Book Review, Throne of Glass/ACOTAR

A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

After reading the Throne of Glass series, I didn’t think that I could love SJM’s next series as much. How could it compare? It doesn’t, but not in a bad way. While it’s also a book about the Fae, a Court of Thorns and Roses is set in an entirely different world with its own set of unique characters. It is also vaguely a retelling, or reimagining, of the Beauty and the Beast fairytale, which I loved. The human and Fae worlds are separated by an invisible wall and a Treaty that was crafted after a brutal war which took place 500 years earlier.

We are first introduced to Feyre, a girl who tries to take care of her family as best she can despite being the youngest. It is on one of her trip into the forest to feed her family when she stumbles across the path of a wolf whilst hunting a deer. After shooting and killing both animals, she skins the wolf and carries the deer home for food. Unfortunately for her, the wolf was actually a Fae male and her actions force her to make a choice. Either be killed or live forevermore in the Fae realm.

It is not much of a choice and Feyre chooses to go with Tamlin to his estate in Prythian, the land of the Fae. Tamlin, she later discovers is not only a High Fae, but the Lord of the Spring Court and much more powerful than she realized. He is joined by Lucien, another High Fae who is originally from the Autumn Court and not much else besides a few workers. The large estate seems empty and a little bit sad.

As one can expect from a Beauty and the Beast retelling, the girl must fall in love with the shapeshifting Fae beast to break a curse. the curse is not known to the reader or Feyre until the end of the book. She must fight to prove her love under the most harrowing of situations and trials.

A must read, especially if you wish to find out what happens. Highly recommended for teen/young adult readers who like fantasy, supernatural creatures and magic. The world building is amazing, the magic is awe inspiring and the lands are populated by a variety of characters from the heroes to the villains, the cowards, the friends and the just plain misunderstood.

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7 thoughts on “A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J Maas”

  1. Great review! πŸ˜„ I haven’t read SJM’s Throne of Glass series but THIS. Oh gosh, this series may be the death of me. But I think after reading ACOMAF, I can’t possibly see this book as anything beyond ‘just good’ because the sequel is SO AMAZEBALLS it broke my heart. (Okay, I’m done fangirling sorry about that πŸ˜…)
    My only issue with this series is that it /may/ be better off in the New Adult category since the books have that kind of feel with the writing and how the story goes.


    1. Thanks so much! Honestly, all of SJM’s books are amazing – I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Throne of Glass as soon as you read it. But the second book was definitely even better (in my opinion than the first). Can’t believe we have to wait months for the next one!

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      1. Exactly! I usually don’t read a series until it’s finished (for the sake of my fragile book-loving heart) but I made a mistake of not researching this series further and assuming it’s a duology.
        Then realized it wasn’t. I felt like my heart combusted at the agony. πŸ˜‚


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