A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J Maas
3rd May 2016, 640 pages, 5/5 stars
Thanks to Good Reading Magazine for the review copy!
Sarah J Maas is a total genius when it comes to plot twists. A Court of Mist and Fury is no exception to this rule.
While I absolutely love the Throne of Glass series, I wasn’t the biggest fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Tamlin, the hero, was incredibly controlling, and Feyre just bored me, until the last third of the book. BUT ITS SEQUEL IS SOOOOOOOO MUCH BETTER! It totally redeems the series.
A Court of Mist and Fury ties into the myth of Hades and Persephone. In the first book, Feyre made a bargain with the Prince of the Night Court, Rhysand and now she must spend one week of each month with him. Rhys, as always, has impeccable timing, and snatches Feyre away just before her wedding to Tamlin.
The Night Court was absolutely fascinating – Maas’ descriptive power took an epic turn. The world she has created for Rhysand is just stunning. It was wonderful to move outside of Tamlin’s home and to finally see more of the Fae world. Feyre and Rhysand also travel to the Summer Court, and I hope to see even more of the courts as the series progresses.
In the climactic final scenes of A Court of Thorns and Roses, Feyre became a High Fae. The sequel offers us more insight into the Fae, as Feyre tries to come to terms with her new body, and her new abilities. At the same time, she is struggling with a sort of PTSD as a result of the actions she had to take to escape Amarantha.
The new characters we are introduced to as members of Rhysand’s inner circle are all totally fantastic. They are all powerful, but also damaged. Everyone is complex; they often have to make morally ambiguous decisions. I also really like how Maas portrays relationships – they are never perfect, nor are they quite what we expect.
The burgeoning relationship between Feyre and Rhys turned me into a total romantic. I shipped them from the get-go – always a sucker for the bad boy!! I was so excited watching everything play out! It was not only sweet and romantic, but some of the scenes were HOT!
The ending was completely and utterly shocking – there were not one but THREE massive plot twists! I couldn’t put it down – A Court of Mist and Fury has completely and utterly redeemed the series, and turned me into a giant fangirl!! Now I need to twiddle my thumbs until the next book in the series comes out……Luckily, we have Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5) coming out in August to keep us busy!
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.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.