My rating: 4 of 5 stars
narrated by Jennifer Ikeda👍👌
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When Feyre goes hunting in the woods one day, to provide meat for her family, she spots a wolf and a deer and decides to kill the wolf and sell his pelt on the market. She may have regretted killing the wolf, but it wasn't a mistake to be certain. 〘The wolf was a fairy, who had been sent by Tamlin himself as a sacrificial lamb. Feyre was meant to kill the fairy wolf.〙
Tamlin gets all up in her face for killing the shapeshifting fae and feeds her a mouthful of lies before he takes her back to the Spring Court. There he entices her to fall in love with him. They become intimately closer as Amarantha (the blight) is threatening the faerie realms and taking their magic powers. Tamlin isn't as strong as he used to be and he is cursed to wear a mask until the curse is lifted, which can only happen if a human kills a fae and falls in love with one. Feyre only needed to speak those magic words "I love you," and the curse would be lifted. But Tamlin is running out of time.
I thought Feyre would be happy with Tamlin in the land of faery. I mean she could come and go as she pleases and her bedroom is bigger than her cottage! Not to mention servants who looked after her. Tam and Lucien treat her pretty well, but she was petty and selfish. All she wanted was to go home to her sisters and father, but the memory of the day she was taken was wiped from their minds, and all they knew was that she was with a distant Aunt and safe.
"It took me a couple of hours to stop painting little portraits of Tamlin and Lucien with pigs' features. But as I finished the last one - Two faerie pigs wallowing in their own filth, I would call it - I smiled into the clear, bright light of my private painting room. The Tamlin I knew had returned. And it made me ...happy." page 200When Feyre was abused by Rhysand, a High Lord of the Night Court, Tamlin was afraid, if Amarantha were to find out about her, Feyre would be killed. So, he sends her back to her village. It was then Feyre should've told Tamlin she loved him. Stupid girl. She could have lifted the curse! She should have listened to the Suriel too. Oh well.
"some people would hurt you, Feyre. Hurt you because of what you are to me. I thought I would be able to handle them, to shield you from it, but after today... I can't. So you need to go home, far from here. You'll be safe there."-page 243-244Her family was well cared for by Tamlin. They went from rags to riches in no time. Feyre's sister wasn't compelled and knew something was wrong. Feyre admitted to the real truth, but she also was anxious about Tamlin. All she wanted to do was to go back to Tamlin and his estate. Only Alis told her that Tamlin, Lucien and everyone else was taken under the mountain. Alis also was able to tell the real story about everyone and what a story it was indeed!
What the hell made Feyre, a mere human, think she could save Tamlin and the whole of Prythia? She couldn't even read!!?
To take Tamlin back, Amarantha gave Feyre three trials to perform and a riddle to solve. Really? The things she did for love.
There are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet,
And those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet.
At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair,
But I bless all those who are brave enough to dare.
By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet,
But scorned, I become a difficult beast to defeat.
For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow,
When I kill, I do it slow...
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