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A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series #1)

A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series #1)

by Sarah J. Maas

Narrated by Jennifer Ikeda

Unabridged — 16 hours, 7 minutes

Sarah J. Maas

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Overview

A Court of Thorns and Roses is a completely original retelling of Beauty and the Beast by New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas with, of course, a strong female lead, faeries, and an amazingly inventive world.



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

03/23/2015
When 19-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the borderland forest between the human world and the faerie kingdom of Prythian, she unknowingly breaks a wary truce and must repay the murder with her life. Tamlin, the shapeshifting Fae who comes to collect, offers Feyre a way out: spend the rest of her days on his lands in Prythian. She reluctantly agrees, leaving her starving family behind for the deceptive luxury of the faerie world. As Feyre begins to accept and even enjoy her new surroundings, not to mention the attentions of her host, she learns that the faerie world is crumbling under a blight that robs people like Tamlin of their magic and lets monsters roam free. Maas (the Throne of Glass series) draws themes and plot points from several fairy tales, fueling a well-developed world and complex relationships. The gruesome politics and magical might of the Fae may seem to leave Feyre hopelessly outmatched, but her grit and boundless loyalty demand that her foes—and readers—sit up and pay attention. Ages 14–up. Agent: Tamar Rydzinski, Laura Dail Literary Agency. (May)

From the Publisher

“Simply dazzles.” - starred review, Booklist on A Court of Thorns and Roses

“Passionate, violent, sexy and daring…. A true page-turner.” - USA Today on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

“Suspense, romance, intrigue and action. This is not a book to be missed!” - Huffington Post on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

“Vicious and intoxicating…. A dazzling world, complex characters and sizzling romance.” - Top Pick, RT Book Reviews on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

“A sexy, action-packed fairytale.” - Bustle on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES

“Fiercely romantic, irresistibly sexy and hypnotically magical. A veritable feast for the senses.” - USA Today on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

“Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy fantasy.” - Kirkus Reviews on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

“An immersive, satisfying read.” - Publishers Weekly on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

“Darkly sexy and thrilling.” - Bustle on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY

“Fast-paced and explosively action-packed.” - Booklist on A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN

“The plot manages to seduce you with its alluring characters, irresistible world and never-ending action, leaving you craving more.” - RT Book Reviews on A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN

School Library Journal

05/01/2015
Gr 9 Up—When 19-year-old Feyre kills a wolf in the barren woods near her home in Prythian, she thinks it might be enough to help her family survive another long winter. Instead, a monstrous creature soon comes to the cottage, accusing Feyre of murder and demanding she return with him to the Fae realm as payment for the life she took. Feyre finds herself held on a lavish estate belonging to an elite Fae creature known as Tamlin. Over the course of her captivity, Feyre soon learns that life in the Fae realm can be as much of an opportunity as a punishment. When her feelings for Tamlin shift from loathing to lust, Feyre also realizes little will be able to keep them apart—not even the threat of evil lurking on the borders of the estate. Something that has cursed Tamlin for centuries may destroy him and his realm if Feyre can't find a way to stop it. Maas follows up her "Throne of Glass" novels (Bloomsbury) with this series opener. Readers will find the author's trademark blend of action, romance, and witty banter as well as a sexier, edgier tone. This retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" and "Tam Lin" (with elements from ancient Greek mythology thrown in) has a strong focus on Feyre's physical attraction to Tamlin, but characters lacking in dimension detract from Feyre's strengths as a capable but rash heroine. Uneven pacing includes a slow start followed by a game-changing information dump, and then a more action- and less romance-filled second half. VERDICT A weak fantasy with strong romance elements. Good for fans of Maas's previous books looking for a more mature read.—Emma Carbone, Brooklyn Public Library

Kirkus Reviews

2015-03-17
A wild new take on "Beauty and the Beast" in a world where humans and the faeries who once enslaved them live separated by a wall erected under Treaty. Feyre keeps her once-great, now-impoverished family fed—but just barely—by hunting. On a desperate trip, she kills a large wolf that's actually a fae, which she learns when a large beast tears into their cottage demanding the murderer. For retribution, he brings her to the faerie lands she grew up hating and fearing—with reason, as many dangerous faeries love tormenting humans. She learns truths and lies about faeries, who have been afflicted by a mysterious, magical blight. When not in beast form, Tamlin is beautiful, powerful, and one of the seven High Lords of faerie. Their romantic courtship sizzles with sexual tension before reaching a consensual consummation conveyed in appropriately brutish language (Tamlin is a shape-shifter, after all). Feyre knows the fae are keeping dangerous secrets from her, but by the time she finds out the truth it might be too late. In the end, it's Feyre who must face nigh-impossible trials and cruel court games to save Tamlin. The plot is not without its occasional weak moments, most notably a late exposition dump and a too-easy final riddle. Nevertheless, the sexual tension and deadly action are well-supported by Maas' expertly drawn, multidimensional characters and their nuanced interpersonal dynamics. A satisfying conclusion to the storyline leaves the door open for future books. Sexy and romantic. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940171052980
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 12/16/2021
Series: Court of Thorns and Roses Series
Edition description: Unabridged

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