REVIEW: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
A friend bought me this book and its sequel for Christmas as part of a Secret Santa book exchange on Litsy because she knew how much I liked Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle. I’d heard of these books but never got around to reading them – I regret this now as it was so good! A Beauty and the Beast retelling, A Court of Thorns and Roses is filled with magic, mystery, and romance. The beginning was a little slow but the pace soon picked up once Feyre entered Prythian with Tamlin. I loved the character of Feyre – she’s a capable hunter with a love of art. Feisty, intelligent, and brave, Feyre made me empathise with her sense of isolation as a mortal in the Spring Court. As she adjusts to her new situation, I was swept up in her romance with the cursed fairy Tamlin. Sarah J Maas sure knows how to write a swoon-worthy love story!
“I threw myself into that fire, threw myself into it, into him, and let myself burn.”
One of my favourite things about this book was the setting. Prythian is the faerie realm across the wall from the mortal lands. Divided into different courts, Feyre is taken to the Spring Court ruled by Tamlin. It’s a beautiful and tranquil landscape, blighted by a curse that resulted in all the members of the Court being stuck wearing masques. The theme of disguise is repeated throughout the book, as Feyre must decide who she can trust and who is merely pretending to be trustworthy.
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
Apart from Feyre, I found the characters of Lucien and Rhysand to be my favourites. I hope both characters are explored further in A Court of Mist and Fury (although since my friend is obsessed with Rhysand and the Night Court, I think that Rhysand is definitely a huge part of that book!). Sarah J Maas has written an engaging story that has become one of my new favourites. I couldn’t put it down and finished it in a day before picking up the sequel. I only wish I’d read it sooner so that I could have re-read it before the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin.
An unputdownable Beauty and the Beast re-telling filled with magic and romance. Perfect for lovers of YA and fairytales. Come visit the Spring Court…
About the Author
SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Timesbestselling author of the Throne of Glass series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade; and the Court of Thorns and Roses series: A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog.