One of my favorite books that warranted a 5/5 rating is Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass. I was very excited to find out that Maas had another series coming out called A Court of Thorns and Roses and I went in with no expectations or ideas what the story was about. I was pleasantly surprised.
In this world, humans have a hatred for faeries because there was a war centuries ago that caused many deaths and both realms to be separated via a wall. Feyre is a 19-year old living in poverty and she single-highhandedly feeds her family, her two sisters and a crippled father. They used to be a part of high society but due to bad investments by her father, her family lost everything. The first chapter was a little bit difficult to get through because it did not draw me in right away but I’m glad I stuck with it. The first thing that struck me about Feyre is that she reminded a lot of Katniss Everdeen. Both of them hunt with bows to feed their family, both are tough, sassy and will do whatever it takes to protect their family but Feyre’s family is not as resourceful as Katniss’ family.
When you first meet Feyre’s family, there is a lot of resentment coming from her eldest sister Nesta and Feyre . Her younger sister and father seem oblivious to their entire blight. Her father has lost his spark due to his downfall and Elain seemed completely oblivious and expected Feyre to take care of everything. Initially, you feel for Feyre because she’s selfless and gives up everything for her family, later throughout the book, you may come to different conclusions.
During one of Feyre’s hunts, she sees a giant white wolf who she suspects is a faerie. She had a lot of fear and hatred for the species. Feyre felt threatened and she decided to kill and skin the animal. After she sells the wolf’s pelt, a creature comes and demands a life debt. He tells her that she can live if she comes back with him to Prythian, the faerie realm.
I found that Feyree has a lot more depth than the heroines in many YA novels because she has faults. She’s not anyone special, she’s not a chosen one, she is an illiterate and she makes mistakes. Mistakes that come with ramifications. What I also liked about Feyre was that she was not an innocent virgin waiting for her knight in shining armor. At the beginning of the story she has a purely physical relationship with one of the boys in town and it’s not romantic, she uses it as an escape.
There is no love triangle in this story, at least not yet. I do not find Talmin her love interest anything special. He has not shown that he has any depth beyond being a good-looking faerie who is a warrior. I find Feyre’s interactions with the other male faeries and faerie creatures far more interesting. I was surprised with the turn of events a couple of times in the book so I would not be completely surprised if there is another romantic interest later on in the series. I think Maas does a good job crafting a believable faerie world.
The book is in no way perfect, but I enjoyed the story so much that I decided to give it a 5/5. There were many cheesy moment such Ferye’s name. Another thing that bothered me is the riddle that is given to Feyre later in the book, I’m not good at riddles but I was able to figure out the answer before I even finished reading the clues. Perhaps this is to highlight the simplicity of Feyre’s mind. I felt that a lot happened in this book and I will be interested to see how the second book in the series plays out. In my opinion, A Throne of Glass is better.
Technically I would give this a 4.5/5, but I gave it a 5/5 on Goodreads because I really enjoyed the story.