Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

Updated: May 6, 2021

By Chloe Olivia Sladden

The beginning of another sensational series from the author of the Throne of Glass series, Sarah J Maas, but with Maas’s unique touches of fantastical romances and battles. This is where enchanting formidable kingdoms are exchanged for mysterious faerie courts, and a mortal called Feyre.

In a mortal land, where villagers live in fear of the faerie courts, beyond the border wall; Feyre lives a lonely struggling existence, which has forced her to remain illiterate, to end her learning and to find rare comfort in a friends-with-benefits arrangement with a local boy in the village. She is forced to hunt and kill in the woods to provide a life for her heartbroken ex merchant father and her sisters, the cruel Nesta and innocent Elaine who spend most of Feyre earnings from her hunts.

One day, Feyre’s inner huntress goes to the woods and takes down a faerie wolf with her heart full of hate for the faeries. The kill is discovered by the High Lord of the Spring Court if Faerie, Rankin who offers her a bargain to save herself and her family. If she doesn’t want to die for her crimes, then she must come to his faerie court and live out the rest of her life. In return, he will restore Feyre’s family back to their wealthy status and set them up for life.

Feyre arrives at the court, to find it’s more enchanting and mystical than what she believed. Tamlin offers her salvation, a chance to reignite her artistic passion to paint again and a chance to live a burden free life without having to provide for others.

When her presence at Tamlin’s faerie court is closely guarded with the help of Tamlin friend Lucien, originally from the autumn court; she learns of the danger looming over them. If Feyre can break an ancient curse as her hate for Tamlin turns to passion, and learn to think like a faerie or risk losing those she loves, it seems there may be hope for them yet.

Sarah J Maas’s new novel is perfect to bridge the void left by her previous bestsellers, Throne of Glass. The deeply thrilling, romantic and dark humour makes for a truly compelling read.

The politics of the faerie courts, the competition between mortals and faeries, and the sensational but delicate romance between Feyre and Tamlin, not to mention Feyre’s own inner struggles of an aspiring future, full of light against the cruel burdens of reality, make for a page-turning read, that shocks and tugs at your heartstrings at all the right moments.

You may want to sit down for this book, you’re about to go on your biggest reading adventure, yet!

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