Today I’ve got a review for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas because I haven’t posted one in a VERY long time. This review has a couple of spoilers about a couple of characters (Tamlin and Rhysand) but if you don’t care, keep reading! If you’re still weighing up whether you should read this novel but want to get a feel of the book, you should probably stop reading once you get to CHARACTERS. So, these are my thoughts!!
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses (#2)
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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.
Great. More territorial fae.
I was rather disappointed with this sequel and I think a majority of this was because of my huge expectations and the massive amount of hype. I have very conflicting thoughts about this book and the characters.
I’ve always wondered how one book could completely turn people from team Tamlin to team Rhysand. Now I see. Tamlin’s relationship with Feyre plays a central part of the first part of the novel. His treatment of Feyre is so damaging especially since it seems protective but it’s just disguising his harmful actions that undermines her self-worth. I’m so glad so many people recognised how horrible he was and how toxic their relationship was.
I felt that the plot was rather shaky because although things were happening, I couldn’t really tell where it was leading and the purpose of certain actions. It felt like filler, but for the whole novel if you get what I mean? I found that this was more of a character focused book and Feyre’s development is a significant aspect of the novel, but considering the length of it, I expected more action or things to happen. Although the best part of this novel was probably Feyre’s development and how it was primarily about her self-discovery.
Last novel: Spring Court. This instalment: Night Court. I know a LOT of people have fallen in love with this court but unpopular opinion, I don’t like Prythian that much in general. Some society and fae just aren’t that appealing. The horrible fae nature is still here and I don’t like it (especially the possessiveness). I HATE the way that fae women were/are being treated and sometimes I’m baffled as to why you would want to live there. Some of the imagery of the setting was beautiful but it felt overdone to the point that the flawlessness was tiresome.
Feyre: she’s obviously gone through so much and it’s obvious how much her trauma is affecting her through her battle with PTSD. Although I can’t speak for the representation of PTSD, I’ve heard a lot of people appreciate the way it was written. I’m glad that Feyre is given an opportunity of growth, to learn to respect and appreciate herself, and take charge of her own life and future. It’s good to see Feyre starting from rock bottom and build herself up. I’m still annoyed that Feyre is a High Fae. She could have just become a fae but no, she gains all the powers and beauty of a high fae. A little unnecessary in my opinion but it is what it is.
Rhysand: this dude who popped up towards the end of the first novel as a rather mysterious, manipulative character which I was not that fond of. In this novel, he becomes the epitome of a perfect saviour which I found rather irritating. He was basically the ONLY choice Feyre had but moving on… I still find it difficult to believe in his rather large personality change/reveal from the creepy he is in the first book to this absolutely perfect friend and support Feyre needs. Don’t get me wrong, I love that Feyre leaves such a toxic relationship with Tamlin – I can never like an emotionally abusive trash like him.
I can’t neglect how Rhysand manipulated Feyre in the first book EVEN if he had her “interests at heart” and all the excuses that were explained in this novel. Nah, he enjoyed what he did; humiliating her and forcing her to accept the bargain whilst she was dying. His backstory was too convenient for my liking and being manipulated into choosing Rhysand (since he was the only romantic choice) wasn’t great in my opinion. Is it me or does Rhysand still manipulate Feyre at times in a more subtle way by pretending that she had a choice??? Overall, Rhysand still felt pretty meh to me.
Tamlin: I’ve never loved Tamlin, even in the first story (and I’m not just saying this just because of how he acted in this novel. I know that he was already controlling and I didn’t understand how anything he did was romantic, but that nature was just amplified tenfold in this novel. I have nothing else to say except that he’s a gaslighting poop. And that I found it strange that Tamlin completely disappeared from the novel only to come back when useful – selling Feyre out to the King of Hybern (another 100 jerk points for Tamlin). I’ve heard many arguments for and against how Tamlin is handled in this novel. The thing is, it’s not only Tamlin that gets demonised, but the whole of the Spring Court (with no redeeming factors). I liked Lucien adequately enough in the first novel, but everything in that area went down.
I enjoyed learning about the new gang from the Night Court AKA Rhysand’s inner circle. Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren seem all good and interesting at first, but then they seemed like they were there to encourage/force the romance. It felt like Rhysand’s gang were just there to talk him up and show how powerful and respected he was.
I liked Cassian despite him being another fae male reminiscent of a lot of the male fae in this series. I would have loved to learn more about Amren because I found her super interesting. I liked how Mor’s story was shared and it was super heart-breaking to read.
Once again, the characters are paired off… I can never look at the word mate in the same way every again. I’m still iffy about the whole mate idea. And I will say this again, saying “we’re mates” and not expressing it doesn’t convince me that the relationship is genuine. I get that Rhysand was helping Feyre, but I didn’t believe in their romance.
I felt like a lot of the time, the writing was telling, and not show. There are quite a few phrases that felt continuously repeated and I couldn’t get over the repetitiveness. It’s really distracting after a while. I can’t help but mock these “vulgar gestures” every 10 pages. Also, the worst insults in this book were literally “prick” and “bastard”. I feel like vomiting every time the word “claim” pops up. I’m still confused about the Cauldron.
I felt that the pacing was inconsistent. I truly believe that this book could have been shorter if it were a tad more concise. I found myself having to push myself through this novel and that usually doesn’t happen with SJM books for me.
Something that bothers me about Maas books is how every incident that could be tragic or significant to a character (especially fae) is automatically resolved. I could never feel scared for them because I knew that everything was going to turn out right. I really think these risks needed to be taken to raise the stakes and intensify the story.
I see the potential in the story, but there were all these aspects in the story that gradually built-up and I started liking it less. Honestly, I can’t even remember what happened in the plot of the book. I admit I got bored reading some parts of the novel. Will I continue this series? I’m not so sure. I don’t have much desire to learn about the ending of the series, nor am I incredibly invested in the characters.
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