Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Let me start by voicing an unpopular opinion: A Court of Thorns and Roses did not knock my socks off. I gave it a solid 3 and 1/2 stars, which would have been significantly less had the last third of the book not made up for the rest.
I really liked Feyre even though her family sucked. I liked that she was a strong, independent female character. I liked that the last ten chapters were amazingly action packed. Lastly, I liked Rysand.
Everything else about ACOTAR was just sub-par for me. Tamlin, I found boring. I thought there was no chemistry between him and Feyre and therefore thought her going to the ends of the world to save him seemed….improbable and unbelievable.
But this book, this gloriously huge and beautiful book, holy shit.
Feyre is recovering from Under the Mountain. Physically, she has now immortal, but her heart and soul are broken. As she plans her wedding to Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court, she also looks to him to help repair her, but she finds so solace there. Tamlin is as broken as Feyre, and hell bent on protecting her, he locks her up to break completely.
Everything from here on will be spoilers for A Court of Mist and Fury, so beware!
First and foremost, it needs to be addressed that Feyre’s character growth in this book is amazingly phenomenal. I remember writing my review for ACOTAR, and I specifically said that the only time I enjoyed Feyre was when she stood up to herself, and her own lack of self confidence, and went after what she wanted (Tamlin, Under the Mountain). People grow, and people change. And the fact that in this book Tamlin was refusing to change and adapt with Feyre, or in that case, let her grow on her own, shows that he is not the right person for her.
“And I realized—I realized how badly I’d been treated before, if my standards had become so low. If the freedom I’d been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right.”
As Feyre discovers her new powers, her new friends in the Night Court, and rediscovers her family as a new Fae, she in fact discovers herself. And THAT, that is the reason this book is so damn good. It is a journey of self discovery. A fantastical journey mixed with extremely attractive Fae men, horrible creatures, and magic, but a self discovery nonetheless.
In addition to Feyre’s AMAZING character development, there were some absolutely fantastic new characters introduced. I loved how Feyre’s sisters were finally fleshed out; I found them both to be very bland in the first book. Every single member of the Night Court was so unique, Amren and Mor are literally friend goals.
“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.” Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
I was always on the Rhysand ship, not going to lie. I absolutely adored how his and Feyre’s relationship was built on friendship first and foremost, then comrades, then finally lovers and mates. I had no idea this book was going to be as steamy as it was. Is anyone else with me here? In no way, shape, or form, am I complaining. Good Lord, no. This book was sexy and flirty, and romantic, and I honestly cannot stop thinking about it!
Along with all of the amazing development of existing and newly introduced characters, Sarah J. Maas does an absolutely mind blowing job of expanding the world that Feyre lives in. I loved how in first book, we have a map with just the court territories divided up, but as Feyre moves around in Prythian, and explores new courts, so does the map expand to show the reader new areas as well. I loved the Night Court and all of its lore and beauty so much, it borderline hurts.
I could probably go on and on about this book, forever possibly. But I will stop here and just say, read it. If you were on the fence about A Court of Thorns and Roses, read this. If you loved A Court of Thorns and Roses, and you don’t see how you could possible love this book more, read it. This is so unbelievably amazing, I am still mind blown.
(plus all the stars in the Night Court!)