A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas

4 Stars
You may have heard that A Court of Thorns and Roses is a retelling of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast. Well, that’s true, but in typical Sarah J. Maas style this retelling has been twisted, tangled and turbo-charged to take on a life of it’s own in this epic tale of love and courage.
Bloomsbury, 2015

Bloomsbury, 2015

Nineteen year-old Feyre lives a mere shadow existence in her small village with her poverty-stricken family, who rely on Feyre’s skills with a bow to put food on the table. But when Feyre kills a wolf while hunting one day, her life changes forever.

It turns out the wolf was in fact a Faerie from the lands of Prythian – the immortal lords who used to rule over human kind until a treaty was signed five centuries earlier. When a wild beast tracks Feyre down and demands retribution for the wolf’s death, she accepts his ultimatum to give her life to Prythian by returning with him.

What follows is a story full of magic, curses, adventure, love, adversity, courage and unexpected twists and turns. And while the story does start off a little slow, with Ms. Maas taking her time to carefully craft this new and fascinating world, readers are more than rewarded for their patience with an action-packed, un-put-downable second half.

The characters are interesting and well developed, and while Feyre can be frustrating at times, she certainly won me over by the end. As with her best-selling Throne of Glass series, Ms. Maas has provided her female readers with plenty of ‘mind candy’, with all the men in Feyre’s life proving attractive and intriguing in their various ways.

And on the Throne of Glass series – A Court of Thorns and Roses could not be more different, to the point where, had I not already known they were by the same author, I wouldn’t have guessed it. This is something I found quite refreshing, as it’s so common to see carbon-copy characters pop up in different series written by the same author – that’s definitely not the case here.

I’d also like to applaud Ms. Maas for taking the fantasy genre into the New Adult age group. NA fantasy books are so few and far between, yet I’m not sure why – there are so many readers out there who love the fast moving plots of Young Adult books but would love to see a slightly more mature level of romance.

An enjoyable read that fans of high fantasy and fairytale retellings will love.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing an ARC of this book.
Reviewed by Ash Bye. Review originally published on goodreads.com April 26, 2015
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