A Court of Mist and Fury (2016)
Author – Sarah J. Maas
Genre – High Fantasy
Page Count – 626 pages
Rating – 5/5
If you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses and don’t want any spoilers, then stop right here.
Following the event Under the Mountain, Feyre is back in the Spring Court and ready to wed Tamlin. The bond with Rhys, the High Lord of Nigh Court has been silent a while and Feyre does not think about the bargain much either. But things are not as easy as they seem.
Tamlin, driven with love but obsessively possessive, does not seem to remember that it was Feyre who saved them all Under the Mountain and does not need as much protecting as he seems to think she does. After a particularly bad moment, Feyre is rescued from the Spring Court by Rhys and his friend, Morrigan.
MAIN ELEMENTS OF THE BOOK
A Court of Mist and Fury, while certainly action driven, is more focused on character development. After Under the Mountain Feyre is a changed person, who is more sure of herself and what she needs. Since Tamlin is unable to let go of his fears, which he projects upon Feyre, their relationship becomes strained.
In contrast, the easygoing friendship between Rhys and Feyre feels effortless. It is more fun and believable and the manner in which Feyre becomes more herself made me happy for her.
Above all, the story also introduces a bigger threat than Amarantha – the King of Hybern. Rhys and Feyre, along with their friends – Cassian, Azirel, Mor and Amren – prepare to face that battle.
THINGS TO LIKE ABOUT THE BOOK
Firstly, the development of Feyre is extraordinary as she becomes more comfortable with asserting herself and becomes surer. The relationship between Feyre and Rhys seems so natural that its impossible to not root for them right from the beginning.
Secondly, the writing itself seems a bit more refined and mature than the first book. The inevitable threat of Hybern sets the pace for the next book and you will want to pick up book 3 immediately.
SOME PROBLEMS WITH THE BOOK
The book is fairly longer than the first one but it was not really a problem. It was the perfect bridging book which provided the right amount of world building for the finale.
The only problem I found with the book was the middle, which was slow and sometimes, a drag. But was not enough to dampen the overall effect of the series.
If you loved the first book, then you should be diving into this one without any delay.