for something for her family to eat and we find that she ends up killing a Fae instead (in the shape of a wolf) and she skins him to sell his fur and get money so she can feed her family and keep them safe. I found the way her sisters treated her to be quite cruel as she was working hard, clearly not healthy and they actually tried to make her feel even more insecure. Her father clearly didn’t intrude on this as when Tamlin comes in later as a beast (or some form of a beast) to account for the “Life for life” clause in the treaty between mortals and fae, which is later revealed to be a lie just so he can get Feyre to remove the curse on the Spring Court.. absolutely hated this when I found out and to be fair, I would start to doubt everything he had told her up until that point.
During her stay in Spring Court, Feyre manages to capture a Suriel? And she is told to stay with the High Lord. Tamlin then saves her after she is attacked by a few creatures and she leaves it. Eventually, there is a party (summer or winter solstice… i can’t really remember at this point because it’s been quite a while since I read it) and she meets Rhysand when he rescues her from Fae who are pestering her. I know this is my first meeting with Rhys at this point but I love how he stood up for her and saved her without really knowing who she was. He leaves her alone amd later on in the night, Feyre sees Tamlin who sort of forces himself onto her although he doesn’t go all the way. Now this was absolutely terrible for me since she clearly said no and he should’ve backed off… but the way he kept going, really annoyed me.
Eventually Feyre starts to develop feelings for Tamlin and ultimately falls in love with him. (I know I’ve skipped quite a bit of the plot but I don’t want to spoil absolutely everything in this review). When it’s found out that Amarantha has called in all the High Lords to join her in the Under Mountain which is designed to be like the Court of Nightmares in Night Court, Tamlin sends Feyre back to the mortal lands. They make love on the last night and he tells that he loves her.
After a while of staying at home, Feyre sets off for the Spring Court and she goes to the Under Mountain where she is challenged by Amarantha to solve a riddle by the end of the 3 months and she has 3 challenges to do as well. Feyre agrees and she is then sent to a cell where Lucien comforts her. After a part of the challenge, Rhys cleans her up and strikes a bargain with her that states she must give one week of every month to him abd she agrees. This gives her an inky tattoo design that shows their bargain and he helps her through the next challenge. In the last challenge Feyre is told to kill two High Fae and she does so, although it seems to break something inside her. She then has to stab Tamlin and she does, but Amarantha goes back on her word and kills Feyre directly after Feyre gives the answer to the riddle. Tamlin does nothing but hold her whereas Rhys is the one to kill Amarantha in a rage after seeing Feyre dead. Feyre sees herself through Rhysand’s eyes and sees that all the High Lords give her a part of themselves to revive her as a High Fae. At the end Rhys and Feyre say goodbye to each other but Rhys leaves after seeming to look up in shock.
I know I have a brief summary on this, but I really did not like Tamlin in this book. From the start of their meeting he seemed to be using Feyre and of course his continued kindness to her could be to ensure she falls in love with him and breaks the spell on the Spring Court. After she dies, he does nothing whereas Rhys is the one to strike back at Amarantha for what she did… Tamlin just seemed to give in, which if he does love her, kind of seems like a very weak love. I know Rhys acts like a jerk and all but when he visits Feyre in her cell, he seems to completely change and show his true self in a way, as though the act is to protect himself. I know many of you may disagree but this is my view on this book 🙂