A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Released on May 5, 2015
Purchased from The Book Depository
My fingers shook as I rubbed my eyes. I’d known the High Fae had once built themselves palaces and temples around the world- buildings that my mortal ancestors had destroyed after the War out of spite- but I’d never considered how they might live today, the elegance and wealth they might possess. Never contemplated that the faeries, these feral monsters, might own estates grander than any mortal dwelling.
The beast plopped into the chair, the wood groaning, and, in a flash of white light, turned into a golden haired man.
I stifled a cry and pushed myself against the paneled wall beside the door, feeling for the molding of the threshold, trying to gauge the distance between me and escape. This beast was not a man, not a lesser faerie. He was one of the High Fae, one of their ruling nobility: beautiful, lethal, and merciless. (Maas, 50)
While Feyre is out in the forest, hunting to keep her family alive, she takes down a massive wolf. Little does she know that the wolf is actually a Faerie in his beast form. The day after she kills him, another beast bursts into her home and demands that she pay for the murder that she has committed. He offers her two choices: either she goes to live in the Faerie realm with him, abandoning everything and everyone she knows in the Mortal Realm, or she dies. Faced with no other choice, she follows him into his realm, a place filled with dark and magical creatures that Feyre has only ever seen in her nightmares.
This book is a beautiful Beauty and the Beast retelling, and it has officially topped my list for best books of 2015. This is one of those books that will keep you reading until the early hours of the morning because you simply must find out what happens next. Everything about A Court of Thorns and Roses is fantastic. The characters, the setting, the romance, the action- all of it is just comes together to create an amazing, intense, sensual and very dark story.
Feyre is strong willed and passionate. She hates and loves with all her heart. She never takes no for an answer; even when the odds seem stacked against her, she is willing to risk everything to save the people she cares about. Despite living in a cruel and cold world, she finds the beauty in even the smallest things. She is everything that I love in a protagonist.
As for the other characters, each of them is interesting and so much fun to read about. Maas is so skilled at world building and creating complex plots. For this reason, she is also skilled at blurring the lines between good and evil. You may hate a character in the first half of the book, only to discover that they are completely different from what you originally thought.
I rated this book five-stars, but in reality, I don’t think a five-star rating does it justice. I love this book so much, and I will recommend it to everyone I know who is looking for a powerful fantasy novel. Sarah J. Maas has hit the nail on the head yet again.