A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books
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.
Now if I'm being honest here, and it's my book blog so wouldn't I be, I missed all of the hype surrounding this book when it came out 2 years ago, though if I'm totally honest, I'm not sure how I did... Anyway, that aside, there are many people whom I follow over on Instagram who still rave about this book today (especially as the third book in the series has just appeared) so I felt tempted to order it and see just what all the fuss was about. OMG, it's fab!!! I haven't felt like this since Twilight was published so I know I'm about to get the next two books and devour them, even though my tbr pile is huge!
This book is set between the real world and the world of the faeries, there is no secret in that. We know that they exist and that their lands are over the border, but we also know not to trust them and not to stray into their lands. Our central character Feyre is out hunting one day when she spots a wolf. It is pursuing a deer she intends to kill so that her family can eat, so faced with a choice of hunt or be hunted, she kills the wolf. Only when she returns home does she learn of her fatal mistake - the wolf was infact faerie and for killing him Feyre must go to the kingdom from whence he came to reside forever more. Saying goodbye to her father and sisters, Feyre embarks on the journey to her new life where she is housed in the Spring Court presided over by Tamlin, and his friend Rhysand. Both are masked and mysterious as a curse has been placed on them that makes removing their masks impossible.
As predicted you might say, the bond between captor and captive grows deeply and both of our main characters find themselves falling in love. Little did Feyre imagine that at the beginning of her journey into the Spring Court that she might be forced to risk her life to save the man she now wants to be with forever.
This book is full of twists and turns and it encourages you to use your imagination. Yes this is a YA novel but I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it and will be purchasing the rest of the series immediately. If you love a good fantasy novel, and faeries and magic are your thing, then this is highly recommended.
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