Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young/New Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
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 cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
Review: All right, we all know what’s coming because I’m obviously Sarah J. Maas trash. I’m not super verbal about it online and I don’t get into the fandom pretty much at all. But I love her books, I love her writing and I can’t even deny it.
So, I never actually wrote a review for A Court of Thorns and Roses because I read it months before I started book blogging. And even though I just recently reread it I’m not going to do a proper review for it. I’m just going to smush a little of my thoughts into this post/review instead. To say the least, I really liked ACOTAR but when I reread it, it took me a month. a month. to read it completely. When the first time I read it it only took me a couple days. I realize that’s because I had completely different views about ACOTAR than I did the first time. For example, my blinders were finally off when it came to Tamlin. Not that I super liked Tamlin the first time but this time just nope. But going back and really watching Feyre grow as a character was nice. Sometimes I read books too fast and miss a lot of stuff so I really enjoyed going back and finding things I missed the first time. Now, that’s all I’m going to say about ACOTAR because let’s be honest, I have plenty to saw about ACOMAF.
Now, I am way late on the ACOMAF train. It was SO HYPED when it was released, it was riduculous. So I avoided it like the plague, I just can’t deal with reading books when they are super hyped. So here I am, many months later finally getting around to reading. And man, I now understand the hype.
Feyre blew me away in this and I’m so glad that this was told 99% in her POV. Watching her go from her lowest points to her highest I was amazed at her character growth. Her realization about Tamlin and her falling in and out of love with him (because yes, that is a very real thing that happens every day!!!) shows how much she’s grown up in the span of both books. It’s not easy you know, to come to the realization that you’ve fallen out of love with someone, whether or not that person is good or bad. So kudos to SJM for creating a realistic situation for beautiful character development. And let’s talk about Feyre dealing with Rhys and that whole situation. Because it wasn’t instantaneous, it wasn’t a complete drop of Tamlin and right into Rhys arms, per se. We watched Feyre struggle and fuck up and rely completely on herself to figure everything out.
Now Rhys, oh boy, where does one even start. His character development blew me away even more than Feyre’s at certain points. Whether you don’t like him or love him there is no denying that Rhys becomes a much more in depth character through out ACOMAF. Not many characters leave me swooning and Rhys he just murdered my heart. Especially during that first cabin scene, I’ll admit I reread that scene many times because hearing his story, from his perspective; I just couldn’t even deal. Realizing how much he respected Feyre to allow her to be her own person to make her own decisions just goes to show that he is more than just the bad things that he did.
And let’s not forget those beautiful side characters of The Night Court and even the ones of The Spring Court that showed more depth than I’ve seen in most side characters. Being able to have their stories and character growths so seemlessly intertwined with Feyre’s I think just goes to prove there are more to these books THAN THEIR DAMN SHIPS.
See, here’s the thing. For me anyways. In ACOTAR, we are shown only a certain side of Tamlin and only a certain side of Rhys. And I’m pretty sure that was the point. I mean, come on, in any story there are always two sides to it, whether we hear both or not. And in this instance we did hear both. One side in ACOTAR and another in ACOMAF. Did we really expect to have such one sided views? Even with having only one POV, please. Characters are so much more than that. This isn’t the first time that the protagonist and the antagonist have changed roles and it certainly isn’t the last. I’m not denying that Rhys didn’t do some bad shit because in a 600 year life span, how could he not? But let’s be honest here, Tamlin wasn’t perfect either, he did some bad shit too. And honestly, him holding Feyre against her will is bullshit and no one who does that deserves my respect. That’s called abuse. All I’m trying to say is that no character is perfect, and no writer should write their characters to please anyone.
I just want to end this by saying that Sarah J. Maas isn’t writing these books for the fandom, she’s writing them because they are her stories, her words, they belong to her. Whoever you ship, just remember that these worlds, these characters are hers to do with how she pleases. She’s not writing these books to please you. They maybe not go as you want and they may not be perfect but take a moment to step back and appreciate these stories as they are. Because they are not your words, they are hers.
One last thing before I go, I couldn’t help but be complete Feysand trash so here’s a playlist that reminds of them. I even made a little graphic to go with it.