A Court of Mist and Fury – Book Review

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
Paperback: 624 pages
Published: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
My Rating: 5/5 stars

Summary (From Goodreads): 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.

Wow.

This book is infinitely better than its predecessor. I loved it so much more, not only for the characters but for the changes in scenery and the fact that Feyre wasn’t cooped up in a house for the entire book.

Feyre changed so much in this book – she really grew as a character, into her own skin and her role as a Fae. Gone is the helpless little human that she was at the beginning of A Court of Thorns and Roses – now she’s lethal.

If I liked Rhysand from the first book, then I love him now. He also changed in this one, to someone so much better. Well, that being said, all of the first book was technically an act. But he’s…perfect. Imperfectly perfect. He gives Feyre the space and freedom she needs and y’know actually cares about her.

Tamlin, I could do without.
As could the majority of the characters in the book.
I mean. I hate him. He hasn’t grown at all from the first book and is so possessive over Feyre it’s unreal. Despite everything she said to him, everything she pleaded from him, he locked her up in that house.

Lucien…Lucien, I think, can redeem himself. I like him as a character, and although he’s made mistakes, I think he can sort himself out, especially for the sake of Elain.

Nesta and Elain showed up again, and my opinions on them haven’t really changed. I like Elain, she’s sweet, and I love Nesta for being a Queen.

We also got a whole bunch of new characters! Rhys’s Inner Circle were fantastic and I love them all. Mor, Azriel, Amren and Cassian (especially Cassian) made me laugh time and again, and the way that they just took Feyre in is just…they’re her family. If any of them die in the last book, I will cry.
(Yes, Az is my favourite. Yes, I will cry if he dies.)

Speaking of crying, I came close to it in this book, but not quite. That could be because everyone who’s already read it told me I would cry, and  so I was expecting to. There was one part where I very nearly screamed because something shocking just happened, like BAM, but aside from that…nah.

We saw the Summer Court as well, which was fun. I did enjoy those scenes – Tarquin is so sweet, bless him. Poor guy.

The plot of this book was better too! It didn’t drag, it was fast paced, and was so much more gripping than whatever Tamlin was doing back in the Spring Court. I don’t really remember, if I’m being honest. We have an arcing storyline now, and the threat of war from the King of Hybern is engaging enough to make me desperate for the third book to come out.

I’m going to have to bring this up too – this book is graphic, and not in a violent way. There is heavy romance. If you are not into reading that, then I suggest you find a different book (or just skip those scenes), because there are at least three scenes of that nature that I can count of the top of my head.

Anyway – I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone over the age of 16.

Holly xx

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