A Court of Thorns and Roses: A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 1)
by Sarah J. Maas
“Feyre is a huntress.
She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers mercilessly beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price…
Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor’s body bears the scars of fighting, and his face is always masked – but his piercing stare draws her ever closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows.
Feyre’s must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.”
I had seen A Court of Thorns and Roses in the bookshops and things mentioned on Twitter (especially when the second book came out), but it was not until I was well stuck into the Throne of Glass series (Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows and Empire of Storms) that I properly thought about reading it.
Feyre is out hunting to feed her family, when a large wolf shows up and she kills it. However, a faerie comes looking for a life-debt and Feyre has no choice but to live with him over the wall. But things over the wall are not how the myths and legends described.
Well, that was not what I thought was going to happen! I loved the parts between Feyre, Tamlin and Lucien. I also liked the parts with Rhysand. Although most of these parts were conversational. I thought the description of the land was fantastic and it made me feel like I was there.
I think that Feyre, Tamlin, Lucien and Rhysand have to be my favourite characters. Feyre for being a mortal trying to fit into a world of faeries, Tamlin for trying to protect Feyre and his people, Lucien for being annoyingly witty (I do not know if witty is the right word) and Rhysand for proving himself in the end. All the other characters were great.
I was hooked pretty much from the first page, you were straight into the story, but it took a couple of pages to get into the action. Then there were so many twists and turns, that I was on a roller coaster – both with the story and my emotions. First it was tense, then happy, shocked, sad, happy, scared and so on. I am also really happy that it was written in the first person.
A Court of Thorns and Roses does end on a cliffhanger, this is because it is only the first of a trilogy/series (I have heard of both happening), and the next book is A Court of Mist and Fury.
While reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, I described it as mortal trying to get home, but wanting to help the faeries. I would recommend this book to older teenagers and adults due to mature content. 5 out of 5.