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

Updated: Jan 23, 2021

A Court of Thorns and Roses

by Sarah J. Maas

Published by Bloomsbury

Book 1 in A Court of Thorns and Roses Series

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.


Steamy High-Fantasy Exciting

Violence New-Adult


A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas is the first book in her Court of Thorns and Roses series, and centers around Feyre, a nineteen year old young woman, who's impoverished family relies on her self-taught skills as a hunter to feed them in the cold, barren winter months. Animals being scarce, when she see's a deer, nothing will stand in her way of getting it. Not even a giant wolf. However, not everything is as it seems. Feyre didn't just kill a wolf. She killed a fairy, and due to the treaty between the human and fae, she has an option: go with Tamlin who holds the debt, and live with them for the rest of her life, or death. As time passes in the magic kingdom she is brought to, she goes from trying to find a way to escape, to befriending the fae, and eventually developing deeper feelings for Tamlin. But there is something going on in the fae lands ... something that is affecting those around her. If she doesn't figure out her feelings, and take stock of what is going on around her, she may lose Tamlin forever.

Well damn it. All I needed was another series to fall in love with. And look what happened. I went ahead and fell in love with it. A Court of Thorns and Roses was a clever and thrilling story, that ends in a way where the story could go anywhere. High fantasy can either be really good, or really bad, and Sarah Maas does good here. The characters are rich and varied, and the plot flows beautiful from beginning to end. My only wish is that we got more Tamlin and Feyre moments. The ones they have are mostly wonderful, but I was left wanting more. Just a little bit more to establish the connection between the two.

OH ... Who else knew the answer to Amarantha's riddle right away? I did, I did! :)

I really enjoyed Feyre. She had a large range of emotions and thoughts, making her a very dimensional, intriguing read. Strong, brave, and intelligent, she is a great female lead. She is the first character I have ever come across that doesn't know how to read and write, and I liked that. There are many people who do not know how to read, and very rarely are they mentioned in books, especially in a lead character. I'm sure she will learn, especially after the events in this book, but it's a unique part of her character. Tamlin is an endearing character, that in a way, kinda reminds me of The Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Strong, intelligent, a leader, with a sweet and contemplative side. The last part of the book Under the Mountain was the hardest part for me. I wish Tamlin did more to help Feyre.

Some other characters I need to mention, Lucien and Rhysand. Lucien's b