A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published May 3, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genres Fantasy, Magic, Fae, NA, YA
Feyre survived the horror of Amarantha’s trials Under the Mountain and has returned to the Spring Court, but at a steep cost to herself. Feyre now has the powers of a High Fae, in her heart she is still human and can’t forget the terrible things Amarantha forced her to do in order to save Tamlin’s people. Feyre also hasn’t forgotten the bargain she made with Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court. As Feyre navigates through its dark web of politics, passion and power, a greater evil looms and she may be the key to stopping it . But first she must heal her heart and soul, learn to control the power she now possesses and must decide what she wants her future to look like.
WARNING!! SPOILERS AHEAD!! I usually write my review without spoilers, but I can not write a review about this book without including significant things that happened in the plot and between the characters. So again, WARNING!! SPOILERS!! If you haven’t read this book yet, do not read this review!!
Okay, you have been warned and I added an extra picture, so hopefully if you are reading this far, you have finished the book. And if you have finished the book, you will also understand me when I say I have the biggest book hangover after finishing this yesterday! I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses but this book was so much better! I literally do not have one single thing to complain about with this book, I loved every single page.
So at the beginning of this book, we find Feyre struggling with the things she endured Under the Mountain, specifically the third trial where she was forced to kill two innocent Fae. Even once she has returned to the Spring Court, she has nightmares, doesn’t sleep well and keeps reliving the horrible events over and over. Tamlin seems more paranoid with anything happening to Feyre that she suffocates her with guards and restrictions, barely letting her out of the house. Three months pass and Rhysand has not come to take her to the Night Court 1 week a month until he shows up on Feyre’s wedding day. At this point, we don’t really know much about the “bond” of their arrangement, so Feyre doesn’t know that while she is internally screaming for someone to stop the wedding and save her, that Rhysand can hear those frantic cries. He shows up as she is walking down the aisle and takes her back the Night Court. She is of course initially angry but also relieved. She spends her time at the Night Court, recuperating, sleeping and Rhysand insists on teaching her to read.
Once she returns to the Spring Court, she tells Tamlin everything she can about the Night Court and he once again tightens the reigns around her. Restricting her from not only leaving the house, but from knowing what is going on with her new world. She becomes more and more desperate as he puts more restrictions on her; she becomes depressed, barely sleeps and loses weight. One day, she begs to come along with Tamlin and Lucien, which he refuses and Tamlin seals her in the house. She panics and starts having a breakdown, surrounding herself in darkness. Rhysand can sense this and sends his cousin Mor to bring her back to the Night Court. I was happy when this happened, as I felt she didn’t belong with Tamlin or the Spring Court anymore, it was clearly making her miserable.
Without describing every scene in the book, which I could easily do, I want to hit on a few points. I love that even before Feyre leaves the Spring Court, she realizes that what Tamlin is doing is wrong. She is “no High Lord’s pet”. Once she leaves, she learns that she is strong, she is smart and she doesn’t belong to anyone. I read a lot of books where the author can’t seem to write a love story without the “damsel in distress” who needs a man to save her, etc. That is one reason I love this book and Feyre. The second reason I love this book is Rhysand. Once we get past the mask he puts on for the world, learn more about his life when he was younger and find out who he really is, you realize he is actually a really good person. Although I really did love the entire book, I think Part 4: The House of Mist was my favorite section of the book, for obvious reasons.Chapter 54, when Rhysand explains to Feyre that not only are they mates, but explains the story of how he came to know that, is amazing. The story is amazing and everything he did to try to keep her safe, even when he knew that might mean he wouldn’t get to spend his life with her. I already loved his character, but after everything he said in Chapter 54, I was sold. A few (because there were a lot) of my favorite quotes from the book before I talk about the ending:
“Did you enjoy the sight of my kneeling before you?” -Rhysand speaking to Feyre (pg.215)
Basically the whole dialogue on pg. 290-291. I don’t know I have ever read a book where the author did such a fantastic job at building up the sexual tension and love in this case, between two characters.
“And if he grabbed me?” There was nothing but uncompromising will in his eyes. “I would have torn apart the world to get you back.” – Rhysand and Feyre talking about her encounter with Lucien and his guards in the woods (pg. 469)
“I painted the night sky. I painted the stars and the moon and the clouds and just the endless, dark sky . . I never knew why. I rarely went outside at night – usually, I was so tired from hunting that I just wanted to sleep. But I wonder . . I wonder if some part of me knew what was waiting for me. That I would never be a gentle grower of things, or someone who burned like fire – but that I would be quiet and enduring and as faceted as the night. That I would have beauty, for those who knew where to look, and if people didn’t bother to look, but to only fear it . . Then I didn’t particularly care for them, anyway. I wonder if, even in my despair and hopelessness, I was never truly alone. I wonder if I was looking for this place – looking for you all.” Feyre talking to Rhysand as she removes the ash arrows from his wings (pg. 488).
As I got closer to the end, I began to wonder how Maas would end it. She didn’t end the first book with a cliffhanger, which I appreciate because I have cliffhangers. Once the situation in Hybern started going downhill, I got worried. And those few pages when we aren’t sure what is actually happening, I was in tears thinking that Tamlin was going to drag Feyre back to the Spring Court and away from Rhysand. Then I wasn’t sure that the bond was still in place and that Rhysand actually knew what she was doing, but he did, even though we didn’t know. The two last chapters, one from Rhysand’s perspective and then one from Feyre’s perspective, helped to fill in all the questions and gaps. And although I am displeased that they are not together, I was so happy when I read that they had the mating bond verified, gotten married and that Rhysand had also sworn her in as High Lady of the Night Court. And then to have her sisters now Fae and immortal, I have a few predictions about the third and final book in this series. So I can’t even imagine how the third book is going to go and sadly we have to wait another year for that one.
However, I have to say that Sarah J. Maas is a fantastic author. Her world building is amazing and especially in this book with the Spring Court, Night Court and Summer Court, I have all these beautiful lands and palaces in my head. The characters are all so developed and we get to know all of them (Mor, Amren, Cassain, Azriel and even Feyre’s sisters, Nesta and Elain so much better in this book). And all of the amazing descriptions of the magic in this book. Maas, I hope you are writing non stop because I am expecting at least another 650 page book to finish off this amazing series. Happy reading!