Genre: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
“So Nesta had become a wolf. Armed herself with invisible teeth and claws, and learned to strike faster, deeper, more lethally. Had relished it. But when the time came to put away the wolf, she’d found it had devoured her too.”
This book follows Nesta and Cassian as they battle their internal demons and search for acceptance and healing together. This book touches on some serious topics such as sexism, trauma, mental health, while also being a hot feminist fantasy romance. I will start by saying that I am absolute trash for anything by Sarah, so I enjoyed it regardless of the flaws. I feel like I’ve been waiting for this book to release for ages, and I am just so excited to have finally got to return to Velaris.
In the previous books, Nesta has been a hard character to like and connect to, so I went into this book really just wanting to understand her. This book delivered that and so much more., not only did I come to understand Nesta more, but I love her. Watching her fight for herself was inspiring, but honestly, she is just such a bad bitch, what isn’t to like. I don’t care much for Cassian, but how can I when my High Lord Rhysand makes multiple appearances throughout the book. Cassian just doesn’t stand out much to me, but his loyalty and dedication to Nesta made my heart happily convulse.
I enjoyed the overall storyline, even though the book was very long, it was paced well enough that, I didn’t really want it to end. I enjoyed watching Nesta make friends especially with The House of Wind. If the House doesn’t get its own page on the character wiki I will riot. Anyway, Emerie and Gwyneth were great characters and it was great to see their feminist sisterhood bloom. This book is character-driven, which means you also get to experience side-plots, which I enjoyed a lot. The smut and romance in this book are classic Sarah J Maas, which I enjoy, even though I am starting to really hate the concept of mates.
As someone who struggles with CPTSD, I felt that her trauma was sometimes just being used to justify her being a shitty person, which is harmful and annoying. But I do understand that Trauma can make it harder for you to see how your behaviour is affecting other people. But in Nesta’s case, I think she is just a bitch, that happens to have trauma, and that’s okay. Love her regardless, she is hot and can push me around any day. I thought her journey to healing was beautiful and was happy to see that they used real coping tools.
By the end, I was so emotionally invested and loved watching everything come together for those final moments. Watching Nesta prove her growth and make restitution to Feyre gave me goosebumps. I enjoyed going back to the Night Court and getting to be with these characters again. I love Sarah’s characters and the universe, and despite the flaws enjoyed this book. I am very excited for the future of this franchise, which includes the next book, and the TV SERIES!