A Court of Thorns and Roses (2015)
Author – Sarah J. Maas
Genre – Fantasy
Page Count – 419 pages
Rating – 5/5
I read the first three books of the Throne of Glass series earlier this year. While I liked the assassin plot and Aelin’s stealth and skills, it didn’t really hold me.
A Court of Thorns and Roses has been experiencing a renaissance in the book blogging world and it only made sense to see what all the hype is about.
Feyre is a human who lives near the wall which divides the human realm from those of the faeries. She has grown up to be a huntress as to be able to feed her destitute family and one of her trips leads her to kill a faerie, disguised a wolf.
The world building in the book is gradual as the author slowly reveals parts of the faerie realm to Feyre. Taken by the High Fae (sort of the ruler) of the Spring Court for unprovoked death of his friend, Feyre begins to learn more about the faeries and sheds her prejudices.
The book is truly engrossing. It is witty and sarcastic with enough sentiments sprinkled throughout. As a result, it becomes impossible to not get invested into the characters.
The antagonist of the story is created to be a deplorable character and provides a sharp contrast against Tamlin, the High Fae and Feyre. But the highlight of the book are the last 70 pages. Those are the true soul of the story.
A FEW PROBLEMS WITH THE BOOK
However, the storyline could be considered problematic. For instance, the story picks up from Beauty and the Beast and other tales. Above all, there is an element of Stockholm Syndrome which might not be agreeable to all.
In conclusion, its a fun and exciting read and a perfect fit for those looking for high fantasy series for adults.