Title: A Court of Mist And Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thornes And Roses
Date Published: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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.
If you read my review of the first book, you’ll know I had mixed reviews about the first installment of this series however this book was a masterpiece. I loved everything about it.
The book was a story about soul-wrenching sacrifice and happiness that was very hard-won, a book about life and love and every struggle in between. In didn’t shy away from showing us how deep the pain ran and how hard it is to crawl out of that dark hole of numbness. This book is about a girl slipping away into nothing but who finds herself given a new life to live for in the starlight, a life of dreams.
Feyre was broken by the events that transpired under the mountain and watching her wither away was heartbreaking. Even worse was seeing her be lessened by Tamlin, her spirit and essence being diminished by what he wanted. Tamlin was her keeper and owner, and Feyre let him do this to her for far too long. Tamlin was so blinded by what he wanted he couldn’t even see - or maybe he just didn’t care – that Feyre was dying before his very eyes. Tamlin was the opposite of every she needed so when Rhys came and saved her it was a magical moment even though Feyre hadn’t accepted it yet. Rhysand’s care and worry filled my heart with hope. He gave her what he knew she needed, be that food, space, or distraction. Watching their story unfold was beautiful in a way a can’t describe, it was so sorrowful and yet filled with joy as Rhys helped Feyre heal without her even noticing.
Tamlin made a series of unforgivable mistakes, but he wasn’t out of character, his need for control and protection where still the same attributes I associated with him in the first book by the became blinded by his need for control and it poisoned his mind to what was right. Undoubtedly, Amarantha had a deep scarring effect on him but that doesn’t excuse what he did. He lost himself but we get to see his true colors now, and he is weak.
Tamlin's actions nearly shattered Feyre, but by the end of the book, she has been given such a new wonderful life to live. Her heart ached for her, seeing her become the shell of her former self but by the end she found her spirit again, found who she was truly meant to be, and how, for the love of her friends and the Night Court she could be brave and strong again. Her journey was so beautiful and incredibly powerful to read.
Rhysand was everything. He gave Feyre everything, sharing parts of himself with her, gave her freedom and honesty and trust. He never pushed her or hid her from the world, he helped her heal, and in doing some healed himself. Rhys has a cunning mind, arrogance, and incredible power and yet he is gentle and has such a full heart. He doesn’t act as the ‘High lord’ around his people or his friends. He is selfless, kind, brave, and has so much inner turmoil he doesn’t think he’s worthy. But more than his stunning character, he wanted Feyre to get her spirit back and become strong and powerful so she would be able to fight for herself. It might have been beneficial for the cause, but he wanted it for her, he wanted to free her not to stifle her and was angered so deeply that she didn’t realize how diminished Tamlin had made her. She assumed she would have no place, except to be a ‘women’ and organize parties, and stay behind and breed. Rhys was the opposite of that and though it took time Feyre found her strength to remember that freedom was a basic right, not a gift. Feyre and Rhys became irrevocably linked and they developed such a strong, unshakable connection so I spent most of the book smiling at them, though I’m glad of the last two chapters to know they both understood each other.
Cassian, Azriel, Amren, and Mor was the perfect addition to the story, their family bond and friendship shined through every interaction and their easy comfort with each other was so tangible. They all have dark stories and, in some way, understood Feyre and never pushed her but would always be there for her. They were the family that accepted her for who she was and would fight for her even against Rhysand if she ever needed, such a change from the Spring court and how Lucien never chose her welfare over Tamlin’s orders. we learned added so much depth to Rhysand and showed how deep his love of his Court and his friends went.
Cassian, Azriel, Amren, and Mor were the perfect edition to the story, their family bond and friendship shined through every interaction and their easy comfort with each other was so tangible. They all have dark stories and, in some way, understood Feyre and never pushed her but would always be there for her. They were the family that accepted her for who she was and would fight for her even against Rhysand if she ever needed, such a change from the Spring court and how Lucien never chose her welfare over Tamlin’s orders.
What really shined through in this book was how vast the world is, and that ACOTAR showed is such a small slither of it, but the world was developed in this book, with so much history and depth connecting the whole world together making it seem vast and unending. The plot was largely focused on healing Feyre and her journey into the world with Rhys and his family, with the looming threat of King Hybern following the story. This was not unexpected as this was set up in book one, however, a lot of history, lore and mysteries were unveiled in ACOMAF, allowing us to better understand the world and its players. Some very key events happened in the attempts to stop Hybern and some heart-breaking moments in the end, which I can’t wait to see explored in the next book. Alliances were made and broken, plans were followed in the hopes of stopping an upcoming war, and lives were stolen. The whole story was enthralling, and every chapter held new treasures that I couldn’t wait to read.
I could probably write thousands of words about every aspect of the book, about how magical and powerful it was but I wouldn’t want to steal the surprises from you. I hope this has been enough to tell you that you should read this book immediately. Maas outdid herself with every aspect and followed so many threads laid out in the first installment. Every moment careful written, to come together as a whole. I never expected such a beautifully written, enthralling book, and I knew It would be a favorite and one to re-read often almost as soon as I started it.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did J I’d love to hear your thoughts when you’ve read it,or if you’ve already read it!
Rating: 5 Stars (I would give it more if I could!)