Sarah J. Maas has made quite a name for herself through her New York Times Bestselling fantasy series Throne of Glass. Normally, an author would have trouble living up the success of those books. However, the first novel in her latest series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, doesn’t disappoint. The novel follows a human huntress named Feyre (fay-ruh) who accidentally kills a faerie when out hunting for food. When another faerie beast comes along to seek retribution, Feyre is dragged to their harrowing magical land that she had only heard about in myths. She discovers that her captor, Tamlin, is one of the immortal faeries that once ruled the world. Soon enough, Feyre finds that the faerie world, and soon the mortal world, is being threatened by a dangerous force. And if she doesn’t find a way to stop it, she risks dooming not only the faeries, but humans as well. Sarah J. Maas’ richly imagined fairy tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast is compelling, well-written, and breathtaking.
Now, I’m going to start by saying that I normally despise remakes and retellings of previous stories. On that note, this book was simply irresistible. While reading the book, the fact that it’s based on another story isn’t that noticeable. The basic love story is based on Beauty and the Beast, and that’s about it. The exquisite creatures, intriguing courts, beautiful setting, and dynamic characters are detailed, sensual, and inventive. On top of all that, Maas has the mystifying ability to combine this classic tale with genius lines and creative plots that will make you wish the novel never ends.
I would recommend this to those who enjoy YA fantasy novels that combine action, romance, and adventure. To those who have read this book, I would recommend reading the next novel in the six-part series, A Court of Mist and Fury.