Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Synopsis: 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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin–and his world–forever.
I have an interesting relationship with books by Sarah J. Maas. I can’t ever seem to decide how I feel about them. This isn’t really bad or good, I think. It is just what it is.
That being said, I really wanted to get my hands on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES. Why? Because I love BEAUTY AND THE BEAST and I’ll consume retellings like tea (and if you know me at all, you know I drink a lot of tea).
I have to admit, it’s been a few months since I read this book, and I also read it in one day. Yes, all 416 pages. There’s a lot to talk about, so let’s get started.
Okay, Feyre. I don’t really know what to think about you. My initial impression was that I didn’t like you, but I think I could like you so I’m going to give you another chance in the second book.
I think the best way to describe Feyre is bitter. She doesn’t have a good relationship with anyone in her family. When we meet her, she’s freezing in the forest hunting for food. She’s the only one willing to hunt for her family, the others are spoiled and still mourning the loss of their fortune. I did admire Feyre for this. She wasn’t into reclaiming the fortune her family once had, she just wants to paint.
While Feyre is in the forest, she kills a great wolf and later, Tamilin, a High Fey, comes to claim her for his own in exchange for his friends death, and take her to the Fey realm of Prythian where she will live forever (mwahahaha…except it’s not all that bad not because Tamilin lives in a palace and has tons of food and extravagance–exactly what Feyre had before her father went bankrupt).
In Prythian, Feyre learns there is a blight upon the land–a sickness–that’s driving many of the Fey out of the lands, and diminishing powers. All of this is a result of a masquerade (yes, masquerade) that occurred almost 50 years prior.
While in Prythian, Feyre is difficult–I don’t blame her for being difficult, really. She’s heard a lot of bad things about the Fey. Still, I think she trusts really soon and she thinks about escaping a lot, but doesn’t actually try to escape. Instead, she captures a Suriel in the forest and demands answers from him. The Suriel tells her to stay with the High Lord (Tamilin), but offers no explanation other than she’ll be safe with him (contrary to what all the humans have said about fey, though Tamilin has really given her no reason to believe otherwise). After this encounter, Feyre just seems convinced that she needs to contact her family to warn them of the possible danger that might come to the human realm because of the blight.
Honestly, as far as Feyre is concerned, her character doesn’t become really kickass until the end. The last few chapters of this book are for Feyre, and they’re great…I just wish it hadn’t taken so long.
Now, Tamilin. I like you. I don’t really know why–maybe it’s because you’re sort of mysterious and you disappear for spans of time and come back all bloodied like you’ve been in a battle that we never see (that I really want to see, actually, because that’s more interesting than reading about Feyre painting) and you wear that mask all the time, even if it’s not by choice. You sort of remind me of a Robin Hood or something–the last of the High Lords, holding out against the evil Amarantha. You’re broody and sort of melancholy. I guess I get it. I think you can embrace your power more, so I hope that actually happens in the second book.
Lastly, as far as characters go, I want to say–Rhysand, I don’t know if I like you. I think I’m supposed to like you, like…you’re supposed to have redeeming qualities or something but I just think you’re sorta of creepy. And for God’s Sake, I really hope this isn’t turning into a love triangle between you, Feyre, and Tamilin because *eye roll* no.
The beginning of this book is slow. I felt like Maas was trying too hard, especially since I’ve read the Throne of Glass series and it wasn’t as…annoyingly descriptive. Don’t get me wrong–I love description, but in this book, it was just frustrating. I skipped pages, though I hate to admit it.
I liked the world-building in this book. I like to refer to it as ‘light’ world-building–it’s not overbearing, and it’s not non-existent…sort of like the perfect mix. The world of Prythian is really interesting and the dynamics of the Fey, while typical, are still interesting.
Overall, I liked A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, and I’ll definitely read the second one.
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