Review

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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 Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
Page Count: 640 pages

This review may contain spoilers for both A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury.

Synopsis: (Goodreads)

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

I went into this book a little uncertain. Almost like it was something I didn’t really want to read. However, positive opinions and reviews on Instagram and YouTube (and whisperings of a certain relationship) forced me to pick it up…and I’m so glad I did.

The first book in this trilogy/series (not sure which) left me a little uninspired. I was intrigued by the premise of a Beauty and the Beast retelling and the promise of a ‘new adult’ story compared to ‘young adult’ definitely piqued my interest. A Court of Thorns and Roses took me over a week to finish and I remember feeling slightly bored if I’m honest. In fact I would have stopped reading if it wasn’t for the more action-packed last third of the book and the introduction of Rhysand.

I wasn’t interested in the Feyre/Tamlin partnership, in fact I was never a Tamlin admirer – he wound me up – it was almost like we were supposed to find him irresistible, and he was definitely in love with himself. I was more intrigued with the character Lucien, who definitely had more scope as a character. However, it was the introduction of Rhysand that really had me sitting up and paying attention. I do love a character within that shade of grey, the neither good or bad. Maas is particularly good at drawing out the background of these character tropes, so you’re always left wanting to find out a little bit more.

The ending of the first book left me with one main area of questioning – what’s going to happen at the Night Court with Rhysand? I have to admit though, I was worried about the possibility of more insta-love between Feyre and Tamlin (ergh)

So let’s start talking about A Court of Mist and Fury…

The first thing that struck me about this book is Sarah J Maas’ ability to successfully (and delicately)  show the effects of a traumatic experience on Feyre – too many times in books this sort of horrific event is brushed under the carpet. This then led on to the lack of understanding from Tamlin (who went even further down in my estimations). Within the first couple of chapters I worried this story would only deal with Feyre’s journeying between the Spring Court and Night Court. My worries were quickly dampened and Feyre was whisked away with Rhysand to escape the emotional torment thrust upon her by Tamlin (boooo).

Maas’ world building in this book is phenomenal, we are finally introduced to the Night Court and it does not disappoint. Something that I did love was the way each court or area visited in the series so far is clearly definable. It’s almost like you can see each land dripping from the page.

Feyre and Rhysand’s evolving relationship was definitely a high point of this book. Somehow Maas has written Rhys as strong, confident, cocky but also severely damaged and vulnerable. This slow burning romance was definitely needed after the ‘smack you in the face’ sort of romance from ACOTAR. The nature of their relationship became so clear in this book and it actually made sense. I loved the way things were explained from the first book that didn’t make sense before (for example Rhysand’s look of shock when he looked at Feyre at the end of the book).

It’s almost beautiful how they link together – shown in this …

“I painted stars and the moon and clouds and just endless, dark sky.” I finished the sixth, and was well on my way sawing through the seventh before I said, “I never knew why. I rarely went outside at night—usually, I was so tired from hunting that I just wanted to sleep. But I wonder … ” I pulled out the seventh and final arrow. “I wonder if some part of me knew what was waiting for me. That I would never be a gentle grower of things, or someone who burned like fire—but that I would be quiet and enduring and as faceted as the night. That I would have beauty, for those who knew where to look, and if people didn’t bother to look, but to only fear it … Then I didn’t particularly care for them, anyway. I wonder if, even in my despair and hopelessness, I was never truly alone. I wonder if I was looking for this place—looking for you all.”

Another high point of this book was the introduction of so many impressive new characters. I’m looking forward to seeing what Maas does with them next and where she takes this story line. It impressed me that through all the new character introductions, new setting descriptions and slow-burning romances, Maas still has a clear plot direction with a very dominating threat just beyond the horizon.

This was my favourite book of the year so far and I’m already looking forward to the next. What were your opinions of A Court of Mist and Fury?

 

Rachael

 

 

 

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