Book Review #22 A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES by Sarah J. Maas

“She stole a life, now she must pay with her heart.”

Poor and starving Feyre has no choice but to hunt to survive. She lives in a world where mortals live in an area separated by a wall from the Faerie Realms. Legend tells of a great war between them that left them separated but fearful of the Fae.

Whilst on her hunting trip Feyre has to decide to kill a wolf that is possibly a faerie or lose her food source that they are both hunting. She chooses to kill the wolf. It comes at a high price.
Her life now belongs to Tamlin a fierce masked warrior but rather than kill her he takes her back to the Faerie Realm, Spring Court where she has to live out her life.

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Feyre is a strong independent young woman but being imprisoned in her enemy’s Kingdom she battles the fear, from stories told during childhood, to find a way to escape.

As time passes, her feelings for Tamlin change. The Faerie Realm is plagued by a blight that saps their magic and allows evil far to wonder the courts freely.

Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heat forever.

I loved the fact that a normal human girl could have such an important role in a magical realm. We follow Feyre as her prejudices are challenged and her heart softened. But much more than that… I can’t say much more about the plot without giving spoilers.

The writing is beautiful. The opening line “The forest had become a labyrinth of snow and ice,” is the start of fantastic description and imagery that continued throughout the whole book. It allows the reader to picture the events easily without overloading them with information.

I cared about the characters, there were some that surprised me, some that I will be interested to see what happens in the next book, some that I really disliked and some that I have to follow their journey and see how it all works out.

A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES is the first in a trilogy (the sequel is out May 2016), but is a completed story in itself which is always nice. I recommend this book to you and would love to hear what you thought of it.

It gets a four star rating **** only because I wasn’t quite as terrified of the villain as I could have been. What about you?

Thanks for reading.

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