My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
About the Author:
Sarah J. Maas (born 5 March 1986) is an American fantasy author and #1 New York Times bestseller of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages.
Publication Year: 2016
‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ begins with Feyre back in the Spring Court where she is reunited with Tamlin. She survives the evil Amarantha and breaks the curse thus, freeing the Fae who were trapped under the mountain. It seems like she has gotten everything she nearly died for but peace is only a temporary illusion. There’s an enemy far more dangerous than Amarantha who wants to unleash hell upon the world.
As Feyre struggles to come to terms with her newly earned immortality and strength, she’s wracked with guilt over what she has done to survive. She is back in safety only to be coddled by Tamlin who, under the guise of protection, keeps her away from knowing the situation outside and the threat on both Prythian and the Human world.
When she finds herself in an inescapable situation, the beautiful and deadly Rhysand swoops in and whisks her away to the magical and mysterious realm of the Night Court to fulfill the bargain she made with him to save her life. Rhysand explains the current scenario and offers her a choice: to be an innocent bystander or to hone her abilities and help him in defeating the enemy and save the world.
“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.” Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
This book is amazing! If you’re like me who wasn’t too thrilled with how the first book turned out, then you’ll be delighted to know that this book is a huge improvement over the previous one. It’s written beautifully and everything that happened earlier makes a lot of sense here. It’s like the story from the first book is taken and completely flipped over its head.
There is a lot more world-building in this one and the story is well executed. It’s mainly set in the Night Court which is portrayed vividly and beautifully. We learn a lot about the history of the Prythian, the war, and the different courts. We’re introduced to a lot of different interesting characters and magical creatures. There are tiny twists and plenty of action throughout the book that kept me on the edge on my seat.
Unlike the first novel that seemed to revolve around romance, this book actually focuses on the events and conflicts in the world. There’s also an interaction between the Fae realm and the Mortal world. The romance between Feyre and Rhysand blossoms slowly and the relationship between them is explored which I really loved. It does not overpower the actual story.
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
I loved the character development of Feyre. She seems so powerless in the beginning but she manages to take control of her life and finds a way to heal from the trauma with the help of Rhysand. She’s not as annoying as she was in the previous book but comes off as a strong and admirable character.
I wasn’t really sure how Rhysand’s character could be redeemed after how he was portrayed in the beginning but I’ve to say, he has a lot of depth. He is like the misunderstood anti-hero and also, he has become my favorite character in the series. There’s a similarity and yet, so much difference between Tamlin who succumbs to the powerlessness of this position and Rhysand who embraces it to protect his people.
I loved the ending. I did not see it coming and it really broke my heart but I’m happy that there’s another book waiting for me. I really enjoyed reading this book and if you’re not sure if you should pick this up after the first book, give this one a chance.