Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

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Concerning the release of A Court of Frost and Starlight I felt called to translate the ACOTAR reviews into english to complete the series. Though I haven’t yet started reading the latest novel I love to talk to you about my reading time of A Court of Thorns and Roses. I read the beginning of this marvelous book series a year ago and I enjoy myself a lot through experiencing the story again by typing down this review.

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Facts

Title: A Court of Thornes and Roses | Author: Sarah J. Maas | Number of pages: 416 | Genre: Fantasy | Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens | Price: 16,17 € | ISBN: 9781619634442 |

About?

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. [Goodreads]

Reading Time

In her usual manner Sarah J. Maas tells her story in a quiet and slowly way. By doing this we get to know the protagonist Feyre. I loved to live through Feyres thoughts with every step, to get to know her life bit by bit and to unterstand completely why she acted the way she did in every single situation. Maas has a skill in presenting her protagonists and let us feel like we know them all along. Like we know them as though they were friends, ever been known and never forgotten. I didn’t know what to expect before reading the entire story. Though I knew it certainly was a lovestory in a fantasy world, the course the author was taking us hit me with admiration.

“Don’t feel bad for one moment about doing what brings you joy.”
A Court of Thorns and Roses | Sarah J. Maas

Feyre is strong, she has to be. By growing up in a family where her father has lost the strength to hold on and with two sisters who aren’t capable of surviving the brutal world they live in, Feyre learns in a hard way how to care for all of them. By making one massive mistake she is forced to enter the most dangerous territory of her world: Prythian, the place Fae and more lethal creatures call home. I loved the way Feyre was introduced to us, both being brave, strong and at the same time anxious and inexperienced. Still she faces the things she scares the most to protect her family. She acts smart and warily. By using this behavior Sarah J. Maas misleads the reader every now and then, letting us figure out this world and all the secrets through the eyes of Feyre and making the same mistakes she has to understand what is really going on.

„Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
A Court of Thorns and Roses | Sarah J. Maas

Lucien was by far my most favorite character. His snappy comments and sarcasm made me enjoy this novel so much although the main topic is a serious one. The world building impressed me. The idea behind the courts and High Lords was fascinating. I have to admit that I was uncertain of what to think about this novel; after reading through half of the book I thought it was a lovely lovestory in a astonishing new high fantasy world with interesting new creatures. Everything happened in such a simple way that I felt almost disappointed. And.Then.It.Happened. The twist in the novel hit me so hard that I had to take a break. It was unbelievably impressive how she played with our thoughts and didn’t let us know for a moment what was about to happen. I didn’t expect this turn of events for a moment! This course and the following chapters and scenes are the reason why this book deserves my highest praise and my absolute adoration. The end almost killed me!

Result

A Court of Thorns and Roses has become one of my most favourite books. The character development and the course of the story made a lasting impression on me. I love how Sarah J. Maas plays with the reader and lets the stories gradually take their course in a very intensive and detailed way. This gives the protagonists a depth that makes them appear real.

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