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Maas , beginning with the novel of the same name, released in May The story follows the journey of mortal Feyre Archeron after she is brought into the faerie lands of Prythian for murdering a faerie. These tales inspired the finished series, though it was not ultimately a dedicated retelling. She began writing A Court of Thorns and Roses in early , with the first draft taking about five weeks to complete.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in an adult fantasy series of the same name by Sarah J. It was formally a young adult series but had to be remarketed as adult because of the graphic sex it in. Hence, the cover change. The novel is a retelling of the ballad of Tam Lin, which belonged to a group of songs in the long tradition of balladry collected from the Anglo-Scottish called The Border Ballads.
It also pulls inspiration from the Beauty and the Beast , along with faerie lore. A Court of Thorns and Roses follows the protagonist, Feyre who finds herself entwined with faeries after unknowingly killing one. When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from the legends of her ancestors, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin — one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world; not to mention one of the High Lords of Prythian.
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 grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it.
The book begins with our heroine Feyre hunting in the woods behind her home. Her family, formerly rich but now poor due to her father's bad investments, are starving and she is the sole provider for the family since her father lost enough mobility to try to provide for them when one of the creditors they owed broke his knee.
Her sisters, having never had to try to provide for themselves before, do not help her very much at their small shack in the woods. Feyre has had to travel farther than ever before to hunt, and she is worried that she is getting close to Faerie territory.
Although a treaty was made between humans and the Faerie's, Feyre knows that the Faerie's break the treaty regularly and come across the wall an invisible boundary designating Faerie lands and human lands to kill or torture humans.
She sees a large deer, but there's also a wolf nearby that is stalking the deer. Since she knows her family is going to starve without that deer, she shoots the wolf without having time to question whether it could be a Faerie in disguise.
When her first shot doesn't kill it, she aims a second arrow at its eye, and instead of attacking her for defense it just stands there so she kills it quickly.
She and her sisters go into town to sell the wolf pelt. Her sisters only come with her because now that they know she'll make money they want some of it to spend on themselves. They are met at the entrance to the town by an acolyte from the Children of the Blessed, a cult claiming that Faeries are good and that humans should worship them.
The girl claims that many of the Children have gone to Prythian and never returned since they are so well cared for and Nesta, Feyre's sister, scoffs and says it's not because they are being taken care of but because they are probably dead. They escape quickly from the acolyte and continue into the town. Feyre ends up selling the wolf pelt to a mercenary near the town center who offers her more money than the pelt is worth due to the fact that she says she has been in Feyres position before.
On the way home, Feyre sees Isaac in town and nods her head in greeting in passing. She and Issac are lovers, but their trysts are a secret as he is going to be married soon. The next day a large beast breaks into their house demanding retribution for the dead wolf, who was a Faerie after all.
The beast, Tamlin, states that in the treaty, when a human takes a Faerie life the only option is the human life must be taken by Prythian the Faerie realm. She and her family do not question him as they know Faeries are unable to lie. He tells her that she has two choices; die by his hand here, or forsake the human realm and live out the rest of her days in Prythian. She of course agrees to go with him so he doesn't kill her. Tamlin uses magic to make her fall asleep so that she doesn't see the path leading from her home and she wakes when they arrive at his castle.
Rather than being a prisoner, he tells her that she is free to come and go as she pleases on their grounds, but not to enter into any other court as he can't protect her there. He has changed into his human form now and she sees that he and all the other court have masquerade masks attached to their faces by magic. She eventually starts becoming friends with Lucien, Tamlin's best friend who lives at the castle, Alis, the servant who has been assigned to care for her, and also Tamlin himself.
She had made a promise to her mother when her mother was dying that she would care for their family and she feels she is breaking the promise and wants to find a way home, so she doesn't allow herself to enjoy her time with them. Feyre learns that there is a blight upon the Faerie lands that is releasing demon-like creatures throughout the courts to kill the Faerie's.
The only cause mentioned at this time is a mysterious "she" who's name isn't revealed. Feyre decides to find out some information on her own, and gets advice from Lucien on how to trap a Suriel, a type of Faerie creature who can answer any question asked of it.
Feyre traps one and learns that Tamlin isn't just any Faerie, but one of the seven High Lords, ruler of the Spring court. She also asks if there's truly no way for her to ever get home and the Suriel tells her that although Faerie's CAN lie, Tamlin didn't lie to her about that, and if she wants to remain safe she needs to stay with him.
When Feyre asks about the cause of the blight, the Suriel tells her that there is another land called Hybern that is ruled by a king rather than the land being split up into courts there are 7 courts: Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn, Dawn, Day, and Night. The king is unhappy with the treaty that was signed with the humans which allowed them to no longer be slaves and have lands of their own, and so a hundred years ago he sent his most trusted commanders and killers to the human and Faerie lands to begin waging a war.
As spies, lovers, and courtiers they infiltrated the High Fae courts and gathered enough information that the king could make his plan to take over, but one of his commanders disobeyed and they now call them the Deceiver. At this point, some of the vicious blight Faeries called naga find them and start to kill Feyre and the Suriel. Feyre lets the Suriel loose to run away and runs herself. She is about to be trapped when Tamlin returns from his border patrol when he hears her screams and saves her.
Tamlin and Feyre eventually have a conversation about how she wants to go home due to her promise, and he tells her he can't send her home, but that he has made sure her family is well provided for and he has altered their memories so that they just think she's gone to live with a dying great aunt.
Knowing that she isn't breaking the promise to her mom and her family is being cared for, she relaxes and even begins painting again. As she and Tamlin grow closer, he uses his magic to give her Faerie sight so that she can see and feel the things he does.
She realizes she has been glamoured as he has many more Faerie workers on his grounds that she hadn't been able to see before he gave her the faerie sight and even Alis is different. Rather than being humanlike as Feyre was led to believe, Alis is another type of Faerie who has bark skin. One night, Tamlin tells her to stay in her room and not leave the castle as he has to go to a Faerie ritual called the Great Rite.
She disobeys because she wants to see what it is and although she has on a cloak to hide that she's human, she is cornered by three Faerie's who plan on raping her.
She is rescued by another Faerie described as the most beautiful creature she's ever seen but she senses that he is not really a savior but rather wants something from her so she quickly gets away from him too.
Lucien spots her and whisks her quickly back to the castle, where he explains that the Great Rite is the beginning of Spring in Prythian and the human world, and that tonight, with Tamlin being high lord of the spring court, he will undergo a ritual that regenerates his magic so that he can keep his power. The magic will consume him this evening and his sole purpose will be to find the Maiden and couple with her to complete the ritual.
Tamlin will kill a white stag and sacrifice it as an offering, then go to the sacred cave where a line of maidens will be waiting. No one knows who the chose Madien is until this time, and then Tamlin's magic will lead him to her to complete the ritual.
He tells her that it's lucky he found her when he did, because Tamlin would have smelled her and would have chosen her to take into the cave, but it wouldn't be the Tamlin she knows, as this is "not a night for lovemaking". Embarrassed, Feyre goes to her room and falls into a restless sleep and wakes because the music from the ritual has stopped and she knows that means it's completed.
She wanders downstairs and Tamlin is waiting there, still buzzed from the magic coursing through him. He traps her against the wall and tells her how he smelled her and it drove him crazy trying to find her and he was forced to pick another, and although the Maiden chosen told him not to be gentle that he would have been with her.
Feyre taunts him, hurt that he even did choose another, and asks why she would want someone's leftovers. He goes all beast mode on her and bites her neck leaving a bruise, and although she's pissed she realizes how much she wants him and he knows it too, so now that he's proven his point he lets her go to return to her room.
In the summer, a party is thrown at the castle and Tamlin and Feyre end up finally revealing their feeling to each other and they kiss after Feyre has a bit too much Faerie liquor and loses her inhibitions. The next day at lunch everything goes bonkers and Tamlin yells for Feyre to get behind Lucien. Knowing they've sensed something or someone she can't, she quickly obeys and Lucien glamours her so that she's invisible behind him.
Rhysand senses Feyre even though she's glamoured and threatens to tell Amarantha, his lover and the ominous "she" that is always spoken about regarding the blight. Rhysand asks her name and she tells him it's Clare Beddor, one of the girls she knew from home. Rhysand says he won't tell Amarantha about "Clare" if Tamlin and Lucien beg him and they grovel before him.
Feyre is confused as to why it matters if this woman knows about her but doesn't question Tamlin's motives. He then sends her home even though she wants to stay with him and tells her that the treaty be damned, he will keep her safe and this is the only way to do it since he knows Rhysand will still tell Amarantha about her. When he puts her in a carriage home he tells her he loves her but she doesn't say it back for fear that if she does there's no way she would be able to leave like she's promised him she would.
When she gets home she finds out that her family really has been provided for due to the fact that an unknown man showed up at the shack and asked her father to make some investments for him and they got rich again from that.
Feyre knows it was all Tamlin doing but she's glad they're happy even though Nesta seems very standoffish. Feyre's story is that the great aunt died and left her her fortune in her will and she's brought it home to them. Nesta corners her later on and tells Feyre that she hired a mercenary after Feyre disappeared and went into the woods to try to track her with the mercenary.
Feyre realizes the glamour about the whole "great aunt" didn't work on Nesta due to her iron will, and she's touched that her sister braved the woods to try to find her, and of the fact that she's kept Feyre's secret to keep their other younger sister Elain and father happy.
She then tells Nesta everything. After a while, Feyre finds out that Clare's family was killed and it's rumored that she was taken by Faeries. Feyre knows that Tamlin wouldn't have allowed this and that something is wrong so she tells Nesta that she has to go to him. Nesta agrees to take their family far away so that they'll be safe in the meantime at the first sign of anything "off". She finds her way through the wall and gets back to the castle to find no one there but Alis.
Alis tells her the whole story of the blight and the curse which keeps the masks on the spring courts faces at that time after telling her that Amarantha took Tamlin due to the curse. Amarantha was the "Deceiver" formerly mentioned by the Suriel.
She went from court to court charming all the High Lords on behalf of the king of Hybern for fifty years while she gained their trust.
She had a younger sister, Clythia, who fell in love with a mortal warrior named Jurian during the war before the treaty happened between mortals and Faerie's. Jurian betrayed Clythia as he only wanted information to help the humans in their fight, and killed her and chopped her up into pieces for Amarantha to find.
Amarantha found him, and now wears a ring with his eye in it and his soul is trapped in there, so he's forever alive and her prisoner. After the treaty happened, she harbored such hatred for humans that she and the king of Hybern killed their human slaves rather than free them. She was so charismatic though, that she was able to convince the high lords that her sisters death had changed her and that she and the king were willing to open trade routes with them again.
The high lords never realized nor did the king of Hybern that the ships on the trade routes also smuggled in her army forces too. Amarantha knew that even with her personal army, the high lords were too powerful for her to defeat so that she could kill the humans and do away with the treaty, so she convinced them to all meet with her under the guise of a ball. She slipped potions into all the high lords drinks and was able to steal their magic once they were passed out, leaving them with only their barest magic.
With their magic almost fully taken she was able to use her smuggled army to take Prythian in a matter of days and became the "High Queen". She built her palace under a mountain and has ruled from there since. She sends the creatures as a blight on the land to test the high lords of Prythian who don't kneel to her, which at this point is only Tamlin and the spring court, which she allows him to rebel because she's in love with him and doesn't want him harmed, but she did curse him for not wanting her.
She threw a masquerade ball in her honor at her palace under the mountain upon coming into power and told the spring court to come.
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A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first book in an adult fantasy series of the same name by Sarah J. It was formally a young adult series but had to be remarketed as adult because of the graphic sex it in. Hence, the cover change. The novel is a retelling of the ballad of Tam Lin, which belonged to a group of songs in the long tradition of balladry collected from the Anglo-Scottish called The Border Ballads. It also pulls inspiration from the Beauty and the Beast , along with faerie lore. A Court of Thorns and Roses follows the protagonist, Feyre who finds herself entwined with faeries after unknowingly killing one. When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution.
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They would remain until the bark ran out, then travel north past the wolves' territory and perhaps into the faerie lands of Prythian—where no mortals would dare go.
A Court of Thorns and Roses Summary & Study Guide
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The following version of this book was used to create this study guide: Maas, Sarah J. A Court of Thorns and Roses. Bloomsbury, Paperback Edition.
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