Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …
Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.
I liked both Feyre and Tamlin! Feyre was a strong-willed female heroine who was dedicated to her family. She learned to hunt so that she could bring back food for her sisters and her father. Even though she was tough, stubborn, and some might say, cold-blooded, she truly had a gentle and caring heart. Tamlin was a soft-spoken faerie with mysterious intentions. I don’t want to give too much away, but I liked that he was also more than what met the eye.
I loved the romantic tension between Feyre and Tamlin, and to be honest, it was THE reason why I kept reading this book. Although they started off as strangers and perhaps even enemies, they learned to understand each other and find common ground throughout the course of the story.
Rhysand wasn’t introduced until much later, and I thought he was perhaps the most interesting character in the book!!
The last third of this book was filled with one plot twist after another and kept me intrigued.
I liked the concept of the human vs faerie worlds, and the elaborate back story and history behind it all.
Although this book wrapped up nicely, I liked that it hinted at a bigger problem which made me more curious about book 3.
The pacing was on the slow side for the first half of the book or so. There were hints at the bigger plot, but not much information was revealed. There were a tad more ballgowns and fancy dinners and attending to hobbies and good-looking guys than I’d have liked. At some point in the middle, things seemed come to a standstill and the only thing that made me want to read more was the romance between Feyre and Tamlin.
When things were finally happening, it all happened at once. There was one scene where another character info-dumped all the backstory onto Feyre. I ended up understanding what happened, but I kind of wished that bits and pieces of it were revealed gradually during the first half of the novel where nothing happened.
Is it me or… do I sense a love triangle developing?
There were a bit more ballgowns than I would’ve liked, and I wished it was paced better, but overall A Court of Thorns and Roses was a fun read.