A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Updated: Oct 6
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Feyre is the only reason her family is alive. Having lost all their wealth, she and her family live in a small cottage out in the woods. Her father is a broken man, longing for the days of wealth. Her sisters do nothing to help and squander whatever coin Feyre can make from the animals she hunts. But Feyre made a promise to her dying mother, she will take care of the family no matter what they do.
With a stomach caved in from hunger, Feyre must go deeper into the woods to find game. And the farther into the woods she goes, the closer she comes to the borders of the fey. Said to be horrid creatures who once enslaved and tortured humans, Feyre must be careful as she hunts. Some fey are rumored to shape shift, and any animal could be one of them. As she sets her sights on her prey, and loses her arrow, Feyre will forever change her life.
After Throne of Glass, I never thought I would read Sarah J. Maas again. Thanks to my book club convincing me, I decided to give her another try.
I had my doubts when starting A Court of Thorns and Roses. There was a large amount of blunt and repetitive foreshadowing. Feyre mentions that she risks hunting a fey creature way too many times. On top of this other people mention it as well. Foreshadowing can be a powerful tool when used sparingly. Unfortunately, I grew impatient with the constant reminders and just wanted the plot to progress.
I will admit Feyre was a great character to follow. She was strong and independent, willing to do whatever she had to in order to survive. I would have liked to see her internally struggle with some of her choices in fey a bit more, but for the sake of the story moving forward they were quickly made. She did have moments where even the fey called her out on her actions, which I appreciated because she did make bad decisions. But there can't be a story without conflict. I just wish there had been more build up.
Sarah J. Maas has a tendency to add long trends of filler in between highly addictive action parts. I don't understand this, other than to make more pages out of a book. If you cut out all the filler in this book, I could have given it a higher rating. But for the sake of making time pass in her novel, she adds days of Feyre doing much of nothing other than wandering around in her surroundings. Even when we are introduced to the Blight on the fey, instead of back to back action, we are faced with days of Feyre doing nothing.
I'm willing to give her a try with one more book. Given how Feyre's character developed by the end of this novel, I want to know more of what happens to her. We also have the chance of seeing what the other fey courts are like, and I very much want to see Maas' twist on them.
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