When I picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses from my local library, I wasn’t sure what kind of journey it would take me on. With a full cast of humans, faeries, and other mystical beasts, it seemed right up my alley. I devoured it in a single day.
The first in a series of books, ACOTAR opens in the human world and focuses on Feyre. A young woman caring for her ailing father and two sisters, Feyre is hardened to the world around her. She has long heard stories of faeries, but believes them to no longer be a part of their world as all of the stories happened long ago.
One night while she is hunting for meat to keep her family from perishing in the harsh winter, she kills a giant wolf-like creature. Returning home with meat and furs from her kill, Feyre feels that she’s done what she can to help her family. Back in her home, another beast comes to demand retribution for the murder of the wolf.
Feyre is removed from her home and taken to a magical land, where she learns that faeries are not only real but dwell among them. As her captivity goes on, she finds herself drawn to her faerie captor and fascinated by their way of life. She develops romantic feelings for him but he keeps her at arms length. Together, they must work to save both the earthly and the faerie realms from a dangerous threat.
An easy page turner, ACOTAR was a great distraction when I really needed it. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series to see what happens to Feyre and the faeries.