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A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J MAAS
PUBLISHED: 03 MAY 2016 BY BLOOMSBURY USA
GENRE: YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY
SERIES: A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES #2
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.
(I must quickly point out that this is a series that is more suited towards older audiences, for there are some pretty explicit sexual scenes in this novel).
A Court and Mist and Fury is an incredible step up from A Court of Thorns and Roses. While I adored ACOTAR and its twist on the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, I have to say, I have been blown away by A Court of Mist and Fury. It was said to be based off the story of Hades and Persephone and I believe Sarah J Maas used that story as a base to weave a compelling story here in the second book of the series.
What I knew and already loved when I initially dove into the book was that the story was going to have a larger focus on Rhysand and Feyre, rather than Feyre and Tamlin. This I loved, because unlike most people who read A Court of Thorns and Roses, I was enthralled with Rhysand and I knew, I just knew that he was more than what he seemed. I knew I would come to love him as a character, and damn, this book proved that to be true.
Probably one of the biggest highlights of this book for me, is Rhysand’s development as a character. How Sarah J Maas revealed bits and pieces about him as the story went along, through the relationship between himself and Feyre. Even though I had a soft spot for him at the beginning, I still felt a sense of distrust towards him purely because of his character in the first book. But the more you read, the more the layers of Rhysand are peeled back to reveal the raw essence of him. To all my fellow bookworms who disliked Rhysand, I say to you: I knew it!
I’m no expert with the Hades and Persephone story, but I feel like Sarah J Maas used it well to structure the story, while still keeping a hold on her original plan and development of the story. The world, oh the world she has imagined for this series is vast and in ACOMAF you can tell that she has constructed it all carefully in her mind and that she can see it in her mind. Her description of the Night Court had me as mesmerised as Feyre when she first took a glimpse at it.
There was never a moment that felt dull while reading this book. Even within the slower parts of the story, you’re never left feeling like there is nothing going on because Sarah J Maas keeps revealing little titbits, clues and hints that leave you wondering what is going to happen next. There were plenty of new characters that Maas brought into the scene who I love. Rhysand’s inner circle who are all dynamic and have mysteries of their own hidden within their personalities. I hope that in the next book, more about each of them is revealed.
A Court of Mist and Fury was all about Feyre coming to terms with who she is. It saw her struggling to deal with power dynamics within her relationship. We see her develop immensely from the first book. Where she blindly went in and sacrificed all she had for love in the first book, here in ACOMAF, she realises that she deserves more than being controlled and kept in a box. I loved how Rhysand helped her learn this, helped her learn her true worth and her true capability and potential.
A Court of Mist and Fury left me more in love with Sarah J Maas’ Fae world. It left me breathless as I came towards the end and felt as though I was tumbling down, one hundred kilometres per hour in a rollercoaster that was just slowly creeping up for the most part. By that cryptic poetic description (or rather, my attempt at a poetic description), I mean, she created a build up that makes you feel so confident and sure in the characters and then bang. Before you realise it, you’re flying on the ‘down’ end of the roller coaster.
If you loved A Court of Thorns and Roses, you will love A Court of Mist and Fury even more so.
If you didn’t really enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses, you will enjoy a Court of Mist and Fury.
Have you read A Court of Mist ad Fury? If so, did you enjoy it? What was your favourite part?