Friday, June 10, 2016

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury

 Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre:  New Adult | Fantasy | Romance | Adventure
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: May 3, 2016
Source: Purchased (B&N)
Format: Hardcover

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 (goodreads).

Never have I started rereading a book as soon as I had finished it. 
Plot: If I'm being completely honest, I wrote off the romance off in A Court of Thorns and Roses as "standard" in terms of fantasy romance. It was there and it was everything I expected. I was annoyed at the appearance of Rhysand and his interactions with Feyre. I saw it as Maas introducing a new love triangle to pit two guys against each other for the sake of more drama and more tension. 

Boy, was I wrong. A Court of Mist and Fury was nothing short of amazing and it has ruined me for all other books. A Court of Thorns and Roses felt like a self-contained novel so I couldn't imagine any more danger that would come to Feyre and her people. I loved A Court of Mist of Fury because it had the air of a fantasy and adventure and the threat affected each of our characters on different levels. 

Characters: Feyre first and first most must be addressed as an outstanding character. From A Court of Thorns and Roses, we assumed that Feyre and Tamlin got the happily ever after they deserved and that the worst was behind them. Maas turns her series on its head by acknowledges the trauma that Feyre experienced while Under the Mountain and how she was trying to heal from it. From the beginning of A Court of Mist and Fury, it was obvious that she was no longer the strong and fiery girl who sacrificed everything for the Fae people. Besides being an epic romance (which I will touch on later), A Court of Mist and Fury is a beautiful journey of Feyre finding herself and healing from the death and destruction she endured Under the Moutain. Feyre was real, she was raw, and she was emotional. If anything, everyone should read this book to experience Feyre's powerful spirit. 

Now the romance. I love my books heavy with romance and tortured princes, and A Court of Mist and Fury delivered like no other book has delivered before. If you were a hardcore Tamlin fan from A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist and Fury will be hard for you to accept. A Court of Mist and Fury explores Feyre and Tamlin as they push and pull against each other, and Feyre discovering that her needs may have changed. 

Rhys, who I assumed would just serve as an unnecessary distraction, became a character I just couldn't get enough of. A fully realized character, Rhys is just as tortured as Feyre with a heart of gold and morals that you wouldn't expect given his introduction in A Court of Thorns and Roses

As well as being extremely sexy together, Rhys and Feyre fit together like two puzzle pieces. I loved how smart Maas wrote their relationship and the parallels between Feyre's relationship with Tamlin to her relationship with Rhys.  

As if Feyre and Rhys couldn't steal the show themselves, Rhys' friends were phenomenal secondary characters who had stories to tell just as desperately as Rhys. 

Worldbuilding: In A Court of Thorns and Roses, we didn't get to explore much of the Fae world: we were restricted to Tamlin's Manor and Under the Mountain. Maas let her creativity fly in A Court of Mist and Fury by exploring almost all of the Fae courts and capturing their essences perfectly. 

Short N Sweet: A Court of Mist and Fury will wreck you in the best way. Now excuse me while I go reread my favorite scenes. 


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