Monday, April 09, 2018

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

After writing several Throne of Glass titles, Sarah J. Maas continued showing her interest in faerie worlds by beginning the Court of Thorns and Roses series. My love for Throne of Glass meant, naturally, I had to read A Court of Thorns and Roses at some point. In the end I do prefer Throne of Glass, but A Court of Thorns and Roses is good enough that I plan to finish this series as soon as possible, especially since a new title is coming soon.

Despite my preference for Throne of Glass, I enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses too, especially because it is the perfect example of Maas’s usual strengths and weaknesses in writing. The romance is a weak spot, rendering a good portion of the first book inessential reading, but that weakness is made up for with strong action sequences, fascinating world-building and well-developed characters.

Once the plot really takes off, the book becomes heart-stopping and impossible to put down. Though Tamlin is not horrible enough to make it a true adaptation, the story takes plot beats from Beauty and the Beast, putting Feyre (the Belle stand-in) in position to save the day. The resolution is unexpected, and not much is left unanswered considering the book is the first of a multi-title series.

For more faerie books beyond those written by Sarah J. Maas, try The Cruel Prince by Holly Black or An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. If you prefer the Beauty and the Beast retelling aspect of the story, then try Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge or Hunted by Meagan Spooner.

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