WARNING: WILL CONTAIN SMALL SPOILERS
“She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.” – Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses
September 13, 2016
There is much to be said about this book. I bought it back in June and never really was that eager to pick it up. On Instagram I had been seeing a lot of people talking about it, well more like raving about it and I finally decided to give it a go. When I learned that it was about Fae and faeries alike, I wasn’t so keen. Normally, when I read books about faeries, it is all fantasy mumbo jumbo or the Fae are all evil and untrustworthy…not in this book. Sure, the Fae are untrustworthy and even evil at times, but Sarah J. Maas was able to create these complex characters that not only embody different aspects of the Fae race, but humans as well.
The story opens in the POV of Feyre, pronounced fey-ruh, and she is a mortal huntress out looking
for dinner for her family. Instead, she finds a wolf, a wolf who is a faerie. Many events later, Feyre finds herself in the The Spring Court as her punishment for slaying a Fae. Under the watchful eye of Tamlin, the High Lord of Spring, Feyre must learn to live in the Fae realm of Prythian and endure what is to come. The amount of plot twists…woah.
Feyre learns overtime to trust the High Lord along with Lucien, the Emissary for Spring Court. and together they try to fight the waning threat. In the meantime, Feyre finds herself drawn to Tamlin and wonders if she will be able to resist the High Lord. Tamlin becomes rather protective of the mortal girl and one thing leads to another…well I’ll let you read that for yourself. When the threat becomes too great, Tamlin sends her away, only to have her return when the world of Prythian is in grave peril.
I enjoyed the plot very much and I even got major “Goblet of Fire” feels near the end of the book. We meet many more characters throughout the book, one in particular that has now become my favourite, Rhysand, the High Lord of Night. The character development in this book from beginning to end is outstanding. Not only does Feyre change, but so do Tamlin and Rhysand. I think that Maas has created a world that can not only thrive over many books, but could start taking on a life of its own. I have said this before about Harry Potter and I believe it. Just look at HP, more books, movies, amusement parks, and now a play…it just keeps growing.
I think that this series will flourish and stretch more than people are expecting. I think it’s up there with major fantasy books and you can definitely tell that people are enjoying it. One thing that I really liked was that Feyre isn’t one to just sit and listen to the man in her life and maybe that is feminism in me coming out, but I am so happy to see more and more badass women in the literary world. I also like seeing an author that isn’t afraid to explore the world of intimacy in her novels. It is not graphic or FIFTY SHADES, but it’s different from what I have read before and in some ways refreshing. I like that her characters are so comfortable with their sex lives, it makes them feel more real.
When it comes to the “big bad” in the story, I think they are amazing. Well, I hate them, but diction and imagery wise…perfection. Maas created a villain that not only do her readers hate, but someone that is recognizable, a tyrant. If any of that makes sense. Overall I really enjoyed book 1 and surprisingly, a lot of people dislike one and prefer book 2. I am loving the sequel, but the first book was perfect for introducing Prythian and Feyre and especially Rhys and Tamlin. I give this book a 5/5 which I have been doing a lot lately and I am not sure what that says about me as a reader, but I am loving all the books I have been reading lately.
I am almost finished with book 2, A Court of Mist and Fury, so expect that review soon. I hope you enjoy this book and if you do decide to read it, please leave a comment and let us fangirl together, but DO NOT SPOIL the rest of ACOMAF for me please!