REVIEW: A Court of Thorns and Roses Series
Buying this series was one of the best decisions I made and was an amazing choice for my return to literary adventure. I was starved and half crazy with book hunger needing to get my teeth into something good, and my goodness this certainly didn’t disappoint.
From the first page to the last I was transported to another world of dark, light and magic; where fairies are not the cute little things at the bottom of your garden.
These books are certainly not for the faint of heart and a little mature in parts if your thinking of passing them onto a younger audience.
A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACoTaR #1)
Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price…
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. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (5 May 2015)
This is where our story begins. It was the shortest of the three books and I honestly couldn’t put it down, finishing it within a few hours.
I absolutely love how each chapter is marked with a line of thorns, l found it a nice touch.
Our first book sets the stage for our main character Feyre, starting in a harsh human world and being torn to an Eden like Fae world to save her family and to settle a treaty set long ago. I felt the first half of the book had a real Beauty and the Beast kind of vibe as she lives and survives as best she can with her captors. As the story goes on, more and more unfolds and well the plot certainly thickens. Its darker and sinister and everything is revealed… Or so you think. You feel deeply involved in every part of the story and the characters around her. The details are deep and really do paint such a fantastic story in your mind and which keeps you on your toes on every page.
A Court of Mist and Fury (ACoTaR #2)
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future – and the future of a world cleaved in two.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (3 May 2016)
Our second book returns to Feyre born anew …. This book is at a steadier pace than the first but has so many twists and turns it left me gasping. It includes a dark rescue, a true love story, developing powers and a family created. A colourful depiction of the fae world, with deep history and dark characters.
It unfolds with love and friendship, betrayal, more enemies than you can count and utter sadness for loss and hurt. It left me crying and shouting and I just couldn’t get enough each page turn bringing your further and further into the dark and the light.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (ACoTaR #3)
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (2 May 2017)
Our final book was a hard one, I really wanted it to last forever but I knew it couldn’t.
It brings Feyre back to where it began, and a final battle to decide all; to save both lands of Fae and Human. Enemies need to become allies or all will be lost to tyranny and darkness… but who is with them and who is not.
Bargains must be forged and made with the potential of loss and death and even enslavement.
Again the story has so many twist and turns it left me open mouthed. I came to love each and every character and my heart stopped at each potential loss and fight and battle. You shout as they engage and fight and you feel as if you fight with them to the very end.
This series was amazing from start to finish. I was gripped by every single word and the attention to detail amazed me; from the characters, to the world around them. A truly magical writer that brings things like this to life. I look forward to reading more in this series and also other works already written.
So, I am giving it a solid 5 stars as it made my soul sing and dance and fill with joy. This is certainly going to be a firm favourite that I am happy to adorn my bookshelf with. Oh and if you want to borrow it… that would be a big, fat No!
I wait eagerly for the next instalment in the series in 2018.
N.B. The books used for this review were purchased by the reviewer.