A Court of Throns and Roses by Sarah J. Mass, author of the Throne of Glass series , or commonly referred to as Acotar, is the first book in its trilogy. It started out as the retelling of Beauty and the Beast. The story is set in a fantasy world called Prythain. Feyre, the protagonist, is a human and has to provide for her impoverished family by hunting. Her village is seperated from the Faerie realms by an invisible wall that is supposed to protect them from the Faeries. She lives with her father, who is a fromer rich merchant that has lost all his riches, and her two elder sisters Elain and Nesta. Elain is a sweet girl, but Nesta, whom Feyre looks like very much, seems cold and doesn’t do anything to improve their situation. One day she shoots a wolf while hunting, who later turns out was a High Fae shapeshifter. His friend, the High Lord of the Spring Court with the name Tamilin, seeks revenge and takes Feyre with him to live in his castle for ever. While Feyre is trying to escape at first, she slowly falls in love with her captor. Meanwhile something big and scary is threatening the Faerie world and Feyre may be the key to resolve the situation.
At first I wasn’t really convinced by this book. I primarily bought it, because I really love Maas’ other series, Throne of Glass. Acotar is a good introduction and set up for the series. It is not the strongest book in it, but the characters are introduced beautifully. On it’s own it is a really good book, but in my opinion it is the weakest one in the series, because the other ones have a lot of charm and development. Even though it is written in 1st person perspective, it doesn’t feel odd to read it, even when there are love scenes or the main character does something unwise. I was a bit concerned, whether a 1st person narrative could really work in such a complex world, but I was surprised. The world is similar in many ways to the world we know from Throne of Glass, but I guarantee you that this series will take your heart by storm.
I would give A Court of Thorns and Roses a solid 4 out of 5 stars.