A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Publication Date: May 2015
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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it… or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
There is something very appealing about medieval- type fantasies, especially when said fantasies include faeries and not vampires. A Court of Thorns and Roses is one of such fantasies.
Before I started reading this book, I had already set my mind towards expecting an average story at best. This being my first read by Sarah J. Maas, I did not have any experience with her works and so did not know if she was worth taking a chance on. Now, I know: she totally is!
Feyre is a young, human huntress, who is pretty much the bread winner of her family. Her father is a bit of a handicap, and her sisters are quite useless when it comes to helping out. When Feyre kills a wolf, she is taken by a Faerie Court High Lord to pay a sort of penance for her murder. Little does Feyre know that Tamlin- the High Lord- has been placed under a curse that only she can break.
I know what you’re thinking: that this sounds frightfully similar to Beauty and the Beast, and you are right. But we can’t all dismiss a good book, simply because its storyline is akin to that of a classic fairytale. Besides, the author did do an awfully good job of retelling the story. If it makes you feel better, this is not a Cinderella retelling (which I’m so happy about), as I’m sure like me, most of you are sick of reading stories similar to Cinderella.
One thing I really like about this story is the creativity the author employs for the creatures. They are not the normal everyday monsters and with the way she describes them, one can easily imagine what they look like. I also like the development of the characters, and the fact that the different worlds (human and faery) seem real, despite the fact that this is a fantasy.
The author’s writing style is superb. I like the fact that none of her characters are perfect people; they are as real as possible, under the paranormal circumstances.
The ending of the story is quite unlike that of Beauty and the Beast. Yes, the curse is broken and Tamlin and Feyre can now live happily, but in the course of breaking the curse, a small complication is established. A complication which leads to the sequel.
So now, I’m stuck waiting in anticipation for the next book, and I only wish I had waited to read this book. That being said, A Court of Thorns and Roses is now one of my favourite reads.
There, that should be recommendation enough for you. 🙂