Book Review – ACourt of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
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.
Okay, so I read this book last year after finishing the Throne of Glass series. I couldn’t imagine reading anything better than that in all honestly. Sarah J Maas is one of my favourite authors.
She is the Queen of world building, fantasy and faeries. I just needed more.
I picked this up without knowing anything about it besides the fact that Sarah had written it and that was good enough for me.
I have now read it for a second time and with the new book releasing in just over a week I decided now would be a good time to reread all the previous books and update and share my reviews with you all.
There are no words to describe how much I love this book and this series in its entirety so I will do my best not to ramble too much.
So at its essence this is sort of a Beauty and the Beast retelling but with faeries.
Feyre and her family are living in a tiny little cottage after their father lost his fortune. The father is depressed and her two sisters don’t do anything to help out and so it is left to Feyre to teach herself how to hunt to provide for the family and she does so in the woods just beyond the cottage.
In these woods there is also an invisible wall. This wall is the boundary between the human lands and the faerie lands of Prythian.
The humans despise the faeries due to legends of attacks and slavery passed down through the generations and so when Feyre spots a giant wolf whilst out hunting that she thinks MUST be a faerie she doesn’t hesitate.
She kills it.
This sets off the whole chain of events and results in Feyre being taken from her home and into Prythian to live out her days in recompense for the cold blooded murder of one of their own.
Feyre quickly learns though as she lives with the faeries that not everything is as she has always believed.
There is a blight in the land and it is spreading.
It could spread to the human lands and to her family.
Then there’s a twist and it is just absolutely amazing.
It is a rollercoaster like few I have experienced before.
The characters are surprising, deep, complex and sexy. I love everything about this story.
The world is magical, beautiful yet at the same time dark and terrifying.
This story is absolutely action packed!
Reading this a second time was actually more enjoyable. I knew what was going to happen and it allowed me to just slow down and savour the characters and the twists and turns and it was all just a really brilliant reminder of everything that I loved about it the first time.
This is a book that I wish I could read for the first time over and over again.