A Court 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.
This is my first book by Maas and I’ve heard good reviews on this series from people. And I wasn’t disappointed. Few days after reading the series and I’m still in a trance. Who wouldn’t love a badass heroine who fights her way in a world of beasts and monsters? I can’t even put into words how much I love this book. The setting is magical and dreamlike. It is like a retelling of Beauty and the Beast but in a world of magical creatures-faeries and with so much action on the side. I finished this book in one sitting and still felt like I can’t read fast enough. So, what I really loved about this book is the world created by the author. I’m a sucker of fairy tales and magical worlds, that’s why. Lol. The story is similar to Beauty and the Beast- the beast form, the curse, taking Feyre away, but also different in a lot of ways. The first book ended well but I was totally drawn, I have to read the second book. And I did, without ado.
Best parts of the book (spoilers ahead)
- Feyre killing the wolf faerie- I liked her from the start for being a huntress.
- Prythian- come on, it’s a magical world!
- Lucien and his red hair, Tamlin and his golden hair, the mask, and regal awesomeness.
- Feyre’s encounter with the Suriel and killing 2 naga’s- that was awesome! How could a human take out two powerful faeries, right!? But who cares about logic? I loved that scene, unrealistic as it seemed.
- When Feyre met Rhysand on Calanmai- not a remarkable first meeting but it was interesting enough.
- The curse- it made the story somewhat clichèd but it also made the plot intriguing. Gripping, even. Like, what is this blight all about!?
- Amarantha’s first test, hunting the Wyrm- I read a book for these kinds of scenes
- Amarantha’s last test, to kill 3 innocent faes- this was the best part I think. To choose to save the one she loves and his people even if it broke her, that’s one hell of a sacrifice she made. And that made a great ending. But, not good enough for me to stop wanting moooore….
- Oh, and! Feyre and Rhysand at the balcony after defeating Amaranta- just what was that reaction all about? I mean Rhy’s reaction when he left.