Book Review a court of thorns and rose by sarah j maas

Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

(Last Updated On: August 30, 2017)

Synopsis for “A Court of Thorns and Roses”:

“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 an excellent new adult fantasy story. My kind of favorite story really, so I might be a bit biased here, but I’ll try to be as objective as I can.

Since this is fantasy, let’s talk about the world Sarah J. Maas has created. And the world is great. Gritty and brutal, but magical and beautiful. One of the facts of Feyre as a character is that she doesn’t know how to read, and it makes sense in the context of the story, as she has had to provide for her family and she hasn’t had time to do things like practice her reading and her writing.

“Do you ever stop being so serious and dull?”
“Do you ever stop being such a prick?” I snapped back.
Dead—really, truly, I should have been dead for that.
But Lucien grinned at me. “Much better.”

― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

The characters are also wonderful, complex, and relatable in both their motivations and emotions. Even if it’s not clear right away, since Feyre doesn’t know Lucien and Tamlin very well in the beginning, and she is very distrusting and guarded against the Fae.

Though, the book does have an issue for me. The beginning is awesome. And all the second half of it is just as awesome. High stakes, romance, good-looking lords, sassy and clever dialogue, a riddle. All kinds of fun stuff.

But between the beginning and the awesome, the story slows down. There is nothing wrong with the story in those parts, but it slows down as the reader needs to know Feyre better, and the Fae she’s living with and to give them time for the romance to blossom.

“Because all the monsters have been let out of their cages tonight, no matter what court they belong to. So I may roam wherever I wish until the dawn.”

― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

I’ll admit, I like my stories with lots of actions, so it was a little difficult for me to get through the slow part. Difficult, but not unpleasant. The story is well written and crafted, immersive and enthralling.

Tamlin is so adorably awkward when he tries to interact with Feyre. Especially in the beginning. Just adorable.

Lastly, even if I’m always loving the sweet frustration of cliffhangers, this book doesn’t end in one. Of course it is the first of a trilogy, so it leaves unanswered questions and the characters have things they need to deal with, but there is no cliffhanger. The story of this book is wrapped up nicely, opening up the characters for a bigger, nastier mess in the second book.

“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”

― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses

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