|Author||Sarah J. Maas|
|Series||A Court of Thorns and Roses|
|Date Released||5 May 2015|
Currently, I’m re-reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (review on that to come), so I thought I’d review the first book in the series to start this off.
Quick intro: Feyre is a nineteen-year-old human, living on a small island, on the other side of a wall from the Fae world of Prythian, until she does some things that take her over the wall and into a war she hadn’t known existed. She falls in love (a little bit of a Beauty and the Beast thing) and gets herself into trouble and there’s a big curse and a super-evil-queen-type thing.
In reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, I recognized a female character with the guts to do what had to be done, even if it might offend others. Feyre was, for the most part, thoroughly unapologetic for her actions and her feelings. I think there’s an important underlying message in the novel, regarding female strength (more on that in ACOMAF).
There’s violence, love, war, deception, and best of all (in my opinion) – deals with faeries (there’s really no telling what happens with fae involved). I love how Maas takes the idea of faeries and makes them her own, with small differences between ACOTAR and the Throne of Glass series, but keeps them devious and magical and so full of hidden power.
The choice of Feyre as the story’s narrator gives us a brilliant introduction to the world of Prythian as myths are shattered and Feyre struggles to glean the truth from her enchanted hosts/captors. The characterization of the faeries and their world develops as Feyre learns more and more about the world she’s been forced into. This development continues throughout the book, along with Feyre’s own transformation, from a starving mortal to a strong yet broken woman who endures pain beyond what she could have imagined before crossing the border between the mortal lands and Prythian. It’s pretty cool to experience, and reading this book was certainly an experience.
Altogether, I loved the book and the characters’ strength through their trials, as well as the way the story is built through Feyre’s point of view. I’ve re-read A Court of Thorns and Roses many times since it came out, and would definitely recommend it if you like reading about good vs. evil, deception, the concept of nobility, magic, awesome ladies, etc. However, if you read it and you weren’t a huge fan, hang on and read the second book in the series. It gets even better.
This is kind of my first real book review, so let me know any comments you think of or any suggestions you have for me (longer/shorter, things to take out/add, etc.)
“Things are different now. It’s not safe to travel alone at night – especially if you’re human.”
“Free me, human.”