A Court of Mist and Fury Review and The Year-long Book Hangover
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Genre: Fantasy, YA/NA
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
Rating: 4.5 stars!
Since we kicked this blog off with ACOTAR, I figured it would only make sense if we reviewed the rest of the book in the series.
Thus the dilemma.
Because how do review A Court of Mist and Fury without dissolving into a puddle of tears and feels? How do we describe the utter amazingness that is Rhysand and Feyre’s slow-burn romance? How can we adequately express the awesomeness of the Night Court?
Full disclosure: this book gave me a year-long hangover. I’m not entirely sure if I’ve really gotten over it. It’s just one of those books that hit you in all the right places.
What I love about it can be summarized in two words: character growth. When we first met Feyre in ACOTAR, she was this half-starved, scared little thing. Sure, she was a survivor and a certified BAMF, but there were many times in the book where she felt overwhelmed by the powers around her. In ACOMAF, however, we get to see how she grows from that naive girl into a woman who knows her worth.
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
Way to go, Feyre!
And then we have Rhys.
Rhys, formidable High Lord of the Night Court turns out to be a cinnamon roll. I had a feeling Rhys was gonna play a part in the coming books but not this big. Not eternal mates big. Her relationship with Tamlin had been sweet and fluffy— but that was it. There was no substance behind it. Rhys, on the other hand, teaches Feyre how to read, trains her and gives her the freedom to choose and has been saving her neck since day one. It’s just. Rhys is the perfect book boyfriend. You have to read the book to find out just how awesome Rhys is.
ACOMAF is entirely different from its predecessor. If SJM succeeded in building a lot of fluff in book one, I’m so glad that she destroyed it here. Like, crushed all your previous assumptions. I thought it was wonderfully paced and I love how it was full of events that eventually led to some badass character growth. And of course, SJM can write really good action scenes like nobody’s business. Feyre kicking some Attor ass? You gotta read it for yourself.