A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is the second of a fantasy fiction series with the first book being A Court of Thorns and Roses. I liked the first book but I wasn’t completely head over heels in love with the story, but that changed with A Court of Mist and Fury. I’m going to give you the synopsis and then my thoughts. This review will have spoilers.
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.
I feel the first thing that needs to be discussed with this book is the YA rating. This is definitely NOT YA. There are some very mature adult scenes that are basically erotica (that large wingspan, yo). In the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, on a scale of one to ten for graphic content it was a solid five. A Court of Mist and Fury is a straight ten. I personally don’t mind this because I’m a twenty-six year old woman but if I was just casually looking to purchase a fantasy fiction series for a young teen reader I would be highly annoyed if this was in the YA section. This is definitely New Adult and needs to be marketed as such. Now that that’s out of the way we can move on to the actual story.
One of my main issues with the first book was I just really didn’t care about any of the characters until closer to the end of the book. I felt that Feyre really had no personality whatsoever. This book is MUCH better when it comes to character development and each character’s storyline. I’m still not the biggest fan of Feyre but in this book we see her dealing with her PTSD from Under the Mountain, she leaves Tamlin and realizes that Rhysand is her mate. Through all of this she changes from passive but stubborn to completely broken and then finally to a strong and interesting character. She’s definitely growing on me.
I liked Rhysand in the first book and I ADORE him in this one. The way he treats Feyre and everyone around him is just swoon worthy and um… I might be in love.
I really enjoyed in this book how Tamlin changes, or should I say, how we perceive him changes. In the first book Tamlin is possessive and controlling but he’s Feyre’s savior and she loves him so she sees everything that he does as just being a result of how much he loves her. In this book Feyre is already dealing with so much emotionally because of Under the Mountain and Tamlin just isn’t there for her. He’s so busy trying to protect her and watch her every move that he doesn’t see what’s happening right in front of him. Feyre is literally wasting away and dealing with intense PTSD that is made worse if she’s trapped and what does Tamlin do? He locks her in the house to protect her. She completely breaks down and calls for Rhysand through the mental bond they share, he saves her and it’s goodbye controlling Tamlin….for now. I can’t help but feel slightly sorry for Tamlin, however, because it’s possible that he’s dealing with PTSD from Under the Mountain as well and just isn’t able to help Feyre when he’s still dealing with his issues. I hope there’s more to his character than just now he’s the villain so that we, the reader, will love Rhysand unquestionably.
I have to say, one minor complaint I have with this book, and the first one, is that when Sarah J. Maas discovers a word she really likes she overuses the crap out of it. In this book it was the F word and the word snarling. There were others but those two just stick out to me the most. I feel like her editor should catch that because it’s super annoying but maybe that’s just me.
A Court of Mist and Fury was so much better than A Court of Thorns and Roses, in my opinion. I’m really glad I kept reading because I could see why some people might not want to continue on with the series after the first book. I’m super excited to finish the third book, A Court of Wings and Ruin! That review will be up the week after next. If you’ve read this series I’d love to know what you think! Thanks for reading and have a great day!