May 19, 2016 by Betty
I finally finished A Court of Mist and Fury and can I just say, YAAAASSSSSS!!!!
I am warning you from this moment that there are going to be spoilers. I contemplated being very vague and secretive and just not speaking about certain parts and developments, but then where would I talk about them? So, YES THERE WILL BE MAJOR SPOILERS AND MUCH IN DEPTH SPEAKING ON THE INNER WORKINGS OF THIS BOOK!!!! Feel free to just not read this if you do not want to spoil the book. You can come back to it after you read it or read if you don’t care about spoilers. (I have felt that way with some books, but I HIGHLY recommend you read A Court of Mist and Fury without prior knowledge about what happens. Just my opinion.)
Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Synopsis from Author’s Website:
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.
TBH, in ACOTAR, the book and some of the characters, Feyre particularly, just didn’t do it for me. It was an amazing idea and plot, the world itself, the hierarchy and magic of the fae, everything had such potential, but I felt that it was all rushed and it just fell a little flat for me. However, I had hopes for the second book and it truly was SOOO much better than the first.
Can we fangirl over the fact that Tamlin is a thing of the past (not that he’s dead or completely out of the picture) and Feyre and Rhysand are MATES!
I promise I’m not saying this because of how A Court of Mist and Fury played out, but since, ACOTAR, I never felt that… rightness to Tamlin and Feyre’s relationship. Her reasons for coming to “love” him were shallow and not reason enough.Simply because she was well feed, clothed and protected didn’t cut it for me.
True, the way ACOTAR played out had me believing that Tamlin and Feyre were end game and destined to be together, but I always felt that desire for Rhysand to be it for Feyre. He did so much for her despite his blasé attitude and the repercussions for him. Sarah J Maas gave us small insights and glimpses of what Rhys was really like. Take for example when he went to Feyre’s cell that one time and was so…sick and exhausted of Amarantha and her cruelty that he needed to escape for a little while. He showed a side of him that no one Under The Mountain knew about. A part that did not enjoy Amarantha’s sick ruling. He wanted her to be dead. Also, when he helped her through the bond/ agreement they made with one of the three trials.
But, sticking to ACOMAF, the first chapters had me hating Tamlin. He was cruel and indifferent to what Feyre literally needed. She was going insane and dying and wasting away and he pretended she was fine and turned a blind eye to the reality of what was happening to her. He treated her like a small ignorant child that did not know what was best for her and almost broke her irreparably.
Rhysand is such a lovable character in this book. He gives Feyre the freedom to chose what she wants to do, patience and space that she needs. Be warned that reader discretion is advised because Sarah did not hold back while writing some pretty mature content. A.K.A. some explicit and steamy scenes in this novel. Despite that, the focus is not only on how Feyre and Rhysand’s relationship blooms as they and Prythia itself heals from the havoc and atrocities that were wrought on them. They are planning and plotting against stakes that are much higher and a threat that is much bigger. They prepare for war with the King of Hybern himself.
There are many unexpected twists in the story that will keep you enthralled to the very last sentence of the book. Everything was so well written that I was able to empathize with the characters. Reading along as they had to make impossible and heartbreaking decision after impossible and heartbreaking decision absorbed me entirely. The ending has me despairing and hopeful all at once. I can say that things are very complicated and things that I wish could be avoided will have to occur. Trusts and friendships have been broken and betrayals are revealed that will change the entire course of the story.
Tell me if you guys have read the book or plan to. I would love to compare notes with you!