Finally, I get to talk about my favourite read from the month of May! A Court of Mist and Fury is the best book I’ve read in close to two years, and I’m so happy I finally started this series. As always, note that there will be spoilers below. Go read the books and then come back!
A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. It follows the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses.
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.
Continuing from A Court of Thorns and Roses, we find Feyre struggling to come to terms with what she endured Under the Mountain. She also is contemplating her bargain with Rhysand, and how that will impact her now that she assumes they’re friends and understand one another. She’s also readjusting to life at the Spring Court with Tamlin, who is overprotective and overbearing; having to plan their wedding, with Ianthe whom she dislikes; and dealing with her own emotions while feeling trapped and confined.
I love that Rhysand saves Feyre from her wedding. I was cackling when he popped into the picture. There’s a reason he’s my favourite character in the series so far. I loved that he could hear her mental plea, that their bargain was working like a psychic-telephone. I also love that Rhysand starts teaching her how to read. The fact that he recognizes that she’s intelligent and worthy of an education, and freedom (TAMLIN), is beautiful.
On that note, while there were several poignant moments in this novel, nothing made me happier than the Night Court coming to Feyre’s aid when Tamlin locked her in the mansion at the Spring Court. I knew he was seedy, and that he rubbed me the wrong way, but I never thought he’d be that horrible. When he exploded the room, I knew he was abusive but to basically take her hostage? He’s a scumbag. I hope he dies in A Court of Wings and Ruin. Rhys gave her the option to stay, to go, to be with him and the Court of Dreams, or to stay in isolation. He offered to take her back, if she wanted to go back. THAT is a mature, humble, understand and beautiful individual. We should all strive to be like Rhys.
I loved all of the new characters that were introduced. Morrigan, Amren, Cassian and Azriel are amazing and I’m so happy that we get to experience them. The way that they all just welcome Feyre with open arms made me cry. Learning Azriel and Cassian’s stories had me ruined, and then what happened to Morrigan with her parents… it was too much.
Additionally, the way that Maas talks about the PTSD experienced by Feyre and Rhys, and how they interact with each other as a result is brilliant. And the friendship, and sexual tension, they build up because of it is perfection. When Feyre ensnares the Suriel (a.k.a. Gossip Girl) and finds out that Rhys is her mate, I exploded. And his explaination for keeping it from her was genuinely the sweetest thing. That he would give her up in order to preserve her happiness, to sacrifice for her as he had for his city and his friends… I was in tatters. To love someone so much that you would sacrifice your own happiness takes emotional maturity and vulnerability that is very rarely portrayed in Young Adult novels.
Overall, this book destroyed me. I had highs and lows; it had me crying and hysterically laughing; angry, happy or feeling like I needed a cold shower. This book totally deserve’s my favourite book spot and I’m so happy that I began reading this series. I cannot wait to start reading A Court of Wings and Ruin. The review for ACOWAR will probably be up sometime shortly after when this is posted. Everyone needs to go read these books. Everybody.
Rating: 10/5 —> So good that it broke both me, and the scale.