A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J. Maas
This story begins roughly three months after the first book ended and is broken up into three parts. Feyre is living in the Spring Court with Tamlin and Lucien. She’s enjoying her time with Tamlin, but unfortunately, she’s suffering inside from everything she went through Under the Mountain with Amarantha. Now she deals with nightmares and questions how she can ever forgive herself for the deaths she’s caused. Feyre and Tamlin are engaged and the wedding preparations are being made, but Tamlin’s priorities are elsewhere on business, and because he’s consistently worried about Feyre’s safety, she’s often stuck at home wishing that she could be free. She deals with mixed thoughts about the marriage to Tamlin so soon, and questions if this is where she belongs. Feyre also hasn’t forgotten the bargain she made with Rhys Under the Mountain, and although she hasn’t seen or heard from him since then, she wonders if and when he’ll show up to claim it. At the wedding ceremony, Feyre is screaming inside for anyone to help her because she doesn’t feel ready. Will anyone come to her aid? Feyre quickly learns that even with everything she’s been through, evil hasn’t been conquered yet, and she may be a key player in stopping it. What Fae powers does Feyre possess? What will come of her future, and the future of Prythian and its people?
Characters: (some spoilers)
In this installment many new characters are introduced, and things change quickly with some of the main characters from the first book. At first I thought this second book might turn into a love triangle, and thank goodness it didn’t because I probably wouldn’t want to finish it. Right off the rip though, Tamlin seems different. He does still love Feyre and wants to protect her, but he’s become quite controlling and seems to be spending a lot of time by himself. Feyre is dealing with so much pain from everything that happened Under the Mountain and now she’s having nightmares and flashbacks she can’t seem to control. Tamlin is just too caught up in business to take her seriously. Here’s Feyre begging for him to take her with–practically flat out ready to lose it–when Tamlin simply tells her that she can’t go and forces her to stay back. He completely disregards her feelings and begins to treat her like a child. Once the wall was put up, that was it for me; Tamlin became a character that I was beginning to heavily dislike early on…and that’s just after naming him my favorite character in book one! How can this be possible? It gets so much more interesting as Rhys becomes better understood and his family comes into play. Each one has their own history and I fell in love with all of them and the good-natured banter they have between each other. Rhys is willing to risk everything to bring peace to his people. Who would’ve ever thought that before? By the end of the book, he became my absolute favorite character, which was totally unexpected going into this. Feyre’s character really blossoms in this second book as she adapts and figures herself out. I really appreciate the strong family theme in this book and found it heartwarming.
The plot remains interesting, and because there are multiple tasks that Rhys and his people have to accomplish to nullify the Cauldron and stop war once and for all, there’s a lot going on in the book; however, it’s the well-developed characters and my investment in them that make this book so amazing.
This book ended up being even better than the first and I didn’t want it to end. I devoured this book…it didn’t even feel like 600+ pages. It’s so well crafted with descriptive writing and it’s darker and steamier than the first book as well
(still not sure why this series is YA though!).
It was nice to learn about some of the other courts and lords. I was totally enchanted reading about the Night Court with all the beautiful descriptions, especially the time spent in the city of Velaris with all the shops, restaurants, and music. There were so many wonderful surprises in the story and every question I had from book one is answered in this one. Many aha moments!
Overall, I LOVED the writing style, characters, storyline, and I’m so glad I’m reading the series now so that I can move right on with the third book without waiting, especially with the way this one ended. If I couldn’t move on to book three, I’d probably open this one back up and start all over again.
- Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (Book 2)
- Hardcover: 640 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619634465
- ISBN-13: 978-1619634466
Thanks for reading my review! Have you read this series? If not, what are you reading? Let’s chat in the comments section below.