Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses

This summer I started both listening to and reading the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas.

I was attracted to the story because I had come across a bunch of fanart for it while looking up the Sidhe on Pinterest. I was curious as to who the characters Feyre and Rhysand were and what the world of Prythian was like.

The books are targeted at the young adult audience but as you get further into the series, it quite quickly escalates from young adult to adult very quickly. There were times listening to the audiobook where I had to put headphones on because the sexual encounters were a little more of the adult romance novel verity than teen fiction. By the time you get into the third book, things turn violent as the character find themselves in a bloody war.

I like the alternate history and mythology of Prythian and how the fae are more like a species than they are supernatural beings. They do have powers but there seems to be a source of that power and it is not absolute power, it has its limitations and pitfalls.

The characters are by no means perfect and you get to see some development on all sides. Not all of the development of favorable and the story is woven in such a way that characters you think you hate, you grow to love and those you love, you grow to hate.

As for fluff reading, I enjoyed the books in the series thus far and will likely read the next one when it comes out next year.

Here are the books in the series thus far:

Book One: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Book Two: A Court of Mist and Fury (this one is my favorite in the series so far)
Book Three: A Court of Wings and Ruin

Short Story: A Court of Frost and Starlight (pretty much pure fan service fluff)


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