My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Many Thanks to Net Galley, Bloomsbury Publishing and Sarah J Mass for the copy of this book.
I feel like having woken up from a dream or an enchanted sleep after reading A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. It is supposedly a re-telling of the classic Beauty and The Beast and of course it is relatable but so much of the basics have been changed that I felt there’s no comparison at all. The most glaring one is that Fayre is illiterate and is prone to see the world in colors which she tries to capture as paintings.
Prythian is a land of faeries, attors, monsters, beasts, shape-shifters and what not but it is also a land cursed. When Fayre is forced to live forever in the Spring Court under Tamlin the High Lord of the place, little does she expect that love will shine thru for the masked beast who forced her away from her family.
The first part of the book was slow-paced with Fayre’s feelings undergoing a massive change as she grapples with being away from her father and sisters and the love that grows for Tamlin. It is the second part of the book however that hooks a reader in completely with the action shifting to Amarantha’s court, the evil villainess who wants Tamlin for herself and take revenge on the entire human race for destroying her sister’s life.
This is a fascinating tale of love as Fayre tries to save Tamlin and his lands from the dreaded curse.
I would have preferred more action from Tamlin as hero especially in Amarantha’s court where he becomes a passive observer to all the pain endured by Fayre. It is Lucien and even Rhysand who captures more interest as supporting characters. The first and the third task that Fayre had to face raises the tempo but the second task was a big letdown, I thought.
I am probably the only one out there who would be happy with no series in this enticing story but as Rhysand’s story is yet to evolve with Fayre, looking forward to continuing it.
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