Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
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.
– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com
This review may contain spoilers for previous book(s) in the series.
My Thoughts On…
I was late jumping on the Sarah J. Mass fan bandwagon but now I’ve discovered them they’ve become my favourites. I really enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses so I was really excited to read A Court of Mist and Fury when it was released. I did love this book; I thought it was a lot better than the first one, the characters grew and so did their relationships and the actions they took throughout the book. That’s not to say there were things about this book I didn’t enjoy as much, like any books there were parts I didn’t enjoy, but overall I loved this addition to the series and I cannot wait for the third book.
After surviving what happened Under the Mountain Feyre is broken. She cannot sleep through the night for the nightmares and she feels trapped by both her situation and by Tamlin. She spends her days aimlessly wandering around Tamlin’s home, getting ready for their wedding, and struggling to pretend she still whole. Feyre hasn’t heard anything from Rhysand since Under the Mountain, he seems to have forgotten their bargain and Feyre is fine with that as she tries to move on with her life.
However when things get too much, when she feels too broken and too trapped, Rhysand is the one who comes for her and calls in the bargain she made with him. Feyre is struggling to adjust to her immortality and what she did but Rhysand helps her through it a little. He wants her to understand the powers she was given by the High Lords and use them to help defend her people from the threat Rhysand believes is coming.
Back in the Spring Court after the week is over Tamlin continues to clip Feyre’s wings. He keeps her under a heavy guard and refuses to let her leave the grounds for fear of what could happen to her. When he traps Feyre in the house, causing her to lose her mind it is Rhysand who saves her and whisks her away to the Night Court. There Feyre sees a different side to Prythian, and a different side to Rhys as well. He is determined to let her recover and grow on her own but he can’t hide that he wants her help to keep Prythian safe from the threat he feels is coming.
Feyre needs to heal herself before she can help him. She needs to learn how to control the powers she has been given but she doesn’t have long because the King of Hybern, Amarantha’s master, is planning something, and Feyre is left with the knowledge that it isn’t just the Fae who are in danger, but also her human family on the other side of the wall.
Feyre is really suffering from everything she had to do as part of her challenges Under the Mountain. She has PTSD and I thought it was really interesting seeing that side of her. I feel a lot of times when things happen in YA novels the after effects they leave on the characters are skipped over; they weren’t in this book. Feyre has become a shadow of herself at first. She is trapped by Tamlin but willing to follow his commands because she believes he loves her and only wants what’s best for her.
However in spite of her suffering Feyre is still a really strong character though it is only when she is at the Night Court with Rhys that she starts to heal a little. She isn’t someone who needs anyone to protect her, she is a strong character who refuses to bow down or be less than anyone else. In A Court of Thorns and Roses Feyre was lost in Prythian and has to rely on Tamlin to guide her through the new world, in A Court of Mist and Fury she becomes someone else, a wolf, a protector who is willing to go to any lengths to protect the people she loves.
Rhysand is a character who came leaps and bounds in my estimation in this book. I was unsure of him in A Court of Thorns and Roses, mainly because of his actions towards Feyre which I thought were problematic to say the least. However in A Court of Mist and Fury we see a lot more of him and a completely different side to his character. With Amarantha no longer pulling his strings he is determined to ensure that no one like her can ever threaten his people again.
He sees Feyre as someone who can help him achieve that goal. He sees her power and wants her to master it, he sees so much more to her than she sees in herself and he worries about her when it seems like no one else notices what she is doing to herself suffering in the Spring Court.
I loved meeting the different members of Rhys’ inner circle; Morrigan, Amren, Cassian and Azriel. They do not have the same relationship with Rhys that Tamlin and Lucien have, that of a high lord and his subject, but that of close friends who are willing to do anything for each other. They have a very entwined history and it shows in their every interaction. They all clearly share Rhys fears and beliefs for his court and will go to any lengths to help protect their people
*Possible spoilers for A Court of Mist and Fury below*
So this book did have a love triangle, however in spite of love triangles being one of my most hated tropes in YA fiction Sarah J. Maas is an author who writes them really well. I didn’t see this as so much of a love triangle as it is the characters growing apart as the change and grow up. After everything Feyre and Tamlin went through they have changed too much to fit together like they once did. Tamlin traps Feyre in his home ignorant of her feelings and her fears and it is Rhys who saves her, Rhys who helps her learn to read and learn to control the powers she has, and Rhys who stands back and allows her to reach her full potential. I was rooting for Tamlin in the first book but now I am rooting for Rhys.
*End of spoilers*
The first book showed us both the Spring Court and Under the Mountain, revealing the best and worst of Prythian. In this book we see the beautiful side of the Fae realm; The Night Court, Velaris, the Court of Stars all breathtaking settings full of beauty, wonder, art and magic. We even got a small glimpse of the Summer Court, and the politics between both High Lords. There were things touched on in the first book; the war between the Fae and the humans, Amarantha and her master the King of Hybern, which were expanded on in this book and I could see the overall story arc fall into place.
If there’s one thing I cannot ever fault in Sarah J. Maas’s books and it’s the world building. It’s so intricate, well thought out and well developed. It’s probably one of my favourite aspects of her books because I can fall into the worlds she creates and fully immerse myself in her stories.
After the ending to A Court of Mist and Fury I am so excited to see where Sarah J. Maas takes this series next. The cliffhanger was intense and after everything that happened and everything that was revealed in the last couple of chapters I was on the edge of my seat, and I am desperate for the next book though I’ve got a long wait ahead of me.
What did you think of A Court of Mist and Fury? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.