‘Be glad for your human heart, Fayre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all’
-Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Thorns and Roses
Okay don’t judge me but I didn’t have high hopes for this book and after the first chapter I thought my pre-conceptions to be correct. Briefly the book as is about a human girl called Feyre who whilst trying to provide for her family hunts something that isn’t quite human. As a punishment for her crime she is swept away to the realm of the fae where once she enters she can never leave. But as the book progresses it seems her captor may have stolen not just her freedom but her heart.
The book is a lose retailing of beauty and the beast but only the characters physical characteristic and small part of the story shows this. When in fact the book is something truly unique with a very clever twist. The first couple of chapters of wasn’t sure how I liked pace of the book or where the story was ultimately leading to. But as I progressed and gained a better understanding I began to thoroughly enjoy Sarah J.Maas’ clever retelling of a classic story.
Although I am not new to the author after previously reading her throne of glass series ,which very rarely I gave 5/5 stars, her style of writing in this book seemed a lot slower to begin with but then very quickly developed towards the end of the book. But the slower set pace did allow us to learn more about Feyre’s past and understand the characters main drive in life. Survival. I believe I as a reader grew with the character but unlike Fayre I grew to love the two main secondary characters Lucian and Rhysand. Lucian’s struggle and past can be seen from the visible scars he wears but still can see humour in the darkest of times. Whereas we finish the story knowing very little of Rhysand pasts and court; I believe he is a character to not be misjudged and the author is definitely not finished with his story yet.
By the end of the book I was captivated by the wonders of the Fae world and the mystery it still keeps. So much so I have already begun the next book ‘A court of mist and Fury’ which already I believe will surpass my expectations and make me fall in love with the series even more.
I would highly recommend this book particularly to fantasy lovers who enjoys the games that the Fae play. With beautiful descriptions, alluring characters and a captivating tale I believe this book deserves 4/5 stars.