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Королевство шипов и роз - первая книга в одноимённой фэнтези серии книг от писательницы Сары Дж. Маас.

Роман представляет собой пересказ баллады о Тэм Лине, которая принадлежала к группе песен в давней традиции балладного искусства, собранных из англо-шотландского языка под названием "Пограничные баллады". Он также черпает вдохновение из "Красавицы и чудовища", а также из рассказов о феях. Королевство шипов и роз рассказывает историю Фейры, которая оказывается вплетенной в общество фейри после того, как неосознанно убила одного из них.

Синопсис[]

Могла ли знать девятнадцатилетняя Фейра, что огромный волк, убитый девушкой на охоте, — на самом деле преображенный фэйри. Расплата не заставила себя ждать. Она должна или заплатить жизнью, или переселиться за стену — волшебную невидимую преграду, отделяющую владения смертных от Притиании, королевства фэйри. Фейра выбирает второе. Тамлин, владелец замка, куда девушка попадает, не простой фэйри, он — верховный правитель Двора весны, одного из могущественных Дворов, на которые поделено королевство. Однажды Фейра узнает тайну: на Двор весны и на Тамлина, ее покровителя, злые силы наложили заклятье, снять которое способна только смертная девушка…

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Книга начинается с того, что Фейра охотится в лесу за своим домом. Ее семья, ранее богатая, но теперь бедная из-за неудачных инвестиций ее отца, голодает. Не смотря на то, что Фейра младшая сестра, но она единственная кормилица семьи. После потери состояния, отец не смог заботиться о дочерях, когда один из кредиторов, которым они задолжали, сломал ему колено. Сёстры Фейры также не помогают ей. Девушки привыкли к безбедной жизни и не могут адаптироваться к происходящему.

Чтобы найти пищу, Фейре пришлось зайти в лес дальше, чем когда-либо прежде. Девушка обеспокоена тем, что она слишком приблизилась к территории Фейри. Не смотря на то, что между людьми и Фейри был заключён договор, девушка знает, что народ фейри нарушают договор и пересекают Стену (невидимую границу разделяющую земли людей и фейри), чтобы убивать и пытать людей.

Фейра видит большого оленя, но поблизости появляется огромный волк, который также преследует оленя. Поскольку она знает, что ее семья умрет с голоду без этого оленя, девушка стреляет в волка, не успев задаться вопросом, может ли это быть фейри. Когда первый выстрел Фейры не убивает волка, она направляет вторую стрелу ему прямо в глаз. Вместо того, чтобы атаковать девушку для защиты, волк просто стоит, и поэтому Фейра быстро убивает его.

Фейра вместо с сёстрами идёт в город, чтобы продать шкуру волка. Сёстры девушки отправляются вместе с ней, так как знают, что продажа шкуры принесёт их сестре деньги, которые они уже придумали куда им потратить.

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 Feyre's 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 manor. 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 manor, 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. The only cause mentioned at this time is a mysterious "she" whose 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 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 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.

В одну ночь Тамлин говорит девушке оставаться в её комнате и никуда не выходить. Он говорит, что должен участвовать в ежегодном ритуале, который проводится во время большого праздник по названию Каланмай. Фейра не подчиняется, так как хочет увидеть что же такого произойдёт. Несмотря на то, что на ней плащ, чтобы скрыть, что она человек, три фейри загоняют её в угол и планируют её изнасиловать. Фейру спасает другой фейэц, описанный как самый красивый мужчина, которого она когда-либо видела, но девушка чувствует, что на самом деле он не спаситель, и скорее хочет чего-то от нее. Поэтому Фейра быстро убегает и от него тоже.

Lucien spots her and whisks her quickly back to the manor, 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 chosen Maiden 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.

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.

In the summer, a party is thrown at the manor and Tamlin and Feyre end up finally reveal their feeling to each other and kiss after Feyre has a bit too much Faerie liquour 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.

The reason for the disturbance turns out to be Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court, and the male who had rescued Feyre the night of the Great Rite. 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.

Ризанд говорит, что не скажет Амаранте про "Клэр", если Тамлин и Ласэн будут его умолять и встанут на колени. Фейра приходит в замешательство почему нельзя говорить о ней загадочной женщине, но ничего не говорит. Затем Тамлин отправляет девушку домой, хотя она хочет остаться с ним. Парень говорит Фейре, что не смотря на договор, он будет охранять девушку, и это единственный способ сделать её защитить, так как он знает, что Ризанд всё равно расскажет Амаранте о ней. Когда он сажает ее в карету, он говорит Фейре, что любит ее, но она не отвечает ему тем же, опасаясь, что если она это сделает, то ни за что не сможет уехать, как обещала ему.

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 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 "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 manor 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 Court's 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 Faeries. 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 sister's 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 Sacred 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. When they arrived she offered Tamlin peace if he would join her and marry her. He refused and said he would rather marry a human than her. She used magic to sear the masks to the court's faces, and told Tamlin that only if he could make a mortal love him that truly hated Faerie's within seven times seven years, that she would restore his magic and remove the blight from Prythian.

He tried for years to break the curse by glamouring his soldiers as animals and sending them to the human lands to find someone. Part of the stipulation of the curse was that the human was to attack the Faerie soldier unprovoked and kill them so that Amarantha would know of the human's hatred of the Faeries on the off chance that the human did end up falling in love with Tamlin.

Most humans ran or the fathers of the girls killed the Faerie soldiers, etc, and it wasn't until Feyre shot the Faerie soldier that the curse had a chance of being broken. All Feyre would have had to have done would have been to tell Tamlin she loved him that day at the carriage and it would have all ended, but instead, knowing that his time was up to break the curse in just a few days, he chose to send her away to keep her safe as she meant more to him than his own curse or court.

Hearing this and hoping she can somehow still save him, she goes to the court and declares to Amarantha that she's come back to save the man she loves. Amarantha realizes Clare wasn't Feyre after all and shows Feyre Clare's body, which has been strung up on her palace wall beaten and burned until unrecognizable. Amarantha asks Rhysand why he said Clare was the girl Tamlin loved and Rhysand tells her that all humans look alike to him, which Feyre knows isn't true as he recognized her from the night of the Rite whenever he saw her at the manor again before Tamlin sent her home.

Amarantha tells her that if she can do one of two things she will still allow the curse to be broken. Feyre either has to go through three trials to prove her love for Tamlin or solve her riddle, which is this: "there are those who seek me a lifetime but never we meet, and those I kiss but who trample me beneath ungrateful feet. At times I seem to favor the clever and the fair, but I bless all those who are brave enough to dare. By large, my ministrations are soft-handed and sweet, but scorned I become a difficult beast to defeat. For though each of my strikes lands a powerful blow, when I kill I do it slow..."

Feyre doesn't know the riddle answer of course and Amarantha throws her in the dungeon until her first trial after having her minions beat Feyre. Lucien sneaks and heals Feyre as much as he can without it being noticeable so that she's ready for her first trial.

After an unknown amount of time Feyre is brought from the dungeon for her first trial. Amarantha tells her that Rhysand has told her Feyres a hunter and that she must hunt. She throws Feyre into a big mud maze that has a big earthworm creature called the Middengard Wyrm that has been sent to kill her while navigating the maze. Feyre manages to kill it though, by placing a trap of human bones used as a spear pit from its former dinners and then luring the worm to the trap. The worm manages to bite her once in the arm all the way to the bone before she kills it, and she ends up getting a fever and infection once put back in the dungeon since Amarantha didn't give her any medical help after the trial ended.

Rhysand comes to her cell and tells her that he will heal her so she can go on with her trials if she will vow that she will spend a week per month with him at his court. She agrees, knowing that she can't rely on Lucien to know that she needs help this time since they threw her back in the dungeon so quickly after the trial. When he heals her, he leaves a swirled tattoo on her arm and a tattooed eye on her palm.

Sometime later, the cell guards drag Feyre to a hallway and give her a bucket of water and tell her to scrub all the mud off the floor before they come back or they've been told they can roast her on their spit and torture her but not kill her. Feyre realizes this is a task she's not meant to beat as the water is dirtier than the floor was to begin with. Lucien's mother, the head of the Autumn Court, appears and uses magic to clear the water, and tells Feyre they are even now, since Feyre gave her real name to Amarantha when she first came to the court because Amarantha threatened to torture Lucien if she didn't, and his mother is grateful to Feyre for it.

Another task Feyre is supposed to complete is to pick lentils out of an ash filled fireplace and not miss a single one or again she'll be tortured by "the room's owner". It turns out to be Rhysand's room, and since he's really on her side he just uses his magic to move the lentils from the fire pit into the bucket, and then casts a glamour over the guards so that they stop torturing Feyre for amusement.

Each night, Rhysand begins drugging Feyre and forcing her to dance for him in front of the entire court including Tamlin to piss Tamlin off and show his ownership of her because of the deal she made. Feyre hates him but realizes at her second trial that he is actually helping her.

Her second trial involves her being put into a pit with a large fence in the middle and Lucien is chained on the other side. There are three levers on the wall and Amarantha tells her that if she pulls the right one they'll live, if not they are going to be impaled by the spikes that will come down from the ceiling. There are words on the wall, another riddle that Feyre is supposed to solve, but Feyre can't read very well and can't even read the riddle to try to solve it.

She starts to randomly pull a lever and there's a tingling in her hand. When she starts to pull the correct lever the tingling stops and she realizes Rhysand is telling her which one to pull. She has to trust him and pulls that one and it turns out to be correct. She has passed the second test.

The night before Feyre's third trial, Rhysand doesn't make her dance or drug her so that she'll have a clear head the next day, but still dresses her up and puts his magic paint all over her that matches the swirled tattoos on her arms. He uses the paint so that he can see if anyone touches her in a way they shouldn't be because he "doesn't like people messing with his property". When Feyre and Tamlin sneak away for some privacy in a dark room since they think no one is paying attention to them at the party, Rhysand comes in and forces Tamlin to go back to the party and then kisses Feyre. Feyre tries to push him away and Amarantha walks in. She had been looking for Feyre, and Feyre realizes Rhysand forced himself on her to make it look like the smears on the paint were from him and not Tamlin so that Tamlin and Feyre don't get in trouble.

Feyre's third trial is that she's supposed to kill three innocent fairies by stabbing them in the heart. Although she doesn't want to do it, she knows it's the only way to free the people of Prythian. The fairies' hoods are removed one at a time so that she's forced to look them in the eye as she stabs them. The first is a young faerie who pleads for his life, the 2nd a girl faerie who says a prayer and then encourages Feyre that it's okay to do it, and the third turns out to be Tamlin.

Feyre remembers that when having her talk with Alis before coming here, Alis told her there was still another part of the curse that Amarantha was still preventing her from telling Feyre, so she knows it must be important and tells Feyre she has to just listen.

Feyre realizes what she meant and thinks back to all the conversations she heard between members of the Spring Court and remembers everyone saying Tamlin has a heart of stone, she thought it a figure of speech but realizes it's true, that he's cursed with a stone heart, she's never heard it beating when they've lain together either.

Hoping she's right, she plunges the dagger into Tamlin's chest, and after piercing skin and muscle the blade stops. She was right. The fairies all around begin demanding that Amarantha break the spell as Feyre has completed her tasks successfully, and Amarantha calls them fools. She says that although she said solving the riddle would grant instant release from the spell, she only said that she WOULD release the fey if the tasks were solved, not WHEN she would release them and that Feyre had only assumed the same applied to the riddle as the tasks.

Затем Амаранта продолжает убивать Фейру. Она используя свою магию, ломает каждую кость в теле Фейры. Прямо перед смертью Фейра понимает, что ответ на загадку Амаранты - "любовь". Она произносит это на последнем дыхании, и все подданые двора весны немедленно снимают свои маски, а силы Верховного Правителя возвращаются. Тамлин немедленно убивает Амаранту.

Мёртвая Фейра лежит на полу и каждый из Верховных правителей подходит к ней и дарят частичку их силы телу Фейры. Девушка просыпается и обнаруживает, что частицы силы Верховных правителей вернули её к жизни и превратили её в высшую бессмертную фэйку.

В конце книги Фейра и Тамлин возвращаются в поместье двора весны. Хотя Фейра счастлива быть с Тамлином и счастлива, что проклятие снято, она все еще чувствует огромную вину за убийство невинных фейцев. Появляется Риз и она благодарит его за помощь. Он говорит ей пока не благодарить его, так как она, вероятно, не будет благодарить его после того, как проведет в его дворе одну неделю каждого месяца до конца своей жизни.

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