When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is my first Sarah J. Maas novel - and it has been a captivating experience. This novel is a wonderful addition to my collection of Beauty and the Beast retellings. Feyre is a huntress fighting for her and her poor family's survival when a fateful choice in the forest forces her to live with a powerful fairy lord beyond the world of humans. Maas has created a rich fantasy world with some traditional fairy lore, as well as weaving in the legend of Tam Lin, yet her retelling has its own magic. Fast-paced, with some chilling and anxiety-inducing scenes, as well as some heated, sensual ones, I eagerly devoured page after page. While I was dissatisfied with the explanation of the curse/blight, and groaned at the foreshadowing of a love triangle, I would love to see what lies in store for Feyre and Tamlin. Although it is the first of a series, do not let that stop you from enjoying A Court of Thorns and Roses. There are no cliffhangers, just a richly satisfying ending.