A Court of Thorns and Roses suggests a world as beautiful as the title. We shift from the poverty stricken human world of 19-year-old Feyre, a huntress and sole breadwinner of her family after their downfall from riches. She is tough as nails as she fights to feed her family in the harsh conditions of winter – and this all changes when she kills a wolf who happens to be Fae. And now she must pay with her life in captivity over the wall that separates humans from Fae with her masked captor, Tamlin in the Spring Court, a place where it is always spring and learns that the Fae world is not as perfectly ruled as the tales told to her.
It all sounds so promising, right? Yet when I picked up this book for the second time, I was rather disappointed with how dull most of the book was.
It’s nothing magical until the last hundred pages.
The pacing of this book was rather slow to begin with. Feyre’s sisters were aggravating my nerves and her crippled father only added to the injustice I felt for Feyre. Even when Feyre is taken by Tamlin I wasn’t interested. It isn’t until Under the Mountain that things picked up a little and suddenly there was passion, conflict and pain – all the good stuff. But considering the amount of hype and book merch surrounding this book and its sequels, it didn’t feel like enough to warrant the hype.
The character development is pretty standard.
We meet one of Tamlin’s only friends and right hand, Lucian, who looks he could kill you but is actually a cinnamon roll. He’s present but like a pair of watching eyes, unable to intervene. His development in the next two books is brilliant though. Then there’s Alis, who gives Feyre advice when she needs it the most, and further along we are graced with the presence of Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court. But the main interest of the book is Tamlin, and for me he felt a little too superficial and boring. Yes, he’s handsome and enchanting, and his character is really thrown in the deep end in the next two books, but during ACOTAR, he’s a bit basic.
Feyre herself is independent and fierce. She is the only one taking care of her family and no one seems to appreciates it, not even when Tamlin snatches her away. It’s the journey she takes, not the romantic aspect of the book that half consumed the story, that made me cheer her on. She isn’t someone to be saved but someone who will save others before herself. However, she does comes across as bland – that may just be me and my standard for characters in fantasy, but aside from her personality and determination, there isn’t much there.
Sarah’s writing has definitely improved over the course of her books. Her style is becoming her own and her words are bewitching us. Would definitely recommend this book.