A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

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I realise I’m a little late to the ACTOR party, but I’ve finally done it, I’ve dived into the wonderful realm of Faeries. I’m planning to write a separate blog for each of the volumes, so this will be the first in a series of ACOTOR blogs.

The Story

Feyre, a young girl and huntress, is abducted and brought across a centuries-old border to live eternally in the fairy kingdom of Prythian after she murders a faerie in A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre is thrust into a world of political intrigue, magic, and hardship, and as she falls in love with her masked captor, she learns the secrets of this strange realm.

This is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, however it isn’t as reliant on the story as many retellings are. Despite the apparent references to Beauty and the Beast, Maas has created a unique world and plot. This added so much more depth to it for me than other retellings. Despite the fact that it is usually considered a YA novel, I find it difficult to call it one. There is strong language and topics in this book.

The Characters

Feyre was a captivating lead character, and unlike some young adult protagonists, she didn’t irritate me. She certainly loves and cares for her family, but it isn’t blind love. Her family has shortcomings, and she is well aware of them, yet she still loves them.
Tamlin, the love interest, was gruff and moody, which worked nicely with the ‘beast’ portion of the Beauty and the Beast version. I liked the interaction between him and Feyre, especially because Lucien was around to add to the hilarity. I was utterly enamoured with Tamlin, and I’m sure I’m not alone in this, because I never came across a single spoiler that would have indicated the events of the second book.

Rysand is an intriguing character; I’m sure there’s more to him, and I’m interested to watch how his character evolves during the series, although his actions were occasionally problematic.

Amarantha was a fantastic villain. Maas did an outstanding job of instilling fear in her character. There are a few small characteristics about her that make her frightening and sinister. I was sincerely concerned for the protagonists, which is a sign of a strong antagonist.

My Thoughts

I’m really looking forward to reading the sequel to this book. The novel’s final portion is filled with suspense and surprises. I was totally sucked in. The sluggish start paid off, and I became passionately invested in the characters’ fates. When it comes to series, I don’t always stay interested past the first instalment. I find that things are usually sufficiently wrapped up in the first book, or that the knot is left unnecessarily untied at the end of the first novel merely to have a sequel.

However, the way Sarah J. Maas set up the sequel in ACOTAR has piqued my interest. I’m excited to see where she takes the story next.


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