A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3, 2015
Genres Fantasy, Romance, New Adult, Young Adult
A Court of Thorns and Roses is based around the main character of Feyre; a 19 year old huntress who kills a wolf in the woods, not knows that the creature it Fae. A beast-like creature arrives at her home and demands retribution for the wolfs killing. As payment, Feyre is forced to live in a treacherous, magical land that she only knows about from legends. Feyre soon finds out that the beast that took her is not a beast at all but Fae. Tamlin, one of the lethal and immortal faeries that once ruled over the human world, is not what she expected at all. The longer she lives on his lands and in his home, her feelings for him begin to soften from the rage she first felt and then into a passion she has never before felt. But the longer she stays, the more she learns about as ancient and wicked curse that is hovering over the faerie lands until the threat becomes too big to ignore. As Feyre begins to question every myth, lie and warning to has heard about the faerie world, she must find a way to stop the curse or doom Tamlin and his world forever.
This is the first book I have read by Sarah J. Maas and I absolutely loved it. I have just recently gotten into the fantasy/YA fantasy genre, although I do not think I would categorize this book as YA, I would put it in the NA category and oddly, it is listed in both on Goodreads. From the first page, Maas uses her descriptive writing to build this beautiful and dangerous world, both in the moral and faerie worlds. I am always a bit tentative when reading books such as this, that have received so much hype, but this one was not a disappoint. I loved Feyre’s character and I felt that although there is romance in this book, she was also focused on herself, as well as the tasks around her. I found her to be strong and independent, even when romance did come into the picture. The descriptions of all the different lands and courts and different species of faeries was also amazing and I feel like I can see Tamlin’s entire estate sitting beautiful atop a spring hill. This book flows smoothly and there is a lot of action that keeps to the plot moving at a good pace. My only complaint is that there were a few phrases the author seemed to use over and over, such as every character seemed to me “clicking their tongue” quite frequently. However, this wasn’t a big enough distraction that it took away from the story and I noticed this only seemed to dominate the first half of the book.
Overall, I loved this book, I loved Maas’s writing, I loved the characters and I loved the worlds she built, both mortal and faerie. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy and plan on starting the sequel, A Court of Mist and Fury ASAP. I also look forward to reading her other series, Throne of Glass in the future. Happy reading!