A Court of Mist and Fury ~ by Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury, 2016~ 626 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
My Rating: 5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Goodreads Description: 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.
After reading book one, I was not completely sold on Feyre as a character. I admit, I was unfairly comparing her to Aelin and her lack of a backbone was driving me crazy. But, wow! She completely transformed in this book! Like Aelin, Feyre hits rock bottom and has to battle back from a really dark place. I loved that she emerged with a stronger sense of self and purpose. She finds her true place in The Court of Dreams and finally starts realizing what a badass she is. She does all of this on her own terms. With the help of her new family and Rhys, but very much based on the dream she realizes for herself. This book was so action-packed, fast-paced, funny, steamy, and an epic adventure all around!
Here’s what I loved most:
- Again, yes, Rhysand! I love him even more now, which I didn’t think possible. He is such a lovely, dark, fallen prince. Just like the night, he has hidden beauty if you know where to look. My favorite Feyre/Rhys moment was when she was telling him about the time she unwittingly painted the night sky on her dresser.
- “I painted the stars and the moon and clouds and just endless, dark sky. I never knew why. I rarely went outside at night- usually, I was so tired from hunting that I just wanted to sleep. But I wonder…I wonder if some part of me knew what was waiting for me. That I would never be a gentle grower of things or someone who burned like fire- but that I would be quiet and enduring and as faceted as the night. That I would have beauty, for those who knew where to look, and if people didn’t bother to look, but to only fear it…Then I didn’t particularly care for them anyway. I wonder if, even in my despair and hopelessness, I was never truly alone. I wonder if I was looking for this place-looking for you all.”
- Rhys helps Feyre find her own purpose, her place in The Court of Dreams and helps her discover what she truly wants. Unlike Tamlin, who only wants to mold her into the person he wants and the future he envisions for her. Rhys sees her as his equal from the start and fights until she sees herself in the same light. “Not consort, not wife. Feyre is High Lady of the Night Court. My equal in every way; she would wear my crown, sit on a throne beside mine. Never sidelined, never designated to breeding and parties and child-rearing. My queen.”
- While I continue to hate Tamlin, I was happy that there was no love triangle between the three of them. I like that Feyre left Tamlin of her own free will and took time to heal herself.
- I loved the Persephone and Hades homage that came with the bargain Feyre made with Rhys in book one. The banter and filtration between the two and their mind reading constantly made me smile. I loved their friendship just as much as their romance.
- The wedding scene! Rhys’ entrance, the dress, Tamlin’s reaction! This scene was so perfect.
- The Court of Dreams- Feyre’s new “family” is perfect flawed, and broken in so many ways, but they also have such hope and love for each other that I found them really inspiring. I also liked that Feyre’s sisters came back into the plot. I’m so excited to see how they fit in with Feyre’s new chosen family and for the Lucien/Eline plot line.
- Velaris- I love that Maas always paints such beautiful locations. Velaris is such a gorgeous homage to city life filled with cafes, good food, shopping, music, art, and culture.
- The Ending – I was crying and honestly yelling at the book. It was pure torture! But I was so happy with the “Fox in the chicken coup” plot twist! So brilliant!
My advice with this series, as with Throne of Glass, is not to judge it on the first book. The second book was so epic!
As always, I would love to hear from you. Happy reading!
For more information of Sarah J. Maas and her books, check her out on Goodreads: Sarah J. Maas