(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on May 5th 2015
Genres: Dating & Sex, Death & Dying, Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology, Family, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Oh my heavens, why did I wait so long to read this book? I read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas first, and while I enjoyed it, I still haven’t finished the series. However, after finishing A Court of Thorns and Roses, I wish I had less responsibilities so I could do nothing but read A Court of Mist and Fury!
Feyre promised her mother on her deathbed that she would take care of her two older sisters and her father. To be the youngest in the family, she had the most on her plate. When she killed the wolf in the wood, she never expected a fae to come demanding a price. When she first got to Prythian, there were a few sentences at the beginning of the book where I didn’t like Feyre. But I loved her character by the time I reached the end. She wasn’t presented as a wicked smart heroine that could out read, smart, or trick anyone that she came into contact with. She was just Feyre, the human, and it ended up being one of her strongest assets. The beginning has a slower start, and some of the undesirable scenes and idiotic choices she made made her better in the end. It established her role in the story and why she was the one that had killed the wolf.
The fae that come to collect was Tamlin. He had major swoon factor, and I liked his character. I’ve heard so much about this series already that I was a little confused as to why he wasn’t mentioned as much because of the guy—or fae—that he was (I’ve read some review and know a little bit of the why). Their love story was strong, and Feyre showed her resilience when their love was put to the test. The new world that Feyre called home had a magical ethereal quality, and Tamlin added a romantic aspect that had me wondering why others had ventured into the faerie realm.
The second half of the book explained just why humans didn’t want or need to enter Prythian. The slowness of the first half of the book was made obsolete once everything clicked into place. Plus, Rhysand made his full appearance. To be honest, I didn’t like him all that much when I first met him. I had the same feelings toward him that Feyre did; but as her opinion toward him skewed more toward understanding and sympathy, mine did, too. I cannot wait to see where their relationship goes in the next book.
This is my favorite series by Sarah J. Maas so far. I enjoyed reading a fantasy written in first person, as I felt it easier to connect with Feyre and understand her. It is an upper young adult novel, some have even placed it in the new adult category, so it’s not for the faint at heart when it comes to the action, romance, and intricate treaties and betrayals.
If you love any and all things fae, this book should be at the top of your list of must-reads! Adventure into Pyrthian and discover all the magic and mayhem that awaits.