Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Audience: New Adult
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a book that has become one of my new favourites. I loved getting to know the world and seeing the characters develop as the story progressed. I can’t wait to carry on with the series and see even more of Prythian.
My favourite part of A Court of Thorns and Roses are the characters. My favourite character has to be Feyre. I love the journey that she goes on throughout the book and how she grows into the character she becomes at the end of the book. The other character that I enjoyed finding out about was Rhysand, I liked the dynamic between Feyre and Rhysand when they met, and I hope that will carry on it future books because I feel there is something to be explored there. The only character that I didn’t like was Tamlin. I found him very annoying and didn’t like his behaviour towards the end of the book. I was also surprised about how much we got to learn about Feyre’s sisters even though we only see them for a short period; from what we did get to learn, I hope we get to see them again and in even more detail.
As I didn’t like Tamlin, I couldn’t get on board with the romance in A Court of Thorns and Roses, but I did still enjoy it. I know that seems a little bit strange, but I liked Sarah J. Maas’s way of writing the romance; I just didn’t like the character. So I hope that the love interest will change in the rest of the series so I can be fully on board.
One thing I did love in A Court of Thorns and Roses learning about Prythian and the Spring Court. I found the setting to be really interesting and can’t wait to find out more in future books. I loved how Sarah J. Maas describes the setting so you can truly imagine what it is meant to look like. I hope that in the future were are going to see more of the other courts as I think that would add to the series and make it seem even more magical.
I found the pacing in A Court of Thorns and Roses nicely balanced as I felt that Sarah J. Maas dedicated enough time to the ending rather than it feeling very rushed. I also enjoyed that time was taken to completely explain what occurred in the past, as this is normally neglected even when it directly affects the books’ events.
I can’t wait to carry on with the series and find out where it will go next.
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