Book Review: A Court of Thrones and Roses

I’m not one to gush about how great a book is and how you should drop everything you’re doing to go read a five hundred page novel in the span of two days. But, I can make an exception for this when it comes to A Court of Thrones and Roses written by Sarah J. Maas, author of The Throne of Glass series.

A Court of Thorns and Roses has elements from Beauty and the Beast, the myth of Persephone, and the legend of Tamlin that are all masterfully alluded to throughout the entire story to make it something new and exciting.

It is set within a world where mortals and faeries coexist, but the faeries have put up a wall to separate the races. We are immediately thrown into Feyre’s world. She is the 19–year–old human protagonist who is trying to find food for her family in the cold, harsh lands which are her home. As she hunts, she kills and skins a wolf.

But, the wolf was not an ordinary wolf, it was a Faerie, and she is punished by Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court, who forces her to leave her family to enter the Fae lands and live there forever with him. You can see the Beauty and the Beast element there and think to yourself that the book would be another trite retelling of the classic story, but it becomes so much more then the classic story and it was so good that I even forgot it was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast.

The characters were so well written and developed that I just have to talk about them. Feyre, an independent and brave human girl, will stop at nothing to help those she cares about. She is hardened by the mistreatment she gains from her family, but still hunts and provides for them since she is the only one that can. Tamlin, Faerie and High Lord of The Spring Court, is one of the most interesting characters in this novel.  He’s shy, confident, strong, ferocious, and deadly. Tamlin is one of my favorite characters because as I read, I saw his character show more depth with every turn of the page.  Then we have Lucien, Tamlin’s best friend and the most opinionated male character in the entire book. Lucien provides comic relief when things get too serious . He also has a tragic backstory that is momentarily touched upon in the book.

When I first began to read this book I thought the pacing was slow in the beginning. I wanted to stop reading, but I was still interested in what might happen so I continued to read on. The pace began to move faster prompting me to get excited as I read every word. There were intense, passionate scenes and  I could not put the book down! I read the it in two days and I when it was over, I was left to think about what to do next. The characters were well-developed and the plot was filled with twists that I had no idea were coming.

Though the pace was slow in the beginning, I definitely loved  every moment of this book. It felt real and the writing was vivid and complex. I am definitely going to read the second book of this trilogy and read even more that Maas has to offer.