My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
About the Author:
Sarah J. Maas (born 5 March 1986) is an American fantasy author and #1 New York Times bestseller of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages.
Publication Year: 2015
‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ is set in the world divided into two parts: the south where the Humans live and Prythian in the north that is ruled by different Faeries. The north and the south are separated by a wall. Humans and Fae had a troubled past so people on both sides keep to themselves, harboring animosity towards one another.
The protagonist, Feyre, is responsible for taking care of her family. While out hunting in the forest, she stumbles upon a wolf and ends up killing it which lands her in huge trouble. As per the treaty, she has to pay for her actions by offering her life and move to Prythian which is a dangerous place for mortals.
Upon entering the Spring Court of Fae lands, Feyre learns that the Fae are forced to wear masks due to a curse put on them 50 years ago. Also, she finds that the court is under attack due to a blight which is unleashing all sorts of terrible creatures in the court and if it ends up spreading into the human realm, it could lead to dire consequences.
This is a retelling of the classic fairy tale of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ but it’s only loosely based on it. For one, the love interest Tamlin is no beast. Also, he’s quite attractive even though his face is covered with a mask and he’s nice most of the time. And, Beauty i.e. Feyre is a huntress who doesn’t know how to read.
The first half of the book is slow and boring. I had to urge myself to keep going but towards the end, it gets better. I was fascinated by the world the author has created with humans and dark, beautiful faeries. We only get to see some part of the world, maybe because the events in the story takes place at a few locations. The last half is action-packed and filled with reveals and twists.
“I was as unburdened as a piece of dandelion fluff, and he was the wind that stirred me about the world.”
The thing I did not like was the lackluster romance between Feyre and Tamlin. They had no chemistry; I felt she had more connection with Lucien. The romance between them just felt rushed and unconvincing. Tamlin just appeared so dull to me and his actions contradicted his character.
Feyre is a badass huntress but for the most part, she’s stubborn and acts stupidly. She loves painting and she’s good at fighting but her character did not stand out much. As for Rhysand, I really enjoyed his short appearances throughout the novel and his interactions with Feyre. He was an intriguing character.
Though I had some problems with the last half of the book, I had fun reading it. It’s a good foundation for the next book even if it lacks in many areas. The ending hiked my anticipation. I know it gets better in the next book if you have the patience to go through the first one.