Feyre knew she didn’t have the best life. It was very clear now that she was hunting in the woods just so her family could have a meal. Even though she was the youngest of three siblings, this task fell to her.
Her family did not care that she was out there risking her life. There are things out in those woods prowling about. Faeries, or fae, which is a hierarchy of magical creatures which have heightened senses and are stronger than a mortal, could have come from over the border and are wandering in those woods. The lands that were home to the fae, Prythian, was what was above the border, and is believed to be lethal to humans. Her family would only care if she brought food back.
One day, Feyre took down what she thought was a wolf while in the woods. What she didn’t know was that this wolf was actually a fae, and was a part of the Spring Court of Prythian, and was under the rule of their High Lord. The High Lords of Prythian are the strongest of the Fae.
When the High Lord of the Spring Court, Tamlin, got word about one of his own being killed by a human, he came and took her back to his manor over the border, where she was to stay there forever.
Feyre encounters other fae and magical creatures from the Spring Court and other neighboring courts throughout her time in Prythian. She wandered the manor and gardens and walked with Tamlin throughout his lands. Her feelings of hate and disgust for the High Lord were slowly fading into affection for him, his court and the new world she was brought into.
Just when those feelings were getting stronger, key players stepped up to stir the cauldron of drama, and Tamlin sent Feyre back to the Mortal Lands. Not wanting to stay in the Mortal Lands, Feyre crosses the Wall and searches for Tamlin but he is not in the Spring Court. There is only one place that he would be, Under the Mountain.
Will Feyre make it in time to save him? Is she throwing away her life for a male she just met? Is it Stockholm syndrome? Will the events Under the Mountain change her life for the better?
Sarah J. Maas, #1 New York Times bestselling author, knows what she’s doing. She continuously writes incredible books that have the readers on the edge of their seats. “A Court of Thorns and Roses” (ACOTAR) is the second series written by Maas.
“ACOTAR” is my favorite book series. It is a re-telling of “Beauty and the Beast.” It is full of adventure, romance and snarky comments. There was never a dull moment while reading this series. The other books in the series are so well-written as well, which makes it a great binge-worthy read. Maas knows how to make a reader feel like they are within the action while they are reading.
One of my favorite things Maas does with her books is the hard-to-pronounce names that she uses. While it is annoying at times to not know how to properly pronounce a name while reading, this tactic of writing lets others know that when you are talking about characters named Tamlin, Feyre, Lucian, Rhysand, and many more, they will know that you are talking about the “ACOTAR” series.
Some booksellers classify this series as “Young Adult.” It is definitely “New Adult” or “Fantasy” for its graphic depictions of violence and sexual content throughout the series.
This “BookTok” series is known to bring readers out of their reading slump or light the fire of reading inside of the individual. “The ‘ACOTAR’ series brought me out of a hardcore reading slump of about three years. Maas and this series will always have a special place in my heart. I probably wouldn’t be reading now if it wasn’t for ‘ACOTAR,’” Brooke Eby of The Slate said.
Maas has stated that she will be continuing this already five-book series. She is also in the process of writing the third book in the Crescent City series, which has a possible late 2023 release date but nothing concrete yet. I am excited to see where she takes all of these characters in the future.
For other books by Sarah J. Maas, go to https://sarahjmaas.com/.