A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. (2015).
(A Court of Thorns and Roses ; #1)
**4 out of 5 stars**
Feyre is a huntress. She thinks nothing of slaughtering a wolf to capture its prey. But, like all mortals, she fears what lingers beyond the forest. And she will learn that taking the life of a magical creature comes at a high price… Imprisoned in an enchanted court in her enemy’s kingdom, Feyre is free to roam but forbidden to escape. Her captor has a warrior body and a masked face – but his piercing stare draws her closer. As Feyre’s feelings for Tamlin begin to burn through every warning she’s been told about his kind, an ancient, wicked shadow grows. Feyre must find a way to break a spell, or lose her heart forever.
I came to the party really late for this book but now that I’ve arrived, I’m definitely here to stay. As per other reviews, I did find this novel to be fairly slow in speed. However the action ramps right up in about the last hundred pages and it’s worth persevering for it. In Feyre we have a really strong female lead; a young human woman who has been forced to take care of her family with basically no appreciation. When she deliberately kills a wolf who turns out to be a faerie, she is prepared to pay with her life but is taken to a faerie land to live forever (with a handsome captor). As she adjusts to life there and starts to adapt, she learns all is not beautiful in Prythian and there is much darkness about…which is where the storyline becomes really interesting.
Overall: I’d recommend for fans of fantasy romance and I look forward to reading the next one in the series.