Book 1 in the Court of Thorns and Roses series
Okay so this is my third read of this book, it’s always extra feely re reading a first book in a series even when you know what’s to come in the subsequent books.
This series means a lot to me, it’ll always be one of my all time favourites, book 2 surpasses book 1 in all of the ways, but at the same time I love going back and re experiencing what happens in book 1.
This book by far has got to be my favourite Beauty and the Beast retelling, and it’s funny the more I think about it, the story had lots of parallels to beauty and the beast; Feyre is every bit as bold and brave as Belle, and one of the many reasons I adore Feyre is how she’s so fierce and sassy and can easily hold her own. When she is faced with Tbe Spring Court she does not back down in fear from Tamlin and Lucien and definitely matches their wit.
Lucien is a character that I’ve always liked, and I feel sorry for him as we get to learn his backstory; for those that have read this book and it’s successor, A Court of Mist and Fury, you’ll know that something and someone is revealed to be closely connected with Lucien and I cannot wait for that to develop further in the highly anticipated A Court of Wings and Ruin.
Tamlin. Aaah. Tamlin Tamlin Tamlin. I liked him in this book, but it’s hard re feeling those feelings after book 2. Without being spoilery I’ll leave that there.
Rhysand. Darling high Lord of the Night Court. He was always my favourite character and when I first read this I remember having so many questions and instantly wanting to know more about him. He’s so mysterious and wow. I adore him and there’s so much foreshadowing in the scenes where he meets with Feyre, not always in the best of circumstances, but ach the beautiful foreshadowing.
It’s funny, in the early stages of this book, I loathed Nesta. Hated her for how mean she was to Feyre. But then she proved redeeming, and her character fast grew on me. Elain, the middle sister, is just a dear. She’s so sweet and I adored her right away.
Alis, the maid. Another character I instantly love. She’s lovely and her back story was totally sad but just showed how caring and kind she is and how everything she does is for those two nephews of hers.
You nasty piece of work. She’s I swear, the worst. Literally. Her back story is as bad as she is and it terrified me to the core. What she did to those High Lords, to everyone?! To the whole of Prythian?! Ghastly. So cruel.
Let me finish by expressing my love for Queen Maas. Her writing is so exquisite. She projects us into her books, once again I felt like I was Feyre and I was feeling: chilled, terrified, in awe, love, and literally all the emotions. Her writing is so poetic it flows so well and I could visualise everything as I was reading it.
Guys, read this book! You’ll fall in love with this world!
“Be glad of your human heart, Feyre. Pity those who don’t feel anything at all.”
And that concludes my review, thank you for reading,