A riveting, spellbinding tale vitalized by Sarah J. Maas’ lyrical storytelling, rich and imaginative world-building and unparalled style.
Fierce, seductive, romantic, emotional, epic—this story truly shines.
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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.
Author Sarah J. Maas delivers what may be her best work to date in the fairytale-inspired A Court of Thorns and Roses. Enchanting, spellbinding and imaginative, this glimmering story encapsulates everything I love about reading. The world-building is stellar, as only Maas can imagine it, rich and lush and so very vivid. The characters are wholly intriguing and multifaceted, both relatable and alluring for their otherworldliness. Nineteen-year-old Feyre is an epic heroine, a huntress full of heart and verve, courage and determination. Her life is tethered by responsibility, by a vow she resolved to keep. The lives of her ailing father and two sisters depend on the accuracy of her arrow’s aim, in the deep of the forest. A forest which is alarmingly close to the wall, the immortal border between the desolate, dark and hungry village where she resides and the faerie land of Prythian, which is enlivened by magic and glamour. Yet Prythian, as otherworldly and dazzling as was bruited, is also a terrifying place ruled by brutal, feral power unknown to humans like Feyre.
Our story starts here… with Feyre hunting in the woods, hoping for a kill to feed her hungry family. And this time, she indeed finds a doe, but must kill a wolf to take the food back home. Before too long, a beast crashes into her home, demanding retribution for killing his friend. Feyre is taken across that much-feared immortal border, to the land of Prythian, to live forevermore with this beast-like creature.
She soon discovers he is Tamlin—a powerful faerie with dominion over the Spring Court, where his estate is found… the place she would live for the rest of her days. Feyre despises Tamlin, for dragging her into this world, for making her leave her family to starve, for holding her captive with the promise of horrible things at the fringes of his estate. Frightening faeries lurked, ready to tear her into ribbons, and only he could protect her… as long as she stayed on his grounds.
“I was definitely walking a dangerous line, but I didn’t care. Even if he’d offered me sanctuary, I didn’t have to fall to his feet.”
Their relationship is fiercely antagonistic at first, despite Tamlin’s attempts to be kind. Tamlin is an enigma to Feyre. He’s powerful, mysterious and brooding, affected by a curse she knows not much about. The more time they spend together, however, the more she grows to like him, understand him… want him. Desire burns between them as these two unlikely people begin to fall for each other.
“You aren’t what I expected—for a human.”
Tamlin is fascinated by Feyre. During her time with him, she is transformed from a hardened girl burdened by responsibility, gaunt and marked by hunger to someone who is thriving and joyful, despite keeping her magnetic ferocity. She’s now someone who is cared for—by Tamlin, by her other unlikely friend Lucien, by others in the household. Feyre once despised and feared these magical creatures, but she grew to care for them and trust them, trust Tamlin, even though she grew up believing the contrary—no one should ever trust the Fae. Yet she did, and she was happy for the first time in her life.
“My father once told me that I should let my sisters imagine a better life—a better word. And I told him that there was no such thing…. I never understood—because I couldn’t… couldn’t believe that it was even possible… Until now.”
But a darkness creeps over the faerie lands, a blight that has compromised the magic of its most powerful rulers, and has killed others mercilessly. And with this shadow, comes lies, deception, curses and a wickedly evil villain intent to shatter Tamlin’s world, and her own mortal realm.
The story takes some exciting and chilling turns as Feyre encounters the dark magic of the Faerlie lands. And just as she finds solace and happiness in the arms of Tamlin, everything is ripped apart as their worlds hang precariously in the balance.
Sarah J. Maas’ one-of-a-kind storytelling and perfect pacing made this novel entirely unputdownable. I devoured every detail as I irrevocably fell in love with Feyre and Tamlin and this world rife with dark magic and beautiful magic, evil and good, love and hope. This will be hard to beat as my favorite book of 2015 and the end was as fabulous as it was bittersweet. I wasn’t ready to let go of these characters, and thankfully the story continues, although the flip of the final page gives us a hard-earned, happy-for-now ending.
This is truly a book that should not be missed by fantasy and romance readers alike.
“I love you… thorns and all.”
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