When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it... or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!
Feyre has had a shoddy start in life. Her mother is dead, her father is impoverished and her two sisters wallow in their own selfish needs. Feyre won't give up though and has taught herself to hunt so that even in the depths of winter they can still eat. Things go badly wrong though when whilst stalking a deer, a large wolf appears and Feyre ends up ending its life. Unaware the wolf was a shape changed faerie from Prythian, Feyre sells its pelt but a very angry High Fae tracks her down. The beastly Fae demands restitution and it’s her life in exchange for the dead faerie. Prepared to die, Feyre is instead whisked to the Spring court where magic and monsters exist. Confused by everything, Feyre seeks answers only to discover a blight that effects the Fae in Prythian is set to cross into the mortal world.
Hmm, this is not an easy review. I felt the beginning was a little slow and wanted more interaction, more dialogue, and far less navel gazing. I do understand Ms Maas wanted her readers to be one hundred percent behind Feyre, but I just struggled. Let me say straight away her family was appalling and I didn’t buy into the author later on trying to redeem them, because hey, some people are just bad! I was about two thirds through the book and still had no idea how the plot would play out because as a reader, I learned exactly what Feyre did about her captor, Tamlin, and boy is that male cagey! Yet he never sought to hurt Feyre only look after her; and Stockholm syndrome alert, Feyre and Tamlin clearly became very much entangled in each other. Yet this is the Spring court and not paradise, so buckle up because when secrets get revealed it's one hell of a ride!
Wow, what a world Ms Maas has created with her words. Characters that leap off the page in glorious detail. No one is perfect (hooray) and yet as their motives are revealed, it gets even more entangled. I see the beauty and the beast aspect but the game has been raised with the addition of the nefarious Fae. I liked Feyre with her open heart and dry sense of humour but her courage blew me away. I would state here that Feyre isn't superwoman, she isn't unbeatable, but she is tenacious and cunning.
The last third of A Court of Thorns and Roses opens up the way for this trilogy to continue as we learn so much more about the rest of the courts. I will state there is some sex here but it doesn't dominate the story. My final thoughts are.....it does have romance, but it was the journey that sucked me in. I really cannot say more as I'd hate to ruin it for others.