A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Published by: Bloomsbury
Format: 624 pages, Hardcover
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
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Synopsis: 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.
Where do I even begin? I haven’t written a review in a while so forgive the mess! Oh my goodness! Can I love Sarah J. Maas even more than before? The answer is yes! I know, I know. Then why the four stars? I promise I’ll explain. Just because I knocked off a start doesn’t mean I loved the book any less. It’s one of my favorites this year (also to be fair, I haven’t read that many books this year). Either way, it stood out from other books that I have read and I definitely enjoyed it way more than I did the first book. I hate to start with the negative for me but I’ll get it out of the way. The writing was great, in my opinion. I’ve never had a problem with her writing. SJM’s world building is fantastic and flawless. I love how she interweaves all the stories together, all the while talking about the other courts. Oh talking about courts! I fell in love with the Night Court. I thought Spring Court was beautiful but Night Court was just indescribable! The only problem I had with the writing (worth one whole star) was the graphic love scenes. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with having them in the book but all the detail and the way it was written was totally unnecessary. It read like a fanfic, basically. I finished reading one and then turn the page for another one, and I just wanted the plot to continue already. I understand that it was important for that specific relationship but again, it could have been done more tastefully.
The plot was one of my favorite things about this book! I loved how it flowed and how it kept surprising me. I couldn’t get enough of it! Along with that, the characters. Oh my gosh! I read reviews before writing mine and I saw so many people had problems with Tamlin in this book. I did, too, for different reasons. Many feel like his behavior in this book was very extreme and out of character. I completely disagree. He really pissed me off in this book with his paranoia, obsession, and over protectiveness. Many of his actions in the first book were indicative of this progression but since we we’re reading it through Feyre’s POV, I feel like we overlooked it like she did. As for Rhysand, I wasn’t surprised with who he really was once we got to know him and the Night Court. I actually guessed it while reading ACOTAR and I absolutely love it and him! We also got to meet a whole load of new characters and I loved them, especially Rhys’s Court: Mor, Amren, Cassian, and Azriel. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in this book but then again, I am biased.
Now to the fun, spoiler part! If you haven’t read ACOMAF, I suggest that you stop reading 😀
I need to fangirl so much! I don’t know where to start! Okay, I do know where to start. Ships! When I finished ACOTAR, I was totally Feyre and Tamlin because that’s what we were given. We had the flirtatious banter with Feyre and Rhysand but it never really progressed anywhere because Feyre was totally Tamlin-focused.
However, ACOMAF totally changed that! Tamlin goes crazy guys. I mean that gif on the left was me the entire time! He was crazy! I was screaming spousal/domestic abuse right when the book started. He kept her down and forced her into this 1950s role of what a wife should be and even locked her in the mansion! How could he do that?! After all the imprisonment she went through! Don’t get me started! I don’t know what his issue was but he didn’t even take care of Feyre anymore, just had sex with her. Enter Rhysand!!!!
Rhysand is perfect! He was exactly what I thought he was by the end of ACOTAR. He’s got the heart of pure gold. He’s crafty, genius, sexy, hilarious, caring, and everything else. He saved Feyre, saved her from Tamlin, from herself, from her nightmares. He fed her, took care of her, gave her the option to choose, didn’t hold her back. It was wonderful. Yay for feminist Rhys! His relationship with his court was even better. You can tell how great of a leader he is because of his court and his people! He endured being Amarantha’s sex slave so that his city of Velaris could be kept at peace and his people safe! Guys! Guys! Guys! I was right!!! Remember Rhys disappearing real quick at the end of ACOTAR? It was because they mated! Officially mated! I screamed so hard when the Suriel told Feyre this! I was dying of happiness. They both deserved happiness and they fit each other’s personality very well. Tamlin or any other person wouldn’t have the experience to handle what Feyre is going through. Rhys went through torment and sacrifice as much as Feyre so it made sense. But oh my gosh guys! I love it. I’m so glad that my ship sailed but I honestly didn’t need all that sex haha. She could’ve just implied and left it to the imagination and I would’ve been fine with it. But anyway, I love them and in the end when Rhys just casually lets everyone know that he made her High Lady of the Night Court! AHHHHHH!!!! *Dead* When I read that, I just remembered Tamlin saying that there’s no such thing as a high lady. In your face! Prick!
As for the plot, oh my gosh guys! When Tamlin and Lucien walk out and you find out he was working with Hybern just to get Feyre back, I just flipped. I can’t believe he did that, that he basically led all the faeries and humans to their death because he believed that Feyre belonged to him. I wanted to murder him. And Jurian is back and I can’t even right now. That entire scene had me on edge! I thought that Azriel was going to die and then Cassian’s wings and Mor’s reaction and Amren’s insistence that Rhys get Feyre from Tamlin. I’m not even forming correct sentences. I love the Night Court squad so much! If any of them die, I swear it’s the end of SJM and me (probably not but I will lose it haha). The ending wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger but for now my babies are safe and alive but Rhys and Feyre aren’t together and that’s not okay. It’s also not okay that I have to wait an entire before the next books.