A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
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.
ACOTAR has a surprisingly slow start. I judge this by how quickly I sink into a story when I start reading. It took me a few tries to get into Feyre’s world. When I did, she was in trouble and discovering Tamlin’s world. I loved Lucian more, got to know more about him than Tamlin, which had me worried. Tamlin and Feyre are end game in ACOTAR. I found that I’m not quite in love with this pairing. Lucian and Rhysand really stand out for me. I feel their characters are so well developed, it was hard not to enjoy reading their moments and experiences. I hope the next book will have a stronger story for Tamlin.
ACOTAR is so popular, I wanted to jump into this world and discover what it’s about. So, I did. I rate it a 3.5 because this book had a very slow start. I suppose it can all be summed up as the surviving day-to-day, then pulled into a new world where it is all roses and thorns, then a fight for what matters. I enjoyed the fight part. Feyre’s determination here shines and she is admirable.
Maybe because I know this is a series, the entertainment Rhys serves up so late in the book doesn’t annoy me so much as it would if this were not a series. I’m on to book two, and I hope Rhys features more.