Book review: A Court of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas

a court of mist and furyA Court of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Published by: Bloomsbury
Format: Paperback
Source: Borrowed, Buy on WaterstonesAmazon
Goodreads rating: 4.77

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.

I have just finished reading this book in less than 36 hours. It was a book I had to read for the bookclub I go to, so it sort of shot up to the top of my pile. I got this book fairly soon after it was released but I didn’t read. I think somewhere in the back of my mind I was savoring it, because I had loved the storytelling, characters and world in the first book: A Court of Thorns and Roses. I guess I was savouring a good story, but I was wrong. This story was not good. It was absolutely FLIPPADODDLE-TERRIFIC. I’m not even exaggerating. I am awestruck by every word in this 626 page long book. I haven’t felt this much excitement about books since Harry Potter. Going into both books I was wary but Sarah J. Maas outdid herself in this book. She absolutely outdid herself.

Characters

There were many new characters introduced in this book. Usually I’m wary of new characters being thrown into the mix because they become deadweight. Characters on the sideline, not really doing anything to push the story forward to add depth and eventually becoming a burden on the main character and author. No such thing happened in this book. Each and every character had their own voice and the story had a need for them.

Feyre’s character progression was on point. Although her guilt about leaving Tamlin haunts her for a very long time, I think that her strength, physically, mentally and emotionally, her maturity and actions are purposeful and not over the top. It’s weird to say because this is a book of fiction – I would expect every teenage girl I know to react exactly the way Feyre does in every each situation Feyre was in.

I am in love with a very specific part of this book… I love to hate love in books. I find it cheesy and suffocating to watch a woman fall at a man’s feet and not question him or his love. To bind her life to her partners and to have no personal identity but that did not happen. Not in Fayre’s relationship with Rysand. Neither suffocated the other. The way in which their relationship grew from strength to strength was because Fayre’s ability and uniqueness was nurtured. Her partner’s love for her didn’t suffocate her individuality or choice. She was not mollycoddled, she was loved for her, she was free, she belonged to no-one but herself. There was always a choice and in my opinion it wasn’t a choice she had to fight for, this choice of being an individual despite being in a relationship was presented as a right, a right every woman deserves to have. There was no pity, no knight and shining armour. No-one has labelled they saviour, actually both had talent and ability and both got each other out of tight spots often. A man, just supporting his woman, her choices, respecting her individuality and not suffocating her feels fresh, feels new and yet it should be the norm. A man and woman seen as equals. What an odd thing. What an amazing thing. 

World building 

I don’t how she does it. I don’t understand how Sarah J. Maas is carrying around the entire fictional world of Prythian in her mind. I don’t understand how so fluently and beautifully she presents the world on paper. The Spring Court pales in comparison to beauty and marvel Maas presents us with in the Night Court. The stars, the bridges, the theatres and beauty of the Night Court made me want to tear apart a piece of the world and keep it with me. It infuriated me when the enchanted land was attacked and I, as reader wanted to make those who had breached the sanctity of the walls rue the day they were born.

Have you read A Court of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas? Have you read any of Sarah J. Maas’s books?

Other Sarah J. Maas books I’ve reviewed: Throne Of Glass.

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  • Shelley Wilson

    I’m half way through this book at the moment! As a huge SJMaas fan I was eager to get started on this but had to keep putting it away until I’d completed other projects aaah!! I totally agree with your observation about Feyre finding an equal instead of an oppressor – we need more of this in books – and life! Great review x

    • Thank you for reading my review! I’m so glad you are enjoying the book and that you agree! It’s refreshing to see a female in a book that doesn’t make me cringe, that despite the fiction of her world reacts the way I imagine a teenage girl would react!

  • Dani Cotton

    There definitely need to be more relationships like Feyre and Rhysand’s in YA … and just in general. I love this book so much. I hope the third book continues in this way! x