A Court of Thorns and Roses Book One
Written by Sarah J. Maas
Fantasy, Retelling, New Adult
Published May 1st 2015
Thank you to Bloomsbury Australia
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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.
Feyre lives below the poverty line, her family having lost their fortune and living in a ramshackle cottage not fit for the family of four. Their father barely has the will to live and her two sisters refuse to earn their keep, relying on Feyre to hunt for their next meal. The forest isn't safe for mortals, a centuries old treaty between the Fae and humans barely enforced, as fae and savage monsters roam the walls outside of Prythian, land of the fae. But when Feyre discovers a wolf hunting her prey, the treaty is broken and Tamlin has come to collect. A life for a life.
Tamlin lives within the Spring court, where his captive is expected to live out her human life. His face hid by an elaborate mask, a curse placed upon his kingdom to which neither Tamlin or his courtier and emissary Lucien will speak of. But beyond the compound wall lies a sickness that masks the fae power and threatens to spill into the human realm. Feyre may have the freedom to roam Prythian, but escape is futile and being assured that her family has been taken care of offers little comfort. But Tamlin isn't the cruel tyrant Feyre assumed he would be, his kindness and hospitality now slowly thawing her cool facade and flaming feelings she never thought possible.
But Tamlin's secrets run deeper than the Blight upon his land, and it's Feyre that will risk her life for the Fae she once thought were monsters. The huntress has now become the hunted, and she will stop at nothing to fight for the man she's come to love.Sarah J. Maas, you complete me.
I generally don't have much luck with new adult and in the past, I've never been the biggest advocate of fantasy novels as a whole. A Court of Thorns and Roses not only managed to completely surpass my expectations, but has me considering calling my first born little Maas. It's sexy, it's smouldering and incredibly imaginative. A brilliant world so lovingly created that has me ransacking my shelves for anything to maintain my book high. Yes, I'm drunk on faeries.
Feyre is a brilliant and snarky character that isn't afraid to stand up for herself. Reminiscent of Katniss Everdeen, she's strong willed and a born leader, providing for her family who neither seem to care or support her efforts. When Tamlin breaks down her door and takes her captive, I cheered. Anything would be better than living in poverty with her self centered, asshole of a family. This girl probably would have been better off being raised by wolves. Tamlin. He's fae, mysterious, incredibly masculine, but he is far from perfect. Not only is he socially awkward, but is stuck wearing a masquerade mask due to the curse on his kingdom. He's a man of few words and his bravado coming in the form of beastly roaring and killing anything that dares to infiltrate his land. Emissary Lucien is always on hand to provide snarky commentary, while Feyre and Tamlin begin to navigate their growing feelings for one another.
I absolutely loved it. The sass, the reimagining of a classic fairytale and vivid world building. In much the same vain as her Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas builds upon her storyline in layers, allowing the reader to bond with her characters before introducing us to her imagined world. The building romance between Feyre and Tamlin is intense, smouldering and incredibly sexy. She wants him with every part of her being, but is torn between the situation he's forced upon her and wanting to explore her feelings. The captor slash captive romance isn't unique, but Sarah has taken it to an all new level beyond the point of Stockholm Syndrome.
The Final Verdict
Smoking hot. Hold onto your ovaries ladies, A Court of Thorns and Roses is enough to make you spontaneously combust. Sarah J. Maas has done it again. Creating an incredible fantasy world to lose yourself within. Beautifully imagined, lovingly created and proving yet again why she is the premier fantasy author.