This book starts off a few weeks after the ending of A Court of Mist and Fury, but it mainly consists of Feyre constantly looking for answers and then very rarely communicating with Rhys. However, I did enjoy the bits of humour injected into an otherwise tense atmosphere as Tamlin is starting to become extremely suffocating, and as a person reading the book, I HATED him! (I don’t think I’ve expressed how much before but I HATE TAMLIN!)
With that off my chest, Feyre finds that Hybern has sent twins to look at the wall between Mortal Lands and Pyrithian to look for holes to find where they can break it from. When out on one such outing, Feyre breaks (and I mean BREAKS) the priestess’ hand (mind’s really not at it’s strongest right now so no idea what her name was 😂😂 I… something) she also… kills?.. the twins and attempts to escape but Lucien comes with her and they cross onto the Autumn Court where Lucien’s siblings attempt to stop them but both of them escape… with help 😂 They then travel to the High Court!
I’m going to skip some key bits because… well I can’t go spoiling everything can I? 😁 Essentially, Feyre and Rhys make up with the Summer court after the fiasco from ACOMAF and it is established that Amren has a crush on…. (it’s a secret 😄)
The High Lords have a meeting in which Tamlin is super childish a d insults Feyre, who then explodes and uses all the powers gained from all the various High Lords and shuts up the High Lord of Autumn Court and very nearly kills him 😂 Rhys also has his moment by shutting up Tamlin, literally without flinching a muscle or shifting… just takes hid voice away… best moment EVER!
Feyre is told that the High Lord of Autumn Court’s wife had an affair with Helion, from… the Dawn Court? And Lucien is actually Helion’s son! Now this was something, so it also explained the animosity of the family towards Lucien 🙄 they don’t actually tell anyone this so I don’t think it matters much but it explains A LOT! Elain is found to be a sightseer? And Nesta has anger issues… naturally 😂
Hybern then messes with everyone and throws them around a LOT! An old enemy is discovered to be a friend, Elain is kidnapped by Hybern, then rescued by Azriel and Feyre. When they’re nearly caught, Tamlin (of all people why him 😭😭) saves them and fights off the attackers whilst they escape!
Fast forward to the ending, Rhys dies and Amren leaves, but Feyre manages to revive Rhys in the same manner that she was revived in, who also happens to drag Amren back… as normal high fae this time! Hybern is killed by Elain and Nesta, when he kills their father, who had surprisingly been hunting for the last Queen to aid Feyre and Rhys (and the entirety of Pyrithian)
In summary, I loved the book but I found that it dragged.. A LOT. I actually dropped the book for two months because it just wasn’t going anywhere with the storyline. There is a major Mor secret that is explained in this that explains a lot of her evasiveness when it comes to Azriel and why they haven’t gotten together yet! I have a feeling that Lucien may also be left on the sidelines as Elain and Azriel fall in love… and I really don’t hope that’s the case but it might be and it’s not too satisfying 😭