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.
Be warned, mighty SPOILERS ahead (this book is too good not to be discussed completely).
Here I am, sitting at my desk five minutes after finishing A Court of Mist and Fury, overflowing with thoughts about A Court of Mist and Fury, listening to Sarah´s Spotify playlist for A Court of Mist and Fury and writing about A Court of Mist and Fury. And the first thing I have to say is:
Sarah J. Maas is a mastermind.
Seriously, though, her books never, ever fail to inspire me into writing, drawing, dreaming up new plot theories… You don´t just read a Maas book, oh no, you fall in headfirst and never come back. I´ll be in school, thinking about her characters, and I´ll be in the car, thinking about her plot devices, and I´ll be walking home, thinking about that. Freaking. Plot. Twist.
One thing that Sarah excels at is seamlessly changing the dynamics between characters. In both her series (Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses), she managed to change the love interest in such a way that it felt natural and that it could not have been any other way. And she does it all without making the reader feel bitter or resentful towards the change. It´s not an easy feat to change things so smoothly and at the same time keep everything intricate and mysterious.
In A Court of Mist and Fury, you can perfectly see Sarah´s magic in action. Feyre´s feelings for Tamlin are not quite the same at the end of the previous book, due to all that happened Under the Mountain, and as much as some readers didn´t want to let go of how things were, it was inevitable that our feelings changed alongside Feyre´s.
To be completely honest, I had some trouble liking Feyre at first, but as she figured out her beliefs and finally started growing confident about where and with who she wanted to be, I kind of just found myself feeling really proud of her (thank God this is a book community, any other person would think me mad for talking of fictional characters as if they were real).
Feyre grew so much in this book. She became such an incredible person (Fae?) and I´m so excited about where she´s going to go now with her newfound strength of character (and body). She starts having a bit of a hard time with the pronouns (“You…I mean, we…”) and at first really resents her new body. But she adapted, and she grew strong and mighty and ahhhhh I love her. She starts using Fae words in her vocabulary, talking about males and females and mates and she stopped thinking of her new powers as theirs and started thinking of them as hers. Also, I really liked how throughout the book, ever so slowly, her love for colors and painting started coming back, even after all the trauma. She recovered, thanks to her inner strength and the amazing Fae she surrounded herself with. And a side note: it shouldn´t be Feyre Cursebreaker, but Feyre Busybody Who Can´t Keep her Nose Out of Other People´s Business (Cassian agrees with me). Really, though, Feyre has way too many titles…Cursebreaker, human, Fae, her actual last name, High Lady of the Night Court…
Now, I´d like to start this part of the review by saying: Tamlin, you´re a butt. Okay, now that that is out there, I´d like to start talking about my favorite male Fae, Rhysand The High Lord of the Night Court. It´s understandable that we all thought he was evillll in the first book, but we get to see a completely different side of him in this part of the story. Slowly, we understand why he did things, with what purpose, and all the sacrifices he had to make to keep his family and city safe. We also get to see him being completely informal with other Fae and his Inner Circle, and I arrived to the conclusion that the most powerful High Lord in all of Prythian´s history is just a big teddy bear. With talons. And black leather pants.
His relationship with Feyre felt so much more natural than hers with Tamlin, less rushed and definitely more real. One thing that bothered me in the first book was how forced Tamlin´s affection for Feyre had been at first, like he was trying too hard to like her…at the end of the book, we learn why he was trying so hard, but at the same time, it just makes Rhys´ relationship with Feyre feel so loving and honest. Also, MATES. They are MATES. Rhysand, the High Lord, and Feyre, the unique Fae, are MATES. I don´t know if you understand how happy that makes me. MATES. But, at the same time, the idea that Rhys had always been in love with her kinda bothered me, because even if they were mates, I liked much more the idea that at first he was intrigued and then slowly started loving her. Still…they are maaatess. It´s no exaggeration to say that when the King of Hybern supposedly cut their “bond” I went a little bit nuts…Thank the Cauldron (I love this Fae expression) that it wasn´t their actual mating bond, but the one with Rhys´ bargain.
I also got very attached to Rhys´ Inner Circle, and I think there should be a book about them. I mean, besides the whole Mor/Cassian/Azriel thing, I just want to know more about these four incredible Fae (okay, we have no idea what Amren is, but she´s kind of Fae…I guess…). But, out of the four of them, Amren is my favorite. She used her blood ruby as a paperweight. And right along with Rhysand, his Inner Circle became Feyre´s family
So much happens in this book, though. The whole thing with Tamlin and the wedding, locking in Feyre, Rhys´ rescue, the secret city of hopes and dreams, the Summer Court and that stupid Book, the mortal Queens, the King of Hybern and Julian… it all happened in 640 pages.
We also get to learn a lot more about Prythian´s history. Sarah did a great job with this, because she didn´t just dump all the information on us, but slowly dripped it into the story in such a way that it complemented the plot. She also brought out the whole High Fae versus lesser fae conflict, which wasn´t present in the first book because it seemed like Tamlin just didn´t care to inform Feyre (and us readers) about it. I just loved how the author brought in real world issues into this magical world, making it seem more…real, I guess.
It´s New Adult, so it has more mature content, but I could not resist reviewing it, because it´s way too good not to be talked about. If I could give this book 10 out of 5 stars I would, but unfortunately, I´m stuck with the 5 out of 5 stars rating. I recommend this series with all my heart (and I need the next book, like, now).