Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: High Fantasy
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
TRIGGER WARNING: Domestic Violence and dealings with PTSD and depression. Also, talk of sexual assault.
“To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
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. – Excerpt from Goodreads
The following review will have major spoilers – if you haven’t read the book yet, I would suggest not reading any further.
I am a completely and utter emotional wreck and I’m sending you my therapy bill, Maas!!!
A Court of Mist and Fury took me on an emotional roller coaster ride to say the very least. I am officially on the hype-train for Maas and I’m not getting off anytime soon. All of these characters are just so well-written. I laughed, screamed and cried with them all. Maas might not be offering a lot in terms of inventiveness to the fantasy genre but the woman can write one hell of a romance and interesting/refreshing characters. I could’ve read another 600 pages and would’ve been content, even if it was filler. I just wanted to be in this world as long as possible.
It won’t be shocking to hear that I’m complete trash for Rhys. I really liked him in the first book because I was drawn to his charisma and mystery factor. In this one, Rhys still has that going for him but you seen how fiercely he loves the people he cares for and it’s just so endearing. His relationship with Feyre is probably one of the best relationships I’ve had the pleasure to read about. I adored the banter between them and watching them slowly fall in love. The scene where they danced all night at the Starfall had all the makings of something really terribly cheesy. Somehow, Maas managed to pull off that scene as being one of the sweetest and swoon-worthy scenes in the book. I was smiling the entire time. Also, when Feyre and Rhys had that very risque scene at The Court of Nightmares – it was the most fun thing I’ve read in a long time. The chemistry between these two is as hot as it gets.
We were also introduced to Rhys’s crew and some of the greatest side characters. Cass, Az, Armen and Mor – I loved each and every one of them for different and wonderful reasons. They all brought something completely different to the table. We haven’t learned too much about Az and Armen yet but I was still very intrigued by them and want to know more – NOW!
I have to say that I almost fell over in happiness when the Suriel told Feyre that Rhys was her mate. For some reason I hadn’t given the idea much thought so I didn’t see it coming at all. I read that scene several times in a row, because I was so excited. I realized then that I had basically reverted to my 12 year old fangirl self and wanted to have posters all of my wall of this book haha
Of course, I have to talk about the infamous chapters 54 and 55 because what would a review be without them? I know most people loved 55 because it gets very steamy and I loved the chapter as well but for me chapter 54 has to be my favorite. When he tells her the entire story and when he tells her the moment he truly realized they were mates and everything just clicked into place, I just sat there in awe of it all. I had been frustrated at Rhys in the first book for certain actions and each and every one of them were all addressed. Rhys good reasons for them, without having to put plotholes in to make them work. I want to go back and read the first one just to see the various reactions/actions now because I think it would be an entirely different book with that knowledge. Of course, 55 was amazing as well and yes the rumors are true – the sexual content in this book is quite graphic. It verges on smutty. That isn’t a bad thing in my book – I loved their love scenes but I know it’s been a problem for some. This is a New Adult book but like many it’s been placed in the YA section, so just a heads-up about the material.
Everyone warned me that I would need a few tissues to get through this book. I was nearing the last chapters and I had no idea what people were going on about – then I hit the last few chapters. First, Cass has his wings shredded – hadn’t lost it yet but am starting to become upset. Then that fateful sentence that Feyre says to the king – “break the bond.” I seriously fell to pieces. I was full out, ugly crying hysteria. I was ready to toss the book out the window and possibly myself with it! Later, when I found out that the bond was not broken there was some relief but when Rhys said she was The High Lady of the Night Court – again I was a mess. I cried from happiness and sadness all at once. See, why I need therapy now?
I’ve been putting off this part because I honestly really hate to even say Tamlin’s name. I hate this guy as much as I hate Umbridge I think – yep, I went there! I mean you might think I’d hate the King or Durian more but I don’t – they owe Feyre nothing and they are just fun villains. We all knew these characters were likely going to be pretty ruthless. However, I feel the betrayal with Tamlin – I once liked this character, I knew he was flawed but I liked him. I even liked him and Feyre together for a bit. I don’t feel sorry for this character and I don’t understand how anyone could still be #teamTamlin at this point. It’s mind blowing to me. I’m actually dreading reading more about him in the next book because he’s not a fun villain – he’s one that makes you want to throw things at walls, often.
Oh, and Lucien’s mate being Elaine! Interesting.
Bottom line is that this book must be read. It’s so much better than the first book I can’t even compare the two in terms of how much I love this book. Five stars all day long. Easiest rating I’ve ever had to give!