Where to begin? Well, I just finished A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas and my life has significantly improved by it.
In this sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, we follow Feyre’s story after the defeat of Amarantha. Feyre had returned to The Spring Court with Tamlin and they are soon to be wed. However, Feyre is anything but well. She is deeply impacted by what she endured Under the Mountain and Tamlin simply doesn’t understand how to help her. Tamlin’s personality showcased it the first part of the book. He is toxic for Feyre and her failing mental and physical health is obvious to everyone but him.
Everything is changed on the wedding day of Feyre and Tamlin, when Rhysand comes and snatches the bride. And so, Feyre must fulfil her end of the bargain and spend one week every month with Rhysand… and in my opinion that is the best thing to have happened to her so far.
I think this book is so much better than the first one. I loved the first one, but this is next level. The world-building is amazing, as well as, character development. I especially liked learning about The Night Court and its rulers. Also, I loved reading how Feyre manages to leave her past behind.
“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”
Every part of Feyre’s character arc is amazing. At the beginning of the book she is broken, unstable, and even though she is surrounded by people who seem to care about her, in truth, she is alone. Tamlin is often away or simply distant and Lucien with him. This leaves her without friends. The servants are too smitten with the fact she set them free from Amarantha’s curse to be able to see her as one of them. The only person she spends time with is a priestess Ianthe who, as we find out later, is an enormous bitch in cahoots with the King of Hybern. And then, Rhysand steals her away. He shows her a world where she is appreciated and valued. A world where she is her own person. And he helps her heal. I love the fact that it wasn’t portrayed as if he fixed her, but he was just there to aid her as she fixed herself.
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
And then we find out they are mated… I knew it. I suspected it since the ending of the first book, but I didn’t want to hope too much since the “darker” and more “flawed” male love interests rarely gets the girl. Thanks to the goddess that is Sarah J. Maas! I love that they are now together. Their dynamic is amazing, the chemistry is tangible and they simply make sense…
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
And Rhysand… Oh, how I adore that man… I struggle to find the words to describe my feelings. He is charming, charismatic and has such depth. I love that we’re slowly peeling away his layers and getting to know him better.
The ending of the book is shattering. I was so afraid that Rhysand would be left thinking Feyre forgot about him. And I am so thankful that that trope wasn’t used. I can’t wait to see how Feyre will manage being a spy!
“She is my mate. And my spy,’ I said too quietly. ‘And she is the High Lady of the Night Court.’
“And so Tamlin unwittingly led the High Lady of the Night Court into the heart of his territory.”
I just want to add that I am utterly and completely in love with all of Rhysand’s friends/family. I have some suspicions about the next book, one of them being that Lucien will help Feyre because of his mating bond to Elain, and the second one being that Cassian and Nesta will be mated.
To be continued…
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