Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Page Count: 626
Release Date: May 3, 2016
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 was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
Can we take a moment to bask in the splendor of this writing gem? I’ve never fallen so completely in love with a book until now!
The first few chapters reveal just how traumatized Feyre has become since her time Under the Mountain. It was clear that she was slowly dying in the Spring Court, but luckily we get a change of scenery as Feyre journeys to new courts. The imagery of the Night Court and Velaris has me wanting a one-way ticket to the City of Starlight!
Throughout the book Feyre undergoes INCREDIBLE character growth. She is apprehensive at first of Rhysand and his Inner Circle comprised of friends in the form of two Illyrian winged warriors and two females who are the second and third in command after Rhysand. Slowly Feyre begins to trust them and in the end she gains not only strength for herself, but she stands up for others who need her help.
Here is a list of all-around awesome that was in this book:
● Velaris, the Court of Dreams, City of Starlight and home of my heart
● Gaining a better understanding of Rhysand and his actions
● No love triangles (Thank goodness!)
● Feyre and Rhysand starting off as friends and slowly developing a healthy relationship
● Those cute and funny magical notes Feyre and Rhysand sent each other
● Starfall. Enough said.
● CASSIAN, MOR AND THE WHOLE INNER CIRCLE
● Feyre’s sisters and how their roles expanded
● The ending. Oh. My. Stars.
Also I know some readers have concerns about some of the more ‘steamy’ scenes, but honestly it wasn’t that bad. Teens should be aware of what constitutes as a consensual and healthy relationship between two people. We need readers to understand that they should strive for loving connections that Rhysand and Feyre share instead of the ones that are similar to how Tamlin treated Feyre or how Amarantha sexually abused Rhysand.
Of course with the romance we also get a fair dose of combat training and action scenes. One of my favorite scenes involves Cassian training Feyre leading her to finally come to terms with what she did Under the Mountain. We see Feyre open up and break down before she rises to overcome her fears. These types of scenes struck a chord in my heart whether they came from Feyre, Rhysand or little hints into the past of other characters.
It’s easy to say I am eager for the next book in this series!