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 . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.
- By chapters:
- Chapter 1: We meet Feyre, a hungry young woman, a huntress hunting her prey in the woods near the wall where few dare to go. She hates faeries and at the last moment (her family was hungry for days already) a doe appears but she notices an extremely big wolf watching the doe as well. She lets the wolf kill the doe and she kills him with an ash arrow to his side and fires another into his yellow eye. She skins the wolf and takes doe with her. The conclusion of the chapter in a way is: But this was the forest, and it was winter,
- Chapter 2: She comes home, we meet her family, her two older sisters and her father. They don't do anything and use lame excuses to cover up for their laziness. We learn about their beliefs, we get a few glimpses from their past (mother dead, Elain's kindness, lost fortune). While she does suffer through their ignorance and sneers, she is unsatisfied, she is disappointed in them. And we hear about their drawers ;)
- Chapter 3: The three siblings rush to the local market, where they encounter the so-called "Children of the Blessed"; young people obsessed with Faes, often becoming annoying to their fellows. With Nesta's hot temper exploding over them, Feyre soon finds herself trying to get away from her. She bargains the prey with a skilled mercenary, who reveals that the wall is about to be torn down. Feyre then takes a moment to reminisce all the events leading to the war between Faes and mortals, which resulted in their world divided in two. After the woman's warnings and advice, Feyre walks away only to face Isaac Hale, her sexual partner for two years, give or take. She explains that she has little to no feelings for him, seeing him as a means to reduce her anxiety and limit the hardships she daily gets to grapple with, and the other way round. Later that afternnon, Feyre finds the family relaxing over the goods the girls have purchased for their father. It then crosses her that the matter with Thomas Mandrey, Nesta's boyfriend who wishes to wed her, is yet to be settled. As she prepares herself to elaborate on the topic, the front door shuts open and Feyre's sisters start screaming, as a huge beast walks past the doorway.
- Sarah J. Maas began writing A Court of Thorns and Roses in the spring of 2009 and wrote the first draft in about 5 weeks. 
- "I wrote Book 1—MORTAL— back in 2009. It was one of those can’t-write-fast-enough books—a magic book. I got the idea, and then BAM—I could not stop writing it for the next few weeks. I’m pretty sure it’s still the fastest I’ve ever written a novel..."
- — Maas discussing the development of the book
|Feyre's narration||Other books|
|A Court of Thorns and Roses||Book 4 (Untitled)|
|A Court of Mist and Fury||Book 5 (Untitled)|
|A Court of Wings and Ruin||Book 6 (Untitled)|
|A Court of Frost and Starlight||Wings and Embers|
|Novella 2 (Untitled)|
|A Court of Thorns and Roses Coloring Book||A Court of Thorns and Roses|