Author: Sarah J. Maas
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Cheers Factor: 5/5
Empress Gin has a stunning color. For this drink there is no substitution on the liquor merely for the color. The light purple you get with this drink reminds me of starfall and the colors that our characters see in the sky. It’s such a hopeful time and it’s truly a wonderful moment for Feyre. I think it’s when she truly begins to forgive herself and I love that a very light drink can represent that.
-2oz Empress Gin
-1oz fresh lemon juice
-¾ ounce egg white
-Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice
-Shake and strain to remove ice
-Shake again without ice
-Fine strain into glass
“Love- love was a balm as much as it was a poison.”
Take a Shot: After surviving the harrowing events of Under the Mountain Feyre and Tamlin are trying to forget the horrors they both suffered. However, forgetting might not happen as easily as either of them assumed. With their upcoming nuptials Feyre is feeling scared and still so broken from surviving Amarantha’s trials while also adjusting to her new life as a High Fae. Then she has to remember her bargain with Rhys and when he conveniently calls upon their bargain during her wedding day events begin to unfold that will put Feyre on a path that maybe she was meant to be on all along.
“To the stars who listen- and the dreams that answered.”
This is my favorite book in this series hands down. Okay well thus far. At the time of writing this I have yet to read A Court of Silver Flames and I know Maas intends to write a couple more books in the Prythian based universe. But can you blame me when you get so much of Rhysand? No sane person would.
The character development in this book is much better than that in the first book. Compared to its predecessor that focused so much on the world building, this one took great care to really deep dive into Feyre as a character and the other characters who she meets and eventually brings into her chosen family. One part I truly love about the characters is their willingness to accept Feyre and allow her to feel her feelings. She breaks down in front of Cassian and he is willing to let that happen. Mor changes dresses so that Feyre will feel more comfortable at their first meeting. I loved getting to read that. And I can’t talk about the characters without talking about Rhysand’s insistence on Feyre having the power to choose what she wants. Regardless of how problematic some might perceive Maas to be, I do respect her a lot for those details she adds to her characters and the delicacy with which she treats PTSD, trauma and abuse.
This book also has the most plot and twists and turns in my opinion. I love when we get to see Tarquin in the Summer Court, catching the Suriel and finding out Feyre and Rhysand are mates, or even Hybern with Feyre’s sisters and the cauldron. I just love the little moments we get to see our characters experience as well as all of the big events. The events of this book are also described so vividly that you can’t help but feel a part of it with the characters.
As always I love the setting of these books. There is something about a completely made up world with made up rules that just strikes my fancy. Especially when the world is created with as much detail as this one has been. I absolutely love this book and enjoyed it even more when I read it for a second time. Personally I really enjoyed reading this series and I feel like the characters become a part of my life while I read the book and that’s what makes the reading experience that much more fun.
“And she is the High Lady of the Night Court.”
Each book here at Cheers&Chapters is rated based off of certain categories that are genre specific, however every book will get a Cheers Factor. The Cheers Factor is how much we wanted to raise our glass while reading it. So get your glasses ready and cheers!