A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas Review

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA, Childrens

Format: Hardcover

Publication Date: May 3, 2016

Overall: 5 out of 5 stars 

Source: Purchased

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 torn apart.

So I thought that A Court of Thorns and Roses(ACOTAR) destroyed me, I was wrong, so very very wrong. I also got to laugh because in my review of the first book I was so happy because there was no love triangle, and A Court of Mist and Fury totally turned on me. I will say though that it didn’t feel like a love triangle, mostly because Feyre wasn’t really ever torn between Tamlin and Rhys. I must have known subconsciously that Tamlin was a giant asshole because when I went back to read ACOTAR I remembered feeling like Tamlin was going to screw it up and was a horrible jerk. I was surprised when they were together at the end.

I wanted to murder Tamlin in this book, and then keep right on going to everyone in the Spring Court. I do not understand how they just sat back while Feyre suffocated. I will admit that while Rhys can be an asshole, at least he’s an asshole that cares. Tamlin just buried his head in the sand while screaming “I’m fine. Everything is fine. We’re all fine here.” Meanwhile Feyre gets thinner and thinner and more and more haunted and he doesn’t even bother to really focus on her. It really felt that while he loved her, she was a means to an end. Once she achieved their freedom she was just a prize to be on display. That was very unfair to Feyre, and I was so so glad when Rhys came to rescue her.

Speaking of Rhys. Be still my beating heart, because that man is solid gold. I know that he rules over a dark and terrible people, but he is good. Everything he does is for his people, and to keep them safe. I always suspected that there was more to him, and of course there are a few hints but this book just lays everything out there. Did I mention this is a long damn book? 626 pages to be exact. This review has a lot to cover.

Rhys gives Feyre the space to be herself, to heal from what she did Under the Mountain, and he never treated her like she was fragile, but he also knew when to stop pushing her. He gave her a family and people who cared about her. It may have started out that they wanted something from her, but they didn’t want anything that she wasn’t willing to give. She had to choose to give that up, they weren’t going to force her or guilt her and I loved Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren all the more for it. It showed that while they wanted her help, they wanted it freely given, and they wanted to include her in the little family they had.

The Night Court is my new favorite place, and I wish that Velaris was a place you could actually visit. Maas’s writing is stellar in this book. Absolutely incredible. Her characters are complete people, even minor side characters have their strengths and weaknesses. The side characters actually get a complex backstory, I was going to list a few characters and then I realized everyone from the Night Court gets a legitimate backstory. Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren, are all great characters, a little snarly but with their hearts in the right place. There were many times this series was giving me serious flashbacks to Anne Bishop’s Black Jewel’s Trilogy, and that is literally the highest praise I can give this book because I re-read that series often, and it is one of my favorites.

I wish I could give this book 6 stars because it is legitimately that much better than anything else I’ve read this year. I’m so so glad that I read this series. I can’t wait to re-read it. I know that this book is going to be sticking with me for a long long time.

5/5 – MUST READ, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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“I painted stars and the moon and clouds and just endless, dark sky.” I finished the sixth, and was well on my way sawing through the seventh before I said, “I never knew why. I rarely went outside at night—usually, I was so tired from hunting that I just wanted to sleep. But I wonder … ” I pulled out the seventh and final arrow. “I wonder if some part of me knew what was waiting for me. That I would never be a gentle grower of things, or someone who burned like fire—but that I would be quiet and enduring and as faceted as the night. That I would have beauty, for those who knew where to look, and if people didn’t bother to look, but to only fear it … Then I didn’t particularly care for them, anyway. I wonder if, even in my despair and hopelessness, I was never truly alone. I wonder if I was looking for this place—looking for you all.”
Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury