A Court of Thorns and Roses
By: Sarah J. Maas
My Rating: 4/5 stars
Genre: High Fantasy, Fairies, YA, Romance
Synopsis: Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
The first section of this review will be spoiler free
I finally got around to reading this book! It’s one of those series I have wanted to read for a while, and everyone has been telling me to read but for some reason I just wasn’t getting to it. I am so glad I finally picked it up, because it was everything I was hoping it would be. I realize there are some mixed feelings about the sequel and third book, but I haven’t read those as of now, so that will have to wait for my later reviews.
Right off the bat I was excited by the world building, because I love books about fairies and I found the various courts very interesting, I wish we could have seen them all and not just the Spring Court. Feyre was a really good lead character, she was strong and independent and had a kind of toughness that I always admire in female protagonists. I did feel that her sisters were not as well developed, but I realize that they weren’t a large part of the story in this book, and I have no doubt they will be fleshed out more in the following books. Tamlin was also a great lead character, he was very complex for what I assumed would be just a love interest character. In my opinion he surpassed any two dimensional character tropes that love interests tend to fall into, because he was allowed to have his own story.
Overall, I enjoy Sarah J. Maas’ writing, I read Throne of Glass and I really loved how she defied expectation and pushed characters onto paths I never would have expected them going. She tends to write complex, flawed and realistic characters, and though I may at first be upset that they don’t always follow the fantasy ending I hope they will, in the end I really appreciate their quality.
If you are a fan of Cassandre Clare’s Mortal Instruments Series, Shadow and Bone, or the Graceling trilogy by Kristin Cashore this series if definitely for you. There are fairies, curses, love stories and intrigue, it’s really the perfect high fantasy mix.
Let’s jump right in to Tamlin and Feyre’s romance. I wasn’t surprised that they were ‘destined’ to become a couple, though I didn’t really know how to feel about how fast they seemingly fell in love. Their romance was very intense, and definitely lead to some very hot scenes between the two, but we will have to see how it plays out in the future books. Tamlin’s curse, to make a mortal girl who had killed on of his kind, fall in love with him was an interesting twist. However, I was most pleasantly surprised that Feyre wasn’t angry when she found out. I was expecting there to be a big reveal ad for her to fall into the typical “betrayed by the love interest” trope. Instead, Feyre’s only reaction was to regret not telling Tamlin she loved him when she had the chance, and to race back to try and make things right. It was really refreshing, and fit perfectly into the kind of character Feyre is. Feyre becoming a High Fae at the end was also an interesting twist. I am sure it will cause her issues in the sequels, because one can’t go from a mortal life to immortal easily, it is a recipe for disaster.
Have you guys read A Court of Thorns and Roses? let me know what you thought!