Ｔｉｔｌｅ：A Court of Mist and Fury
Ａｕｔｈｏｒ：Sarah J. Maas
Ｒａｔｉｎｇ：★ ★ ★ ★ ★
＊Ｎｏｔｅ：Review for Book 1
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.
✩ Feyre may have started out broken, but she definitely grew into a more powerful, confident, and passionate role throughout the book.
✩ Rhysand was everything in this book. I completely fell in love with his selfless, loyal, and utterly charming personality.
✩ Lucien was… a coward. There’s really no other way to put it. He was a pushover and a complete disappointment in my eyes.
❝ It was easier to not have to explain, anyway. To not have to tell him that though I’d freed him, saved his people and all of Prythian from Amarantha… I’d broken myself apart. And I didn’t think even eternity would be long enough to fix me.❞
Okay, so it took me waaaaaaay too long to finish this book because I had so many ARCs to catch up on but I finally got it done and I freaking loved it! I loved it so much that it has taken me forever to jump into this review because I really had to think about everything I wanted to say and I didn’t want to leave anything out. So I’m sorry but this is going to be quite a long review. That being said, let’s get to it!
I’m going to start by saying that I enjoyed this book infinitely more than the first book. If you read my review of the first book then you’ll know I liked it, but I just didn’t fall in love with it the way I did with Throne of Glass. Well, my opinion of this series has definitely changed after reading ACOMAF! I always saw people talking about how the series got better and how this one amazing and I have to 100% agree because this book blew. me. away.
The beginning was pretty jarring because Feyre isn’t the same girl we met in the first book. She’s broken and struggling to get through every day. Tamlin is no use either because he’s just as damaged but he’s not willing to share anything with her. They ignore one another’s pain pretty much and act like everything is fine. It ends up being a really tense and suffocating situation, especially for Feyre. It was really frustrating to see Tamlin ignore what was right in front of him, and even worse to watch how he dealt with his own fear and insecurities regarding Feyre.
I’m also going to talk about Lucien just a bit because I was so disappointed with his choices. I loved him in the first book because he was always brave enough to speak his mind and even stood up for Feyre when she needed it, but in this book… ugh, he just frustrated the hell out of me. I expected more of him and I definitely did not get what I wanted.
But, moving on: I thought that Feyre was a great representation of someone who is deeply traumatized/has PTSD. It added another layer to the story to have Feyre be her own enemy/obstacle and it made you really root for her. You sympathized with her more and really wanted to see her overcome the past. Not only that, but I like that we had a representation of PTSD in the YA/New Adult genre.
❝ And just because of that worry, just to get that tightness off his face, even for these few moments before we faced his unholy realm beneath that mountain, I said over the wind, “Amren and Mor told me that the span of an Illyrian male’s wings says a lot about the size of… other parts.”
His eyes shot to mine, then to pine-tree-coated slopes below. “Did they now.”
I shrugged in his arms, trying not to think about the naked body that night all those weeks ago–though I hadn’t glimpsed much. “They also said Azriel’s wings are the biggest.”❞
Despite all that, I didn’t actually start falling in love with this book until Rhysand became central to the story. Once the story shifted to the Night Court I was completely engrossed. Rhysand was definitely my favorite character. I loved him for always looking out for Feyre in a way that showed he cared, but he still gave her the space she needed. He never tried to decide things for her and he always put her needs first.
I think the only thing that I enjoyed more than Rhysand was Rhysand and Feyre. Their moments together always made me either laugh, cry, or fawn over them. Sometimes it could be all three at once. Honestly, their relationship was so pure. They supported one another, could understand each other’s pain, and they even though they didn’t always make the right choices they always found ways to work through it.
Now, I don’t want to spoil anything, but the secret that Rhysand kept from Feyre and was revealed towards the end–AHHHHH! I just… I felt so much for Rhysand that it’s hard to put into words. I admired him so much for having the courage to put her happiness above his own. I loved him for never trying to push things and for… pretty much being willing to give up to give her a chance to be happy and safe. The whole chapter where he confessed everything was… perfect. I cried. That’s it because if I keep going I’m going to definitely spoil something.
Anyways, another reason I loved Rhysand was the Court of Dreams. He was willing to give up everything to protect this dream, but he was also willing to fight for it. He and everyone in it had a code that they lived by. They didn’t just talk, they actually led by example. They were a family and they readily embraced Feyre. They were all really understanding and supportive. Seriously, squad goals!
❝ “He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story.”
“But I forgot to tell him,” I said quietly, opening the door, “that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key.”
I shrugged. “He was the one who let me out.”❞
So, yes. The character relationships were a really big factor in my loving the book. I could go on forever about it, but I think I covered it pretty well so I’m going to talk about the plot a little bit. The story did focus on Feyre’s recovery for a good chunk of the book with the rest of the plot still moving forward but not being as central (at least it felt that way to me). Which I didn’t mind! Like I said, the character development and relationships were one of the best elements of this book.
That said, it did shift the focus to the plot around halfway once Feyre was more stable/recovered. I liked that the fey interacted more with humans in this book than in the last. I was especially happy to see that Feyre’s sisters made more of an appearance in this book. We got to know them a little better in the visits that Feyre and her friends would make. Nesta was still kind of annoying, but I did grow to like her a little more later on. Elain was more likable because she was more polite and willing to open her mind/heart/home to the fae.
And finally, I want to talk about the ending a bit. Which is difficult considering I can’t give spoilers, haha. So I’ll just say that it was really powerful watching Feyre facing her past/fears. She went from being broken and helpless to being powerful and cunning. It was such a flip and it was great reading her character go through that journey. The ending just left me dying to know what happens next. I’m really excited to find out how things play out.
I would highly recommend this book. Especially if you didn’t particularly love the first book–I would say push through to this one. This book is powerful enough to change your opinion and it has less of the predictability that was in the first book. Honestly, pick up this book. Give it a chance because it is completely worth it!