I came to this Young Adult fantasy series very late but I’m glad I finally made it. While I jump on the occasional YA reading bandwagon (Twilight, His Dark Materials and The Hunger Games), I consider myself a bit long in the tooth now to read this genre and I don’t really read much fantasy. But maybe a good book is a good book no matter how old you are or who the target audience is. And so when I recently joined the Bookgramming community on Instagram and saw all the love for the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas, I was intrigued to find out more and went and bought the three book box set.
I consumed all three books in the series–A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury and A Court of Wings and Ruin–in a week. Now I finally get all the hype and all the love for this series. I can see why teens and women alike are filling their Instagram feeds with photos of these books and I’ve happily joined this reading cult.
For the uninitiated, don’t worry, I won’t give any spoilers. But I will say this is a fantasy series about the world of humans being divided by a great wall from the world of faeries after a great war 500 years ago. The main character Feyre is a human huntress who is struggling to feed her starving family (a crippled father and two older sisters). She reminded me of Katniss from The Hunger Games in that she is a bit ragged around the edges, smart and tough. Feyre kills a huge wolf she suspects might be a faerie who has come illegally through the wall. This sets off a chain of events that sees her whisked away over the wall into Prythian, the land of the Fae, as punishment for her crime.
That’s all I will say about the plot because, if you haven’t read this series, I think it’s great to be surprised by what you find. I think the reason I liked these books so much was because I didn’t know anything about them and so all the plot twists and turns, character development and story lines were all new to me.
I also didn’t have the highest expectations when I went to read this series as I wasn’t sure that I was the target audience. I was therefore surprised that this series is more adult than Young Adult. There are a lot of steamy, graphic love scenes so I think these books are probably for readers in their late teens at least. But who am I to judge the reading habits of teenagers when I was stealing my mum’s romance novels to read when I was a teenager!
Parts of these books felt familiar as storylines are borrowed from all different myths and legends throughout the world. I thought this series was going in a predictable direction at times but that didn’t make it any less enjoyable.
What makes these books a great read is the fantasy world and characters Sarah J Maas created. I liked that this series depicted a good, solid relationship between two main characters (you’ll know who I am talking about if you have read the books) based on love and respect. They are a good partnership and it’s not a controlling relationship like sometimes depicted in YA novels.
As good as book one is, everyone really loves book two. So make sure you don’t stop after book one!
I’m looking forward to reading the fourth book in the series A Court of Frost and Starlight which comes out in May 2018.
Verdict: Read this series if you want to be swept away to a magical realm where you could happily live forever…
Have you read this series? What made you read it?