I’ve read and heard many times over since coming across this series that it was much better than the Throne of Glass series, and it is a good series and I can’t get enough of it, however, I do disagree about which series is better. I would say that part of the reason is because the series, at least the first four books, are in first-person in the mind of Feyre. Truthfully, this is probably the biggest reason I’ve knocked this one down below Throne of Glass. I’ve never been a fan of first person, which if you’ve read some of my past book reviews you would know this quite well by now, and the reason for this is because I can never get a strong connection to the characters I’m reading about as they’re all one-sided. Yes, you do get a sense of who the other characters are that are within the books, but I like to be able to dig into their minds and look as from an outsiders perspective. It makes the story more well-rounded and you get a better sense of who each of the characters truly are instead of only getting the insight from the character who is seeing them, in this case, from Feyre’s perspective.
In this series there are times of action and suspense and heartache, as well as love and happiness, but it once again falls below that of what was seen and felt throughout Throne of Glass as you only get a true idea of how Feyre feels while having to pretty much guess at what the others feel about each other.
You can feel the love that Feyre eventually has for Rhys and those that become her family, as well as the anger that seems to take over the Spring High Lord, Tamlin more as time goes on, especially after how Thorns and Roses ends with Feyre leaving Tamlin – Feyre then takes up residence in the Night Court with High Lord, Rhysand, after Tamlin decided that he would lock Feyre within his estate in the Spring Court, one thing that she couldn’t tolerate, especially after what she went through Under the Mountain and what Amarantha dished out. I mean, come on Tamlin! She risked her life, actually lost her life, in order to save his and he goes and locks her up?! Yeah, no. I don’t blame her one bit for leaving his ass behind.
However, when it comes to the Fae, they believe that the women are to be controlled by that of their so-called masters, so her leaving Tamlin behind for a better life in the Night Court wasn’t going to be that simple as he goes on the hunt for her.
The first book, was very slow going; even with everything that happens at Under the Mountain and Feyre having to not only fight for her own life, but that of the Fae that have been cursed to live below the mountain for the last 49 years. And it lacks going into book two, Mist and Fury, as well – that is until, once again, the end of the book. I will admit, what Feyre sacrifices at the end of Mist and Fury actually hurt my heart so much I felt as if I was going to be sick to my stomach. It was one of the very few times when I scanned ahead a bit in the third book to see if Feyre and Rhys can overcome what she did. I had spoilers but this was one of the times that I couldn’t stop myself as I wasn’t going to be able to start the third book until later the next day and I wouldn’t be able to stop thinking about it, even in my sleep. And I hate losing sleep so I had to know!
This series had such potential and it just fell short.
Lets skip ahead to the final book in the series – well the final thus far as there seems to be a few more that are in the plans of being released, Silver Flames. I’m only halfway through reading this one but it’s by far my favorite. Not only is the book in third person, which I’m very happy about but at the same time kind of bugs me due to the first four books being in first person and then all of a sudden it’s switched over, but the biggest reason why I love this book so much more than the others is because its main focus is that of Nesta and Cassian. They are my two favorite characters out of the group of them and I can’t get enough of them. Neither of them take shit from anyone, especially Nesta, but at the same time try and hide the love that they have for all the others. One of my favorite types of characters is a fighter, is someone that tends to distance themselves from others and fights for what they truly want.
Although, with Nesta, she’s not exactly fighting for what she wants, which is to be happy with her remaining family and Cassian as it’s very obvious that she at least cares for him very deeply, if not actually loves him. She sees herself as a failure. She failed at keeping Elain safe from the clutches of the Fae and King Hybern, she fails at fixing the wall before it’s brought down by the king, and she continues to fail at one thing or another. She refuses to believe that she deserves anything or anyone so instead she pushes them away with her harsh words, destroying herself in the process. I don’t know how this book will end as of yet but I can only hope that Nesta ends up getting what she truly deserves, the love and happiness like all those around her.
I had high hopes for this series, and it’s not a series that I’ll forget any time soon, and one that I recommend everyone who likes this genre to read at least once – however, it’s not a series that I see myself rereading until a few years have passed.
About A Court of Thorns and Roses
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it…or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
About A Court of Mist and Fury
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.
About A Court of Wings and Ruin
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.
In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.
About A Court of Frost and Starlight
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series. Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.
About A Court of Silver Flames (in progress)
Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.
The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.
Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.
Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.
A list of books in each of Sarah Maas’ series can be found here – Book List – then hovering over “Books” at the top.