Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
First Published: 5th May 2015
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #1
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Available As: Hardcover, paperback, ebook
My Copy: Ebook
My Rating: 9/10
Honestly, I regret pushing this book so far back my TBR. Now, I see that this book is so good! The world building, the characters, the plot...
Feyre is a strong protagonist. She single-handedly took down a grown fae, although now we know why Andras did nothing to stop her. She's a human, weak and insignificant compared to Tamlin, Lucien and the others. I think that she's strong-willed, which is what Tamlin loves the most in her. There are some moments where she's ready to lie down and give up, but in the end, she perseveres. She also sacrificed a lot in order to be with Tamlin. When she was dying in her cell, she struck a deal with Rhysand to heal her. I don't think it was the best idea, but it was the only way she could stay alive.
Which brings me to Rhysand. I thought he was a horrible person at the beginning, but then we slowly see his true side. I think he isn't evil - just pretending to be in order to survive. Plus, what do you think he saw in Feyre at the end of the book which caused him to become scared? I'm sure it will be explored in the next book!
Amarantha is a typical antagonist. She reminds me of Levana from The Lunar Chronicles at times, though I think Amarantha was more evil. She wants control over all the fae, especially Tamlin. Her love for Tamlin is deeply obsessive, since she won't let him go. So, when Feyre shows up to win back Tamlin, it's Amarantha vs. Feyre. I think Amarantha plays dirty, taking advantage of Feyre being a 'lowly' human. Of course, Feyre ends up winning. And solving the riddle as well, the answer of which was highly cliché.
I think the relationship between Tamlin and Feyre was well built. We weren't suddenly dropped into their 'love-at-fist-sight'. It was a slow build and it was definitely worth it! Luckily, there was no love triangle, so I was quite pleased with that.
The trials were pretty tough! The first was fighting the giant worm. Feyre used her skills to trick the worm, although she would have nearly died with Lucien hadn't yelled out where the worm was coming from. With the second trial, she needed Rhysand's help, because she couldn't read the riddle. She only figured out the third trial on her own. So, Feyre needed a lot of help to pass the trials. However, she figured out the Amarantha's riddle on love on her own as well. So, I guess she isn't as hopeless as everyone else thought she was.
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