You may recall that last month I read A Court Of Thorns And Roses by Sarah J Maas on holiday and really enjoyed it. So I was very excited about reading the second book in the series, A Court Of Mist And Fury. As always I will try and stay vague in my review but if you haven’t read A Court Of Thorns And Roses and plan to this review may spoil some of the events from the first book so look away now!
The events in this book begin in the Spring Court where our heroine, Feyre, is struggling to come to terms with her past actions which she carried out in order to save her lover, Tamlin. But with her possession of High Fae powers and with a wedding on the horizon it seems life for Feyre will get better. However, the lingering doubts in Feyre’s mind and the nightmares that haunt her lead to think differently. And when Rhysand, the much feared High Lord of the Night Court turns up on the scene, Feyre’s life takes a different path. Rhysand has a need for Feyre, whisking her away to the Night Court where she must fulfil the bargain she made with him in the past. This book results in a journey of self discovery for Feyre, one in which she must assess her past and look to her future, to find what she believes in, and to find the path that is best suited to her and the world around her. I quickly became drawn into the magical world that Sarah J Maas has created, and whilst at over 600 pages this is quite a time consuming read, I remained gripped throughout.
I enjoyed A Court Of Mist And Fury even more than A Court Of Thorns And Roses. I really enjoyed the character development in this story and in particular the transformation of Feyre who becomes an even more strong and powerful young woman who seeks out what she wants and utilises her new abilities to protect what’s most important to her. I also loved the relationship that develops between Feyre and Rhysand and the chemistry that builds between them. Rhysand is also a well rounded, complex character and whilst in the first book we see him as a villain we see him here in a new light – learning of the events from his past that haunt him, the events that shaped the High Lord he has become. With Feyre and Rhysand both being strong characters is was great to see the mutual respect between the two and how a character of Rhysand’s status is not afraid to value Feyre as an equal. There are also new faces to the series in the form of Amren, Mor, Cassian and Azriel and these secondary characters are all equally fascinating with their own interesting back stories. Whilst this series is aimed at a younger audience there are several sex scenes throughout which I have seen gain mixed reactions. Whilst I thought some of them may have gone into a little too much detail I didn’t find them too problematic as the overall relationship portrayal is a healthy one. I am not usually someone who is keen on romance but as I liked the characters and the gradual build up of their relationship I did find this aspect of the book enjoyable. And alongside this of course there is plenty of action with a looming evil threatening everything Feyre holds dear. And as she fights to save it events build up to a conclusion which has left me even more excited for book three!
A Court Of Mist And Fury is a thoroughly enjoyable instalment in a series set in a magical and mysterious world that has me captivated. With its blend of magic, action and romance and a fascinating cast of characters I am looking forward to finding out what is in store for them in A Court Of Wings And Ruin!