I am a huge fan of Sarah J Maas’s Throne of Glass series (it’s one of my all time favourites definitely check it out if you haven’t already!) so I was really excited to see what she would bring from the first book in her next series. Spoiler alert: it was awesome.
A Court of Thorns and Roses was thrilling from beginning to end, and I had a hard time trying to put it down. Just like Maas’s Throne of Glass series was loosely based on Cinderella, A Court of Thorns and Roses was loosely based on Beauty and the Beast. I loved that this novel (and her other series) wasn’t a complete adaption, but rather her own creative narrative that just used some similar elements and symbolism from the original fairy tales.
Using faerie lore in this story really made it that much more intriguing, and worked with the magic/mythology from the original story and curse. It just seemed to fit and make so much sense. Maas is excellent at creating worlds, mythologies and backgrounds for the characters and settings of her novels, and this one was no exception. There is so much story left to be told after this novel, and so much that came before it that I hope we get to dive into.
Feyre reminds me in some ways to Celena/Aelin, but less extreme. She’s strong and willing to do whatever it takes to protect her family and those she loves which I really admire, but she isn’t perfect and makes mistakes along the way. Again, I can’t give too much away, but I’m curious to see where her character will go in the next novel (assuming there is one) and how much the events of this novel will affect her in the future.
A Court of Thorns and Roses was another great fantasy novel that I highly recommend everyone read. If you’re a fan of Maas, fantasy, and/or faerie lore then this is definitely your cup of tea. Here’s a synopsis of the book from the official website:
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 over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.
Happy reading! Let me know what you think of the book in the comments!