Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price.
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
What can I say, considering I'm not a major fan of Sarah J. Maas' Throne of Glass series (okay I've only read two books of the series so far), I thorouhly enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, first book in a whole new series.
There can be many reasons as to why this is the case. It could be I was just in the mood for a story like this one. A re-telling of a fairy-tale, Beauty and the Beast.
Another reason could be that unlike the Throne of Glass series that is young adult, this one is new adult. Which means the author is a bit mre free in the content and doesn't skim past the sex scenes.
I loved every character in this book, every one of them, including the 'bad guy' was well writen. You got to understand where they all came from and the reasons why they did the things they did.
My favourite character would have to be Lucien. There is just something about a character who is so care-free, that you can't help but feel intrigued by.
The only down fall I have with ALL the characters is their names. Like seriously, Sarah J. Maas couldn't come up with simple easy to say names? I was getting to a point that I either skimmed over their name, not bothering to try and pronounce it. Or just simply changing it to something normal.
For example, our female protaginist is Feyre....like seriously. I know at the back is a glossary on how to pronounce all the characters names, but I was still struggling with it.
I know this is a common this for Sarah. J Maas as I've read Throne of Glass, and there are odd names in their too.
The world this is set in is a mixture of magical and scary. Humans living isolated from the murderous fairies. Only seperating them is a five hundred year old peace treaty between the two.
Even though there was a map (I usually find them helpful when an author is trying to explain the world they are creating), I found it easy to understand and immerse myself in this ancient world. Sarah J. Maas slowly and at a great pace introduced you to new creatures and the world around Feyre.
So now the wait begins for book two in the series, which is released in May. And from what I've heard, which I hope isn't true, that the next book in the series is going to give us a love triangle. In my opinion I don't think this needs it. You will see why once you've read it.
Actually I think Sarah J. Maas could of finished with this book as it ended without a real cliffhanger. But then again I'm really enjoying this world, so it will be a shame to leave.