The first installment to Sarah J. Maas’ ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses’ trilogy is inspired by the story of Beauty and the Beast.
After the Archeron family lost their fortunes, the family of four, solely relied on the youngest, Feyre’s ability to hunt and kill deep in the forests that border the wall separating the humans from the beastly faeries.
It is when Feyre decides to kill an abnormal-looking wolf that Feyre is thrust upon the faes that so detest the humans.
“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.”
What she doesn’t know is – all of this was planned. And while Feyre learns why, things become far more complicated.
Faes, masks, and a curse.
Would Feyre be able to break the curse many have tried and failed to undo? Would you sell your soul for the one you love?
Followed by: A Court of Mist and Fury (#2 ACOTAR series)
- Feyre Archeron, main protagonist, 19-year-old huntress
- Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court
- Lucien, BFF of Tamlin and ‘Black Sheep’ of the Autumn Court
- Rhysand, enemy of Tamlin and High Lord of the Night Court
- Nesta Archeron, elder sister of Feyre
- Elain Archeron, middle sister of Feyre
- Amarantha, EVIL LADY TRYING TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD ETC
- Alis, Spring Court maid – that attends to Feyre’s needs
So let us start with the Courts in the Fae lands – there are 7 Courts: 4 Seasonal Courts (Winter, Summer, Autumn, and Spring) and 3 Solar Courts (Night, Day and Dawn). And it is shown in the scale of UK; Solar Courts taking North and Seasonal Courts taking South.
We love MAPS! Especially fictional ones – you just know that this book (this series!) would be filled with magical beings and stuff!!
So now that we got that out of the way – Feyre Archeron at first seems to be cold and withdrawn but we find later she is compassionate and really hides this after the loss of her family’s fortunes, as she was bound to a promise by her mother that forced Feyre to be detached. Trying to carry out her promise (to look after her sisters and father, a former merchant), Feyre hunts to feed her family despite being the youngest of the family and untrained in the arts of hunting.
Due to her killing a wolf (that was a Fae), Feyre must face her punishment – entering the fae land into the Spring Court, where she is highly guarded. She then sees that things seem more abnormal than things should be – everyone in the court seems to be fixated to a mask. We also learn how much of a badass she can be – she catches a SURIEL (AKA a freaky-looking fortune teller thing – that is hard to capture).
Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court is a mysterious one! Blonde hair, green-eyed and overall a normal guy other than the fact he can shapeshift into a beast! We don’t learn much about him until everything (the curse) is revealed to Feyre – Where the Fae Lands are being ruled by a blood-thirsty fae, Amarantha who took part in the many destructions of the courts and its people.
We have to say in this book – Lucien is by far our FAVE character!! Other than the fact he has ginger hair – he is just soo likable! He also has one eye that is filled in with GOLD!
From a humble beginning to a fierce ending (which is really some kinda plot twist 😉) – we could just tell that Sarah J. Maas (from reading her other works) was preparing us for what was to come in the second book – which we knew (just knew) would either destroy us…or destroy us!!
Overall, Mrs Maas has proven that she can successfully portray one of our childhood classics in a twisted way. We gave this book a 3-star rating as it wasn’t the best work written by Sarah J. Maas (in our opinion) – we have concluded that Sarah’s first books in a series tend to just be a taster of what she is truly capable of! Maas’ first books installments (she has only done 2 so far, including this one) are usually, for us, an introduction to a new world Sarah has created – so basically a lot of world building. However, this introduces us to a morphed fairy-tale classic that provides us (the readers) a fantasy feast that slowly would come to consume our minds (especially after book #2, A Court of Mist and Fury).
Look out for our future reviews on her books 😉😍🤓
Have you guys read this book yet? Or are you rereading again to prep yourself for A Court of Wings and Ruin #3? What do you think of Tamlin? 😉😎
Ciao from The Twins 😉