Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court-but at a steep cost. Though now she 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 navigated 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 torn apart.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas expands Feyre’s world beyond even her wildest imagination in this seductive and stunning sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.
This is the second book in a series that I love very much. So if you’re open to reading whatever, don’t even read this review, just go buy the whole series and binge read them all. I promise you won’t regret it.
Okay, now for the actual book. A Court of Mist and Fury starts three months after the end of the first book. At this point, Feyre is trying to figure out who she is now that she’s a High Fae. She’s not the same person that she was when her story started. She’s done some things that she can’t unsee and a part of her wishes that she died under the mountain. You would think that because she and Tamlin survived and she saved everyone that all would be flowers and butterflies, but that’s not the case.
In an attempt to get everything back to normal in the Spring Court, the wedding is the big event to show that everything and everyone is okay and life is back to normal. Surprise! Tamlin proposed to Feyre and they’re going to get married. This is how it was it was told to the readers. For some reason, (I’d say for the sake of keeping the book a reasonable length because it’s six hundred pages.) we don’t get to see the proposal, just a brief story about it happening. This shows me that it’s not a hugely significant event, which it is, but not in the way you would think it is.
It’s extremely obvious that all of the people in this story are just trying to get through the days and pretend they’re okay. They’re all doing the best they can to try to get back to their lives before Amarantha. It’s clear from the first page that Feyre is having the most trouble with this. She’s not at all the same person she was. She wakes up every night vomiting from her nightmares. She just can’t seem to get it together. She doesn’t even want to paint anything. It’s honestly sad because she’s not the same Feyre without thinking about painting everything. She’s not in a good place at all.
I think the wedding was too soon, a rushed attempt to get life back to normal. She’s not excited to plan it or even to attend it. She leaves all the planning to Ianthe, who sucks and you’ll learn why. Even her dress, which Feyre hates, but doesn’t do anything about it. The Feyre from the first book would have said, “hell no, I’m not wearing this.” But she just lets it all happen. The day of the wedding Alis literally pushes her outside to the aisle. Alis says, “You sound like you’re going to your funeral.” And “it’ll be over faster than you can blink, she promised and gently pushed me into the last of the sunlight.” SHE LITERALLY SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS GOING TO HER FUNERAL SO WHY DID EVERYONE LET HER GO THROUGH WITH THIS.
Now I get to talk about my favorite character in this whole series, Rhysand. It was just too perfect for him to swoop in and save Feyre on her wedding day. His grand entrance when coming to claim Feyre for their agreed upon week at the wedding totally suits the personality that he presents. He’s my favorite villain, probably because we learn that he’s not actually a villain, but he’s my favorite even before that.
The first week that Feyre spending with Rhys at the Night Court, he learns that she cannot read. So she spends the week writing ridiculous sentences that he gives her. It’s hilarious and silly and the break that she needed from pretending that she’s alright.
So this book actually made me mad, but its 100% Tamlin’s fault and Lucien (who is supposed to be Feyre’s friend, but is too worried about following orders and putting out a good image for everyone else.) Feyre told them over and over again what she needed. I think she actually said “I feel like I’m drowning” at one point and they still wouldn’t listen. Wouldn’t let her go help other towns, they wouldn’t let her leave the property to ease Tamlin’s fears. They didn’t listen to what she was screaming that she needed because what Tamlin needed was more important and that pissed me off so badly. I just don’t understand how he couldn’t or didn’t see what he was doing to her. How could he continue to choose what he wanted over what she was telling him she needed and not see how that was affecting her? I just don’t see how he can justify anything that he did to her and I 100% support Feyre leaving.
So Feyre goes through some huge character development in this book. After everything she went through and did under the mountain to save Tamlin, she’s come out a different person. She’s become a broken girl instead of the one who was willing to fight whoever and however she needed. But as she tells Tam over and over again what she needs and she sees him prioritize his needs over hers, she realizes that she’s becoming a different person; she’s not the same girl that fell in love with Tamlin. She’s a girl that has no faith in herself or her feelings or her choices and it’s just so so sad. This book is pretty heartbreaking for the sole reason of having to see and feel what Feyre is going through and that no one is helping her until Rhys comes to save the day, AGAIN.
Once Rhysand saves her from the Spring Court, again. We meet a whole new set of friends. They’re funny and caring and silly and so full of love for one another. Feyre learns some things about the Night Court and similar to in the first book, everything she thought she knew is wrong. She learns the truth about the Night Court and why Rhys acts the way he does. Rhys and his “court” are more than just that. They’re a family instead of subordinates taking orders. They listen and argue and care about one another. Once Feyre is in the Night Court Rhys tries to get her involved in the craziness of the world but he doesn’t order her around or push her. He offers her choices and lets her decide. He does exactly what she begged Tam to do for her and she didn’t even ask Rhys.
One of the things I loved most about this book was finally getting to see more of Prythian. Being introduced to Velaris, the Night Court’s secret Court of Dreams, it’s essentially described as a utopia. A place that Rhys has done anything and everything in his power to protect. I would have loved to see Velaris through Feyre from the first books eyes, what her thoughts and how she would have wanted to paint it. The other place we get to visit is the Summer Court, which is my favorite. If I was in this world, I would be a part of the Summer Court. The city sounds incredible and I just loved getting to see more of the world Feyre now found herself immersed in.
I don’t like to give spoilers, so I’m sorry if it seems vague or out of place, but once Feyre starts to realize that her relationship with Tamlin wasn’t as romantic and perfect as she thought it was hard. It was hard to feel that with her even though I had realized it long before her. It’s almost like she blames herself for coming out from under the mountain a different person when Tam’s the only reason she went there at all. Tamlin couldn’t love her how she needed to be loved and it broke her. So when she started to develop feelings for Rhysand she was understandably conflicted. Seeing it all from the outside (and also I’m rereading this series) it was super obvious that these two were so good for each other. It just takes her a while to come to that same realization.
The ending of this book was incredible. Don’t finish this book unless you have the next one though. Hello, cliffhanger. The way Sarah J. Maas ended this book was not at all expected. It was a total twist but in the best way possible. With all the craziness and drama that went down in the last pages, the ending leaves you wanting so much more, but also saying “what the hell just happened” at the same time.
So if it wasn’t clear already, I love this book and I love this series. I love all the characters, even the ones I don’t like. I recommend this book to those like me that are no longer “young adults” but still love to read the genre. I wouldn’t say younger kids should read this because there are some pretty sexy scenes. This whole book is beautiful. The writing is beautiful, the places we see are beautiful, the characters, the struggles, the drama, it’s all beautiful and heartbreaking and will change your life. So read them and love them forever like I do.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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