A Court of Mist and Fury | Book Review
A Court of Mist and Fury contains small spoilers for A Court of Thorns and Roses – Read that review here.
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 don’t even have words to explain how much I enjoyed A Court of Mist and Fury. The story written well and the characters developed in shocking ways. I was kept on the edge of my seat throughout and once I picked it up I couldn’t put it down. In fact after I’d finished it I didn’t want to put it down either. I just wanted to keep reading on and on. So overall, I recommend you read this book right now.
The sequel was a lot less cliché driven. There was a lot of disillusionment as the world falls back into place after Amarantha’s cruel reign. Sarah J Maas did this perfectly in A Court of Mist and Fury. As the story began to unravel, the cracks begin to show. The story arc begins to take a complete shift and you’re left open mouthed. I enjoyed that aspect of it. It wrecked all of my previous thoughts or preconceptions about the world.
The story takes you into a darker place than the first and you are left wondering how that is even possible. It is believe me. I finished this book – with the biggest cliffhanger every by the way – and immediately wanted more. I was left looking at the book in complete disbelief. Everything I had been led to believe in the first book was shredded and I loved it!
Let’s talk about our resident High Fae. It was a very different perspective to see the world as it comes back into its normality. To see how characters react when there isn’t that complete panic or moments of stress around them. You begin to see their true colours, and sometimes they aren’t what you had in mind or what you expect.
In the first book Feyre came across as being superficially strong and even then that was for a bloke’s sake. A Court of Mist and Fury changes that outlook completely. She becomes her own character who is fighting within herself to come to terms with who and what she is. I enjoyed her character development in this installment. I thought it was done extremely well. It showed her as vulnerable but also with the strength to see through the darkness. I was totally won over.
He was everyone’s favourite in the first book. I could see why, he lives in eternal spring and let’s face it he was hot. However the crisis is over and everything is going back to normal, but Tamlin seems to be a completely different person. I love this concept, I loved the depth it gave him as a character and where it led the plot.
Lucien’s role in this book disappointed me. There was a definite lack of him in this book. The parts he was in, he was weak and pathetic. It was something that slightly irritated me. He was such a big part of the last one. It seemed odd to have so little of him in this one. Even when Tamlin was absent there were still reminders and thoughts. We definitely could have had some more Lucien in my opinion.
Well, isn’t the stereotypical sleech. Rhys comes into his own in this book, we learn a lot more about him as Feyre holds up her side of the bargain. We watch as he changes faces depending on what situation he finds himself in. He becomes central and his past and back story explains a lot. The detail that Maas goes into is extraordinary.
The Night Court
The newest members of the character roll. Cassian, Azriel, Mor and Amren. All of them have their own personalities, goals, likes and dislikes, but somehow they merge into one when they’re on the defence. It was one of the things that drew me to love them. They are truly like one big happy family and that’s something I really appreciated.
Would I recommend it?
Oh yeah definitely. If you thought the first one was a little weak or not your thing, try out the second one.
Have you read this series? What did you think of the darker turn this book took the series in – yay or nay?