Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

ACOTARWhen 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.

So when I decided to re-read the Throne of Glass series when I was on vacation, I should have taken A Court of Thorns and Roses with me too.  I’ve had this book since it was released back at the beginning of May but for some reason put off reading it until this past week! I never said I was the smartest.

Anyway, I’m so glad I finally picked up this book and read it.  Fair warning to those who are picking up this novel, there is a lot of exposition.  However, I do not think this is a drawback in any way, because it really puts you in the middle of the story immediately.  There is so much detail that Maas puts into her world-building that makes everything so wonderfully realistic.  I actually felt like I was actually apart of the scenery when reading this, and her descriptions make everything come alive.  I don’t know about anyone else, but world building is my number one love in fantasy novels.  It is something that I think Maas has improved upon since the first Throne of Glass novel, although even that novel was seriously strong.

Feyre, at first glance, is definitely more approachable as a character than Celaena.  Feyre is pretty beaten down by her life supporting her ungrateful family.  She is uneducated and had to work for everything she had or did, whether it be a small rabbit to feed her family, or the paints she couldn’t afford to feed her passion.  She willingly accepts her fate when she is forced to atone and still manages to be unbeaten by those circumstances that took her away from her family.

Tamlin, oh my.  He certainly has his hands full with Feyre, who is full of fire and spits insults at him almost constantly.  It’s easy to see in his actions that he is trying to make this whole experience bearable for her, but she continually shuts him down.  It’s pretty entertaining to read.  But he definitely grows on you as a character just as much as Feyre begins to see what a good man he is.  Now, there has been some debate that I’ve seen about Tamlin’s actions during the Fire Night ceremony, when he sleeps with another Faerie within a few hours of coming and expressing his desire for Feyre.  I will say that yes, it does seem like something sketchy to do.  However, this is a fictional world where these Faerie practices are considered the norm.  In addition, it is mentioned that the Faerie women wait to be chosen, so they are willing participants in this.  If anything, I really thought that Tamlin desiring Feyre so much that he searched for her instead of choosing one of the Faeries at first really shows where his heart lies.

Anyway, I’ll get off my soapbox.  Now, the secondary characters in A Court of Thorns and Roses are just as strongly written as the others.  I adored Lucien, for his undying loyalty to his best friend, for his rapier wit, and even for the times he decided to trick Feyre into doing something stupid.  Alis for being so loyal to Tamlin, her nephews, and to Feyre in the end.  Rhysand I haven’t decided on yet.  He obviously has some devious motives, but he also saved Fayre’s life more than once.  What is his angle?

I’m extremely excited about the second installment, which has (for now) just been named A Court of Thorns and Roses #2, but will have to wait until 2016.  It’s a good thing the fourth Throne of Glass novel comes out in a little over a month, because I will have to get my Maas fix!

5 Bards.

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Comments

  1. Love the cover so much, have this book on my book shelf. But haven’t read it yet. Hope to read it soon 🙂

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