YA-review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the series and what a book it is. Nothing will be like you’re expecting it to be. Fair warning, if you haven’t read this series but you want to, don’t read this review. It will be impossible not give spoilers. Not because I can’t write a spoiler free review, but because the second instalment of the series takes a twist of epic proportions. So be forewarned.

The story
The story continues not long after Feyre and her crew escaped Amarantha clutches. Under the Mountain has been destroyed and everything should be hunky dory and happy happy with flowers and paintings, right? No, not so much. In short, Feyre suffers from a major case of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome and has nightmares. Tamlin is not much better of and has gone all caveman on Feyre, much to her and everyone else’s disappointment. She tricks herself into thinking she’s happy when she’s not. That’s when Rhysand enters the big picture. Remember that bargain Feyre made? He’s keeping her to it. But… and there is a great big epic BUT. This is where the story really starts. Along the way Feyre has a series of epiphanies about herself and who she is after the events of Under the Mountain and Amaratha’s torture, about her relationship with Tamlin and the Spring Court and what she means to Rhysand. There is also an epic threat looming and Feyre is at the heart of it.

The writing
The story is told third person from Feyre’s point of view. The author has a way with words and she keeps you on the edge of your seat with her writing. You find out a lot alongside Feyre, but at the same time the other characters in the story are not just flat story fillers. She creates this full, well balanced story with her writing.

The characters
A Court of Mist and Fury has a whole new set of characters alongside of the characters we saw in the first book. We now see more of Rhysand and the world he lives in and the Court of Dreams he’s created in Velaris, but also the Court of Nightmares. I quite liked Azriel, Cassasian, Morrigan and Amren and how Feyre interacts with them. There are more as we get to see Lucien too, though compared to the first book, he’s changed quite a bit along with Tamlin. It’s one of those major twist where you get to see a whole different side of a character. We saw hints of Tamlin’s masochistic, violent and domineering nature in the first book, but in Court of Mist and Fury it’s explosive.

I’ll be honest and say that at first I really didn’t like the turn of events with Tamlin, but once the shock is over, it makes more sense, but you have to let it sink in and think back to his behaviour. In that regard, I liked how the authors makes you think.

The plot
The events in the first book set quite a few things in motion and that continues in the second book. Actually, a lot happens in this book and it’s not a short story. There is a full out adventure going on and a great big bad evil looming that needs to be dealt with, because it’s definitely worse than Amarantha, hard as that is to believe.

The plot is linear in its events and there is a set-up for the third story.

I thought the plot was well crafted. In part it focuses on Feyre and how she grows and her relationships with Tamlin and Rhysand (don’t worry there is no love triangle going on there. It’s not what your expect). The other part focuses on the threat that Hybern presents and what needs to be done to stop it

My opinion
I loved this second instalment once I got over the shock. It’s a well crafted fantasy world with complex characters, but it’s never boring. I still don’t like Feyre much, but she does grow on you, definitely in the second part of this book. To be fair, she has a lot on her plate. Rhysand also grows on you. There is a lot more to him than meets the eye at first.

Once I started reading A Court of Mist and Fury, I couldn’t stop. It’s an epic fantasy with a romance twist and the story definitely heats up. It’s highly recommended.

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Sarah J. Maas
Young Adult, Fantasy, Adventure, Romance
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
May 3, 2016
626
My personal library

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

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