Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
Started: 14th March 2017
Completed: 15th March 2017
Summary: 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.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses Saga by Sarah J. Maas. The second book in the series is A Court of Mist and Fury and the third book, due to be published in early May 2017, is titles A Court of Wings and Ruin.
Maas is also the author of the very popular Throne of Glass series which currently consists of five books with a sixth due out in 2018.
I liked a lot about this book, hence the 4* rating, and the thing that I enjoyed the most was the universe that Maas created. I love the idea of the different Courts in the Fae lands and the history of the Human-Fae war which lead to the two worlds being separated. I loved the different customs and the curse of the Spring Court. It was all just excellent. The plot was great. It starts off very simply, with Feyre being taken to the Fae land to atone for killing a member of the Spring Court, but the tension builds and the plot becomes more complicated as the origins of the curse are revealed. It was complex and gripping and I really enjoyed most of it. However, the ending just felt off for some reason. I don’t know why but I just didn’t enjoy the ending at all.
The range of characters is amazing. Feyre, the main character, is a very strong character because she’s flawed. She’s prejudice towards a whole species but she’s loyal to her family, despite not liking them most of the time. She’s attractive but she doesn’t seem to be the most beautiful person in the book. She can’t be because the Fae are inhumanly beautiful. Tamlin, another of the main characters, was actually fairly annoying but I did think that he was a well-written character. What I truly enjoyed most about the characters was the growth of Nesta and Rhysland. They became two of my favourite characters towards the end of the novel as they developed into better people.
Maas’ writing style is great and I loved her vivid descriptions. She has a real talent for bringing fantasy worlds to life. I was almost surprised by the sexual nature of the book but it did fit in with the world that Maas has created and it wasn’t out of place in a YA novel in my opinion.. The only place where the writing faltered for me was during Feyre’s trials because the descriptions of each trial was lacking the lustre of her other descriptions. It was almost as if Maas rushed these sections and I was really disappointed by this section of the novel.
I would definitely recommend this book to fans of YA novels and to those who enjoy high fantasy novels because Maas’ world-building is beautiful. I was thoroughly immersed in Maas’ descriptions and her characters are wonderfully real. Small aspects of the novel were disappointing to me but the rest of the book is great.
I’m looking forward to reading the second book in the series very soon.