Sunday, 14 June 2015

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1
Publication: May 5th 2015 by Bloomsbury
Goodreads summary:
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

My thoughts:

This was one of my most anticipated reads this year and it most certainly did not disappoint! 

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a solid start to what I'm pretty sure is going to be an excellent fantasy series. Sarah J. Maas is yet to disappoint me. A Court of Thorns and Roses is a beautifully written retelling of Beauty and the Beast with an original spin. It has a plot full of twists and turns and amazing characters.

Our two protagonists, Feyre and Tamlin, are wonderfully developed for this being the first book in the series. Through Feyre's narration we gradually learn more about Tamlin and the other Fae. I don't ship them too much yet but I can see why some people do. Maas develops their relationship at a steady pace.

The side character of Lucien brings humour to the story with his witty comments. And the banter that passes between him and Feyre.

Later in the novel we are introduced to Rhysand, a dark and mysterious character that I'm extremely interested in. Spoiler ahead(I think he may be a contender to win Feyre's heart. A love triangle may develop in book 2, which I'm intrigued to see unfold. At the moment I'm not team Tamlin or team Rhysand).

While the first half of the book is slower its worth the wait. The second half is action packed and fast paced.

My rating: 4.5 stars
If you like retellings, magic and romance combined a courageous heroine this book is for you.

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