Author: Sarah J. Maas
Read: April & May 2018
FIVE STARS!!! ALL THE STARS!!!
Can you tell that I loved this book? I gave it five stars on Goodreads, and it completely deserves every single one!!
In case you don’t know, A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) is the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR). I have a review for that and you can read it here. If you have read that, you will now know that I did not like ACOTAR.
!!!THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!
This is a long review for me…
But oh. my. goodness. I fell in love with ACOMAF! But not at first. The reason I didn’t like ACOTAR was mainly because of Tamlin, and the relationship between him and Feyre. Well, this book starts out with Feyre back at the Spring Court and engaged to Tamlin. It took me forever to get through this part. I didn’t want to read about Tamlin and the way that he treats her after the events in the first book. I get that he too went through a lot Under the Mountain, but that’s no excuse for his actions toward Feyre in ACOMAF. He controlled her and thought that he had the right to because of their relationship or that he loved her. And no one stopped him! Everyone in the Spring Court saw and knew what he was doing was wrong. They abandoned Feyre and turned their backs on her because it was their High Lord. I understand that everyone was going through a lot and they needed time to heal, but this was ridiculous. It made me so angry and uncomfortable, the way Feyre ignored her own problems and what she needed to deal with because Tamlin was hurting. She was setting her welfare aside so that Tamlin would feel better. That pissed me off.
So the beginning was a mess for me. But then the wedding comes and Feyre is panicking in her head. Because she knows that she can’t marry Tamlin, that she can’t continue living this way. And Rhysand saves her and takes her away to the Night Court. I loved the Night Court. The dark beauty was something that I loved reading about and the way that Feyre starts loving it too.
I took in the map, noted the peninsula jutting out about halfway up the western coast of the Night Court and the name marked there. Velaris. He’d once shown me a blank one once — when I had belonged to Tamlin and been little more than a spy and a prisoner. Because he’d known I’d tell Tamlin about the cities, their locations.
A Court of Mist and Fury, p. 263
Feyre begins to care for the members of the Court of Dreams, Rhysand’s friends and family. Mor, Amren, Cassian, and Azriel. Warriors and protectors of their home.
The people who knew that there was a price, and one worth paying, for that dream. The bastard-born warriors, the Illyrian half-breed, the monster trapped in a beautiful body, the dreamer born into a court of nightmares … And the huntress with an artist’s soul.
A Court of Mist and Fury, p. 337
I loved reading about them. Their banter and the times they all spent together were my favorite. They become Feyre’s friends as well and she learns to open up and let herself care for the Night Court and its inhabitants.
Rhys stared at me for a moment longer, his face unreadable, before he strode to the door. He stopped with his fingers on the sea urchin-shaped handle. “He locked you up because he knew — the bastard knew what a treasure you are. That you are worth more than land or gold or jewels. He knew, and wanted to keep you all to himself.”
The words hit me, even as they soothed some jagged piece in my soul. “He did — does love me, Rhysand.”
“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.”
A Court of Mist and Fury, p. 320
I loved the friendship that grew between Feyre and Rhysand. He was honest with her and he trusted her. He let her make her own decisions and he was gentle, but not because he thought she was about to break. He knew how strong Feyre was and he wanted her to see that again. He helped her, but most importantly he gave her a place to heal herself and rebuild herself. She was able to put herself first and work on bringing herself back to life. I like how there’s an equal balance of this, Feyre’s self-healing, and the action/adventure plot.
[…] Feminine, soft, pretty. I hadn’t felt like those things in a long, long while. Hadn’t wanted to.
But here, being those things wouldn’t earn me a ticket to a life of party planning. Here, I could be soft and lovely at sunset, and awaken in the morning to slide into Illyrian fighting leathers.
A Court of Mist and Fury, p. 321
So, in the end of ACOTAR Feyre became one of the High Fae. And because of how it happened (all the High Lords gave her a drop/essence of their power/life?) she now has the powers of all the courts and their lords. So, she’s now super special and powerful. (classic trope tbh)
But throughout ACOMAF Rhys helps her train and use her powers and she becomes a super cool killing machine. But, aside from learning how to be a badass, she also has to help the Court of Dreams find a way to stop the king of Hybern from attacking Prythian. He’s a psycho and wants to take over Prythian for evil reasons. Not a very interesting character. But they still need to stop him because he plans to attack the humans on the other side of the wall. Feyre goes to visit her sisters in the human world to get help from the human queens. They need to bring the fae armies and the human armies together to stop the king and have any chance of stopping him at all.
In the end, the human queens betray them and the king throws Feyre’s sisters, Nesta and Elaine, into the Cauldron. He does this basically just to test the Couldron’s magic but also to hurt Feyre. When they come out of it, Feyre’s sisters don’t die, they become fae too. Yay! Immortality! Perfect beauty! Whoo! Not really though because nobody is happy about this and no one wanted this. And it’s really sad how this hurts Feyre, she didn’t want that for her sisters. Both of her sisters tolerated Feyre being fae, but they would never have chosen that for themselves and it’s terrible that it was forced on them.
There is a lot of detailed sex scenes in this book. They’re … interesting. (A specific scene including paint comes to mind lol.) It’s not really my thing, but it doesn’t take away from the book or completely ruin it because it’s dirty. The sweet, intimate moments between Feyre and Rhys are some of my favorites, and some of them happen to be after the sex scenes. I love thier relationship, the romance side and their friendship.
Honestly, I just love this book. While I was looking through my tabs for quotes that I liked, I was starting to want to reread it! I usually don’t reread books this close together. And I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did.
The only problem I had with it was that it made me think that Sarah J. Maas purposely didn’t put as much effort into ACOTAR because she wanted ACOMAF to be so much better. It felt like she wanted you to fall for Rhysand and she wanted you to not like Tamlin from the beginning. Because, even in ACOTAR, Rhys is kind of depicted as better than Tamlin. And you’re supposed to be rooting for the lovers to be together, right? I don’t know if anybody else felt that way? Let me know in the comments if I’m just completely missing something.
Okay, friends! I think I’ve talked about my love for this book enough for one post! I might do a series review after I finish A Court of Wings and Ruin, but I haven’t decided yet.
Let me know what you thought of the differences between ACOTAR and ACOMAF! Did you like Tamlin? Did you like the Night Court? Let me know down below!