Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

Goodreads Synopsis:

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 torn apart.

Chick and Brain Rating 5 out of 5 stars

So I am not going to lie, I am intimidated by writing this review. If anyone has read this series they will understand when I say reading it was life altering. I am impatiently waiting for my copy of ACOWAR to arrive, so I decided to read this over again so I would be fresh and ready for when the new one arrived. The second time around reading was even better; I know, how is that even possible. Since this is my first time reviewing this book, I am going to write it as such however know that I have read it before. Sarah J. Maas is a genius and the tales she weaves touch your heart in ways that you will never be the same after reading her stories.

I was probably one of the very few that was not too crazy about A Court Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR). It took me about 75% of the book to get on board that this book was amazing! I loved all of the characters and the setting of the story, but something was missing. That is until they went under the mountain. If you have read ACOTAR then you know exactly what I speak of, if you haven’t well then stop reading this review and go read it because you will get no spoilers from me. The tale that Maas weaves between Tamlin, Rhys and Feyre while they are under the mountain is a thing of beauty. It makes me hate characters that I used to love and love the characters I used to hate. There is no clear winner at the end of ACOTAR, Feyre and Tamlin are in love and set to be married but Rhys and Feyre has set a bargain the requires her to come and see him in the Night Court for one week every month until they can find a way to break the curse. That is where this story begins.

A Court of Mist and Fury honestly begins as if not a day has passed between the stories, but in reality it has been a few months. We have all of the same characters and some new ones, but Feyre is fundamentally different. She and Tamlin are growing farther apart, but more importantly they have both been changed by what went on under the mountain. Feyre cries out for help, but no one chooses to listen. It is not until her wedding that someone hears her call and it is the last person she wants to see, the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand. Slowly Feyre begins to understand that Tamlin, while trying to protect her, is also caging her in; which is the one thing that she has begged him not to do. He is watching her waste away to nothing and no one is there to help her except for Rhysand. Rhysand and his Inner Circle save her from her pain and misery trapped in the Spring Court and take her away. They all help her return to her former self as well as grow into the new person she has become.

Maas takes the time to show us all aspects of Feyre during this book. We see her triumph as well as her setbacks and failures. We are not given a narrative full of fairy tale happy endings with the easy road to travel. Every character has to work for what they have been given and to protect the things that matter to them, sometimes at the cost of themselves. Feyre does this on her own. Yea Rhysand and the inner circle are there to support her in all aspects of healing but she is given choices. She can choose to wallow in self-pity or rise up and get stronger. Every day is a choice for her to fight or to give in. That is what Rhysand does for Feyre that Tamilin was never able to do. He gave her room to be her own person and grow. Feyre is not a trophy to be won and sit on a mantle for safe keeping, she is a human being with thoughts and feelings. All she needed was a little bit of reminding from our favorite High Lord.

Maas holds nothing back from us in the story. All the characters lay themselves bare for us to see. They are all “human” so to speak which is what makes us fall in love with all of them over again. No one will ever be able to write characters like Maas does. In all honestly no characters will touch our hearts like these have. Now I personally have not read Maas’s other series yet, but I am sure I will have the same feelings when I write reviews for them. I want to yell, curse, sob, laugh, basically the whole gambit of emotions when I am finished reading these narratives. Maas pulls that out of all of us in a way that enables her characters to become human and us to become them. Their thoughts and feelings are ours to the point that we feel them in our bones. I honestly can say maybe two authors have ever made me feel that way in my entire life, and I will be sad when this road comes to end.

 

Until next time,

 

XOXO 

 

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