I recently devoured this series by Sarah J. Maas and quite frankly I’ll probably read it all over again before Christmas because it was just that good. So I thought I would share this love with you all, one book at a time. A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in the three-part series that was shortly followed up with a novella by the name of A Court of Frost and Starlight. If I’m quite honest, the titles do it for me and the covers are gorgeous and there isn’t anything I don’t like about it. So, let the gushing begin.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a wondrous retelling of a tale as old as time. Except this time, the beast is a creature of myth and legend and Belle is a lot more feistyand rough around the edges.
We meet Feyre in the forest in the middle of winter; it is snowing harshly and she is on the hunt for food. She immediately comes across as cynical, ruthless, and frustrated. Left to provide for her two older sisters and her father, Feyre takes the shot of a lifetime and brings down a wolf with her bow and arrow. Except it soon becomes apparent that this was no wolf, and his family would like justice. As retribution for his dear friend’s murder, Tamlin comes to collect Feyre. Soon realising that Tamlin is High Fae, a High Lord in fact, and a dangerous creature that lives beyond the wall between the mortal lands and his home – Prythian, Feyre begins to plot her escape. All is not as it seems when Feyre is drawn into dark plots, ancient curses, and a life-threatening love.
The design of Prythian is nothing short of masterful. From the intricate descriptions of beautiful lands and history, to the fantastic characterisations of Fae and their dark enemies, Maas gives us a world we can only hope to be swept up in. Despite the majority of the novel being spent in and around the Spring Court and Tamlin’s estate, you do not feel isolated. As a reader, you are taken on a journey that sets up a mystical and encapsulating series.
Tamlin and Feyre’s story was definitely my favourite aspect of the first novel. Her icy sassiness and curiosity was definitely the best match for Tamlin’s stand-offish attitude and borderline broodiness. As their acquaintance becomes so much more, the passion and fire comes right off the page. However this novel is much more than a love story and it takes Beauty and the Beast for everything it has. The disconcerting ‘blight’ that is threatening Prythian and unnerving Tamlin and his trusted friend Lucien is something we live to fear without even knowing what it is.
I honestly never wanted to pick up this book when everybody started raving about it because I had visions of faeries and forests and the general stereotypes that one imagines. I had no idea how action-packed, steamy, and hilarious Maas’ world would turn out to be. My heart was in my mouth on more than one occasion and I was absolutely livid when I realised I had travelled all the way to the south of France without the sequels and no way of accessing them. This book will have you on the edge of your seat, laughing, crying, and praying that what you’re reading isn’t true.
If you are a fan of fantasy at its best and aren’t adverse to steamy, heart-gripping romances with a dash of action, threat, and fear, this is the series for you. I’ll be reviewing the follow up books; A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin in the coming weeks. If you’ve read these before, let me know in the comments! No spoilers!
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