10 A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Club Questions

We all love Sarah J. Maas’s world-building in “A Court of Thorns and Roses” − the romance, the fantasy, the whole vibe in general. 

But what if we take a step back and really look at the characters? 

What makes them tick? 

What’s the deal with this strange and beautiful world?

I found some amazing discussion questions that’ll help us rethink the story and the people in it. 

Forget just reading the book – let’s analyze it with these questions. 

Here we go.

a court of thorns and roses book club questions

A Court of Thorns and Roses Book Club Questions

  1. Feyre initially enters Prythian as retribution for murdering a faerie. Because of her upbringing, she sees the faerie world as a place of danger and the High Fae as cruel rulers. However, her time in the Spring Court forces her to reevaluate her biases. Ultimately she must decide if she can ever view the faerie world, particularly its more monstrous inhabitants, as anything but threatening.
    To what extent is Feyre’s change in perspective a result of her developing feelings for Tamlin, and to what extent does her understanding of the faeries change independently? Do you believe she ever truly overcomes her human prejudices?

  2. The faeries of the Spring Court are trapped wearing elaborate masks, a remnant of a curse placed upon them by Amarantha. This acts as a visual representation of the suppression of individual identity in favor of societal expectations, a theme mirrored in Tamlin’s own struggle to outwardly display his true nature. Yet, by the end, it is Feyre’s love that breaks the curse, and the faeries are freed from their masks.
    Could the curse on Tamlin and his court also represent how humans view the faerie as an ‘other’, focusing only on societal appearances and not trying to understand their true nature? Does Feyre’s love overcome these prejudices, and if so, how might this apply to both the human and faerie worlds?

  3. The power dynamic between Feyre and Tamlin is complex and shifts throughout the novel. Feyre initially arrives in Prythian as a prisoner, lacking agency. Yet it’s her actions, however constrained, that ultimately save Tamlin. Their relationship is marked by an imbalance of power due to their respective positions as human and High Lord.
    Is there an authentic power or choice within Feyre as she falls for Tamlin, or is her love partly a result of the constrained environment? To what extent are her actions driven by survival versus true affection, and how does this question the nature of their relationship?

  4. Rhysand, as the High Lord of the Night Court, initially operates under an aura of mystery and malevolence. He is morally ambiguous in opposing Amarantha, using questionable tactics in pursuit of his own goals. His bargain with Feyre marks her, blurring the lines between consent, control, and ownership. Yet hints of his own traumatic past and hidden motivations become apparent as the novel progresses.
    Does Rhysand’s morally gray characterization offer potential redemption, or does he represent a darker path Feyre might eventually travel? Given his actions, can his feelings for Feyre be considered genuine or simply another form of manipulation?

  5. Feyre’s transition from hunter to protector is central to her journey. Her responsibility to her family requires her to kill for survival, but this act also thrusts her into the political struggle within Prythian. Her identity shifts even more dramatically after her resurrection as High Fae, fundamentally changing her power, perspective, and her place in both human and faerie worlds.
    Is Feyre’s change a betrayal of her humanity or an evolution into her truest self? How does her relationship to violence and power alter as the narrative progresses, and what might this say about the tension between survival and morality?

  6. Sacrifice and love form a recurring motif within the story. Feyre undertakes trials, endures physical and emotional pain, and ultimately sacrifices her own humanity for Tamlin and the fate of Prythian. However, love can also become a tool of manipulation or control, evidenced by Amarantha and even Tamlin’s own actions.
    Explore the difference between healthy expressions of love that empower, and those rooted in possession and control. Can Feyre’s sacrifices be seen as heroic, or as consequences of a dangerous love dynamic?

  7. Feyre’s identity is repeatedly defined by her external circumstances. She transitions from daughter, to huntress, to prisoner, to lover, to High Fae. Her lack of agency early on becomes a catalyst for her eventual choices. Yet, even after gaining power, she still finds herself caught in complicated interpersonal dynamics and expectations.
    Does Feyre ever fully achieve autonomy? To what extent is her identity shaped by her own actions and desires, and to what extent is she still bound by the expectations of others?

  8. Throughout the novel, Feyre grapples with her illiteracy, representing a lack of knowledge and agency. Her determination to learn, and Tamlin’s role in facilitating that, becomes a significant aspect of her development. Access to knowledge is a constant source of power and control, not just for Feyre individually, but reflected in how Amarantha wields it.
    How does knowledge, or deliberate lack thereof, shape the power dynamics within Prythian? How does Feyre’s desire to learn act as a form of defiance, especially considering her status as a human among the High Fae?

  9. The Suriel is a fascinating creature, a neutral source of truth with a frightening appearance. Yet Feyre’s encounter with it reveals knowledge has a cost, potentially altering the course of events and setting her on a dangerous path. It sparks the question of how truth and ignorance shape our choices.
    Could events in Prythian have unfolded differently if Feyre had not sought out the Suriel? Does the truth it offers help or ultimately make her situation more complex? Should certain truths remain hidden for the sake of self-preservation, and who decides what they are?

  10. “Beauty and the Beast” influences are strong in this retelling, particularly the themes of inner worth, deceptive appearances, and finding love in unexpected places. However, Maas subverts some classic tropes, including the role of the ‘monster’ and the savior.
    Where does the novel clearly draw from the original tale, and where does it deliberately depart? How does this reimagining challenge expectations of the classic Beauty and the Beast narrative?

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