A Court of Mist and Fury. Sarah J. Maas. High fantasy/New Adult. 2016. 626 pages. 5 stars. [Source: Physical copy]
“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
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 recently reread this (and also took it upon myself to reread ACOTAR as well) and my reaction this time around was no different from the first. ACOTAR is definitely good in the world building as well as character establishment but what ACOMAF does is completely change the perspective we’ve once had in ACOTAR.
I agree that Sarah J. Maas mastered the art of character development and–I may say so myself–character manipulation. So many key figures in this series take on a whole new attitude, as if ACOTAR was a hallucination. I commend Maas for being able to change how I felt about these characters in the 600+ delicious pages that should she decide to completely alter my mind even more (similar to what Rhysand does), I think I’d thank her for it.
A Court of Mist and Fury delves deeper into the Night Court rather than the previous setting of the Spring Court and Under the Mountain. We also get introduced to a deeper plot that started with ACOTAR. ACOMAF actually provided context to the whole setting of Under the Mountain and many anecdotes from over 500 years ago were given. Sheesh, we get it. You’re all immortal. No need to rub it in our poor mortal souls!
Despite the powerful and somewhat daunting characters, the narrative stayed light and even humorous! I found most of the conversations between the Inner Circle of the Night Court to be very similar to how I converse with my friends. The glamour on our once favorite ship has been removed, and we will now see what Tamlin really is–or isn’t in Feyre’s case. We also get to see a different side of Rhysand that we only saw vague flickers of in ACOTAR. What’s nice about this book is that a lot of the unexplained things that happened in the previous book will be explained here in detail. So if you’re feeling up for it, I suggest rereading the first book before you read this one! It definitely helps. The quotes you can snag from it are A+ too!
The writing style was excellent, some scenes made me tear up and cry, others made me laugh, and it made me feel alive. If you didn’t like A Court of Thorns and Roses that much, give this one a try.
P.S. I’m still debating whether I should go back to that Favorite Book Couples Post and change my Feylin ship… How awkward is that?!
Some of my favorite quotes from the book:
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
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“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”
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“There are different kinds of darkness,” Rhys said. I kept my eyes shut. “There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful.” I pictured each. “There is the darkness of lovers, and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be, needs it to be. It is not wholly bad or good.”
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