A Court of Thorns and Roses – Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Pages: 432
Release Date: May 5, 2015

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. 


I’m writing this review as if you’ve read the entire series. Continue reading at your own risk as there are potential spoilers ahead.

This is my first time rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses. I reread A Court of Mist and Fury before the release of A Court of Wings and Ruin, because obviously it’s the superior book of the trilogy, but I wasn’t even remotely interested in rereading A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’ve been in a book hangover ever since finishing A Court of Silver Flames, so I figured I might as well reread the series.

I wish I would have written a more comprehensive review of A Court of Thorns and Roses when I first read it so that I could compare my experiences, but alas that wasn’t the case.

A Court of Thorns and Roses was a little difficult to get through because I was impatiently waiting for Rhysand to show up. Rhysand is probably my favourite book boyfriend, though that may change when Azriel’s book comes out! Once Rhysand does show up, reading A Court of Thorns and Roses becomes a different experience. I found his actions the first time around to be suspicious and self-serving, but upon reread his actions are more telling. Since it’s been awhile since I’ve reread A Court of Mist and Fury, I’m interested to see at what point Rhysand realized what Feyre was to him and at what point he realized he loved her, if they’re at different times. I do plan on rereading A Court of Mist and Fury once my copy of the new cover comes in.

Tamlin… Tamlin the tampon as BookTok likes to call him. I’m not sure what I saw in him the first time around, but, again, upon reread there just isn’t much there. He’s standoffish and cold for the most part. I felt like Feyre had more chemistry with Lucien in the beginning of the novel.

I also didn’t realize how bloody and traumatizing this story was. Under the Mountain is an incredibly traumatizing experience for all the characters, especially Rhysand. Though nothing is directly stated, what is implied is horrible. Under the Moutain was a truly horrifying experience and I can’t believe I forgot that.

I cannot wait to continue my reread. A Court of Thorns and Roses is easily one of my all time favourite series. These characters got under my skin and never left. No matter how hard I try to shake them off, I can’t. After I finished rereading this first book, I felt like there was this incredible void in my soul. So I can only imagine how I’m going to feel after rereading A Court of Mist and Fury. Wish me luck!


Have you read A Court of Thorns and Roses? What did you think?

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