Oh, look at that, another pretty cover. (I am so predictable.)
I wasn’t in love with Throne of Glass, so I was a bit skeptical when I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. I didn’t really know what to expect. I liked the premise of it enough, but I just wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not. Sarah J. Maas is an amazing author with such a rich imagination, but I just have trouble really getting into her characters.
A Court of Thorns and Roses follows Feyre, the youngest of three sisters from an impoverished family. They weren’t always poor so the it is rough for the family to live well below what they are used to. Feyre is a huntress who made a promise to her dying mother to take care of her family. Despite the trials her family puts her through, she follows through on that promise and – in her own way – loves her family.
One cold winter, Feyre is hunting a doe when a wolf enters her path. It’s no ordinary wolf, but a transformed fairy – fae – out hunting. In Feyre’s world, most humans live in either fear or hatred of the fairies and High Fae that live just beyond an invisible wall so close to Feyre’s village. She herself harbors a deep seated hatred for fae and promptly kills the wolf and later sells its skin. Shortly thereafter, the wolf’s companion – a High Fae and one of the seven High Lords of Prythian – comes for Feyre, citing a Treaty that states that any human who kills a fae must either pay with their own life or live in Prythian with the fae forever. Feyre ultimately ends up leaving with the High Lord to protect her family and keep her promise.
Over the course of months, Feyre turns from hating the fae to loving them. Upon realizing she does love them, she learns of a much greater evil in Prythian, one that threatens to take everything she has come to care for. Or maybe Feyre is the only person who can stop it.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is Maas’ retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast story. I found it a lot more engaging than Throne of Glass, but it did have a bit of a slow start. As such, I felt the conflict at the end a little truncated. There are also some events that occur that I don’t agree with. There’s a point towards the end where, in order to keep her from harm, Feyre is constantly told (forced?) to drink fairy wine, which to a human is essentially like being ruffied. She doesn’t remember much of what happens to her, but it keeps happening. It’s supposedly done to help keep her from harm, but I disagree with the method. That being said, it’s still a good story and I am looking forward to reading the sequels, one of which is already released.
My rating: 4/5