Recently, I had the pleasure of diving into and promptly finishing, A Court of Thorns and Roses.
I have a LOT of thoughts to share with you.
Spoilers and controversy ahead!
For starters I would like to declare that I am a big Sarah J. Maas fan. I have loved her previous work and her Throne of Glass series is one of my all time favourites. Despite my love of her work, I treat every book I review the same. I do not consider the previous work of the author and base my thoughts on the work alone. Now let’s get down to business…
While I loved the style that the book was written in, I was not necessarily a big fan of the leading character herself. Why you may ask? Well a few reasons really. To begin with, I did not like her personality. When I was younger I am certain I would have liked her more because she was the perfect component in a classic love story (kinda similar to beauty and the beast if you ask me). However, now that I am in my twenties, I was hoping for something more than the defiant and negative image she portrays. Something more powerful and meaningful. I guess you could say I was hoping for a character I could respect more so as a feminist. Instead I found myself annoyed by her cold demeanour that truly did nothing to benefit her place beyond the wall.
I found that Feyre was constantly asking to help the High Fae but never really proposed how she would do so. The Fae repeatedly declined her offer of assistance and wouldn’t give her any training or helpful information. Honestly, it seemed as though she was fairly useless. I hate saying this because she was, after all, a human in a realm of individuals with superhuman strength. Of course she couldn’t help but I wish they had attempted to educate her on their affairs and teach her how to defend herself. I felt as though she was capable of so much more. There was an underlying strength to her but no one helped direct it.
The final third of the book gave me some mixed feelings and restored some of my faith in Feyre… A tiny bit. The act of going to rescue your loved one in undeniably heroic and also undeniably stupid. She walked into the gates of hell armed with no plan and a few useless weapons in an attempt to save Tamlin. Who just stood there the whole time and did nothing I might add. Could he not have provided her assistance in some way? Or was sending his right hand man the only thing he could do? Either way, this frustrated me. I got even more agitated when Feyre received the riddle. I am not sure how obvious the answer was to the rest of the readers of this book, but to me it was painstakingly easy. Yet it took three whole months for her to figure it out. Regardless of my feelings, the trials were excellent, finally we get to see Feyre do something productive. While I still feel like she was a plaything throughout this whole book, she still showed off some of her internal strength in the last part of A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Overall, I was both annoyed by and in love with this book. I liked the way the story was written and the concept, but I was simply not a fan of Feyre. However, I feel that it is essential to remember that the leading protagonist will not be the same in all books you read and based on this fact, it is okay not to like every character you come across. Therefore, I can still like the book without liking the main character.
While I was not completely and utterly in love with the first book, my undying optimism is not giving out. I have already started the second book and am utterly thrilled to find some of the character development I was hoping for. Stay tuned for my thoughts on the rest of the series.
I hope none of my readers were disappointed about my opinions on A Court of Thorns and Roses but life wouldn’t be fun if everyone agreed with everything you say. So here I am serving up some casual Monday fun. 😉