‘”To the people who look at the stars and wish – and to the stars who listen and the dreams that are answered.”
A Court of Mist and Fury begins with Feyre back at Spring Court with Tamlin after she managed to break Amarantha’s curse, while paying a heavy price to do so. She’s suffering from serious post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and moreover, she has her bargain with the High Lord of Night Court to uphold. As she struggles with this new life of hers , she slowly realizes how much of her identity has become defined by her relationship with Tamlin. Feyre searches for her independence and starts making decisions for her future, all while preparing for an inevitable war.
I became a bit ambivalent about where the story was heading as I read through the lackluster scenes with Feyre and Tamlin in the first few chapters.But as the story arc became clearer and everything unraveled, my God this book was unexpectedly good! The way Sarah J Maas ameliorated the plot and character development of this series, coming from the first installment, was prodigious. I also loved that the romance was not the main focus as opposed to A Court of Thorns and Roses. It focused more on riveting action, plot twists and conflict. There was a lot happening in this book, but it never felt rushed or of inordinate length. It was perfectly paced and just enough.
**Spoilers Ahead **
There has been a lot of mixed reviews about the vilifying of Tamlin in this book, but I actually admired how it progressed. It shows the practical progression of real life relationships and an author who isn’t afraid to dispel the idea that your first love is supposed to be your “one true love forever“. In this case Feyre realizes how unhealthy her relationship has become, even if at one point she would have done anything for Tamlin.
I will admit I am a sucker for the ” hero disguised as the villain ” trope ( Professor Snape anyone! ).Which is why I gravitated towards the character Rhysand. His character development was my absolute favourite in this book! I loved his Court and the new characters that were introduced. There are so many layers to Rhysand that I honestly did not prognosticate from what I read in the first book.
We also finally got a glimpse of the King of Hybern in A Court of Mist and Fury. I hope we see more history of his character in the next book as I’m still trying to get a feel on what his real motives are for initiating the war. I am so excited to see how this series ends and what becomes of Feyre and her new found powers.
I loved this book and I have a new found love for this series, hope you guys enjoyed it as much too!