Friday 22 May 2015

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


A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.

My Musings

The Deliciously decadent new fantasy series from Sarah J Maas weaves a seductive spell over her fans again.

Based on Beauty and the Beast and aimed for a slightly older audience we are introduced to a new fantasy world where humans and faeries live uncomfortably side by side after a great war but evil is still lurking. Feyre lives in poverty with her family and when out hunting for them kills what she thinks is a wolf but in fact is a faery in disguise. In retribution a warrior faery Lord named Tamlin, in his 'beast' form demands she give her life and return with him to his home or her family dies. Maas cleverly paints a bleak barren picture of Fayre's life so when she arrives at the Tamlin's home both the reader and Feyre delight in the beauty and colour of , what we find out, is The Spring Court. The contrast is striking.

When he is home Tamlin, turns from beast to man but still  has to forever wear a golden mask due to a curse on his court by the evil queen Amarantha. The mystery of the man behind the mask hangs in the air between them. Their clash of wills  as Feyre refuses to be intimidated by Tamlin and their fight for survival and love is captivating and their chemistry grows powerfully throughout the book. I should also mention Tamlin's best friend Lucien who adds quite a bit of spice!

The book really starts to twist and turn when Spring Court is attacked and both Feyre and Tamlin become prisoners to Amarantha, Queen of Prithian. It is here we are introduced to the darkly addictive Rhysand, Faery Lord of the Night Court. The plot weaves a deliciously complex plot, where bad characters turn good , or do they? The end still leaves many questions unanswered frustratingly. Will Fayre save Tamlin? Is Rhysand to be trusted? And what of the bargain he has made with Feyre. Shadows of the myth Hades and Persephone spring to mind. You hold your breath as their lives hang in the balance.

Marr has created an hedonistic world full of sensual and decadent heroes and a fiercely passionate and  beautiful heroine that will carve their names into your memory for a long time after finishing this awesome book.  I didn't realise I was so fully hooked until the last page when I felt quite desolate it had finished and I would have to wait a full year until the next one! Definitely one of my favourite books this year!!

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The Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas

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