The Court of Thorns and Roses #3
At almost seven hundred pages, The Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah Maas runs long. Maas’ world building shines, however, as a highlight of her writing style. She describes settings with complex and lavish detail, from clothes to palaces to landscapes. All components pull you into the faerie world she creates.
Written in first person point-of-view, the reader meets characters and sees events through Feyre’s (the High Lady of the the Night Court) eyes. At times the narration has a feel of third person because of the multi-character development. The reader may think the narration is objective in those scenes, although that clearly isn’t the case.
Maas primarily focuses on conflicts between her fairie world characters, however, the plot includes talk of vulnerable humans, who will suffer if those with magic don’t protect humans from the more power-hungry courts. Plenty of plot twists, derived from the elaborate faerie world Maas creates, embellish the story.
Interview with Sarah Maas on YouTube
It’s always fun to get to know the person behind the story and what the author imagines about their characters. An interview with Vilma Gonzalez from Sept. 2016 on the USA Today website does just that.
If you enjoy the Court of Thorns and Roses series, you may enjoy Leigh Barduga’s Shadow and Bone, although Barduga’s story has some coming-of-age elements in her main character arc.
For those interested in writing:
Maas shines when writing multi-person scenes. Her group scenes replace ‘he said’/’she said’ dialogue markers with nuanced descriptions that give characters personality, while allowing the reader to track who is saying and doing what. This is a special skill in writing worth reading Maas’s work to learn from.A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin's manoeuvrings 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.