A Court of Thorns and Roses
Rating – 4.25 out of 5
In A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, Feyre, a human, finds herself in trouble with the faerie world. Forced to live in the court of one of the high lords of the faerie realm, she slowly unravels complex world around her. Things are not all that they seem and are more dangerous than she can imagine. A retelling of many classic fairy tales, this book is an epic story of ultimately about love.
“Alis barked out a laugh. “My master gave his word that you could live here- life not die… “But did you have to wreck those lovely curtains?”
I didn’t want to- tried not to, but a hint of a smile tugged on my lips. Alis strode over to the remnants of the curtains and threw them open, revealing a sky that was still a deep periwinkle, splashed with hues of pumpkin and magenta from the rising dawn. “I am sorry,” I said again.
Alis clicked her tongue. “At least you’re willing to put up a fight, girl. I’ll give you that.”
–A Court of Thorns and Roses, Pg. 68.
Why I liked A Court of Thorns and Roses
After I read Throne of Glass, also by Sarah J. Maas, I knew wanted to read more by her. A Court of Thorns and Roses did not disappoint. In fact, I think I liked it even better than the last book I had read. The book has a slow beginning and takes a while to get to the action that made it quite good. It takes some time to get to the climax but once it does, this story is imaginative and brutal.
There are some things to be warned of, though. First, this novel is very open about sex and desire. I think it enhances the story, but if that is a detractor for you, be aware. Second, the ending of the story, in the grand tradition of fairy tales, becomes not only graphic but at many moments disturbing. There are sections that are incredibly violent and horrific. Also, much of the story ends up being about how the whole faerie world is being held captive in one way or another. For a set of faeries that are already ruthless, this takes the violence to a whole new level.
Over all, I was impressed by how Maas wove in so many different fairy tale influences to create an original narrative. The ending was gripping and had me breathless to the end. There are so many beautiful descriptions that I feel as though I know what this world looks like. I thoroughly enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses and cannot wait to read another novel by Maas.
Book Club Question
Do you think Feyre made the right decision by accepting help from Rhysand?
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