By Kiara Bean, Correspondent
On May 5, 2015, author Sarah J. Maas published the first book of “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series, which became a New York Times bestselling series. The first book of this series carries the same title as the series itself. Maas is an American fantasy author. She has received several awards for both the “A Court of Thorns and Roses” series as well as the “Throne of Glass” series, including the Goodreads Choice Awards Best Young Adult Fantasy and Science Fiction award.
The storyline of “A Court of Thorns and Roses” follows nineteen-year-old Feyre Archeron, a poor girl who is the caretaker of her crippled father and two older sisters, who do not know how to take care of the family. After killing a wolf who turned out to be Fae – fairies who have different kinds of power (this kind had the power to change shape from Fae to wolf) – Feyre is forced to travel to the Spring Court in the Fae land of Prythian. There, she is expected to save all the Fae in the Spring Court. The task is not easy since Feyre does not know about the curse put on the Fae in the Spring Court. By the end of the book, the reader will be surprised by the unexpected turn of events when saving the Fae of Prythian turns into saving Feyre.
In the book, the reader can follow the changes in Feyre’s character. At first, Maas describes Feyre as a determined caregiver with a cold heart because she is forced to take care of her unappreciative family. The killing of the wolf and travelling to the Spring Court changes the strong-willed Feyre into a rebel. Through her adventures, Feyre learns how to trust and becomes a passionate savior. She learns a lot about herself and her own limits during her time in Prythian.
Through various characters, readers realize that not everything is always as it appears to be at first glance and that sometimes, people are capable of more than they can imagine. Even though allies are found in the least expected places, one can never fully trust anyone. Readers are guaranteed to be on the edge of their seats throughout the whole story.