11 July, 2016

#BookReview :: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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.

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So! I reread this book once before writing this review. The reason behind it is that I really did not like it the first time around. But having calmed down a bit and rereading it gave me the chance to be more objective about the whole book.

The book starts with Feyre being back at the Spring Court after Amarantha’s spell is broken to free the Fae. She is recovering from her ordeal and at the same time preparing for her wedding to Tamlin. As things settle in and everyone is trying to bring back some normalcy in their lives, things are actually not so great for Feyre. She has to get used to her new Fae body and the power that comes with it. She is also struggling with nightmares from her time under the mountain in Amarantha’s court. She is about to lose it in front of all the guests at her wedding when Rhysand appears to call on his debt. Once in the night court, Feyre’s life starts to change. She finds friends and allies instead of monsters that she expected to meet in the night court. And most importantly, she realizes that she could have a different sort of life. Even with King of Hybern’s imminent attack, Feyre finds out her options!

First, let me tell you why I did not like the book first time around. It has lots of adult content, which I feel could have been done without. It is no secret that I do not like to read about sex in a book which is why I completely avoid erotica. I like books where the chemistry and relationship dynamics are shown, not told. And yes, I feel sex scenes are very telling. But as I said, this was my personal quirk.

Moving on, it was very clear in A Court of Thorns and Roses that Tamlin is a pretty weak character. He may have a great capacity for fae power, but he was a very shitty character. Throughout the book his need for controlling Feyre was very apparent and he did absolutely nothing to help when Feyre turned up at Amarantha’s court. His only redeeming moment was when he sent Feyre back to the human realm to keep her safe. Rhysand on the other hand always made it clear that there is more to him than what seems. He saved Feyre the moment he met her. He again did a lot under the mountain to keep Feyre safe. And he even picked up the dagger to kill Maeve. So it did not come as a surprise to me when Rhysand’s true character and motives are revealed in this book. However, I have to admit that I did underestimate his powers and plan.

And oh! Can we just take a moment to talk about the Court of Dreams? Cassian and Azriel are such opposite personalities, yet I do not know who I admire more. Then there is Mor! What wouldn’t I give to have a friend like her? And Amren, I shiver to think what her true form could do! I absolutely adore these people and could see them as the ones who change the world. Nesta and Elain have much bigger roles to play in this book. I liked Nesta in the last book as she turned out to be a stronger character than I initially expected. Elain too plays her part well in this book and I cannot wait to see her future in the series. Lucien though is a character I am not so sure about. At times (over both the book) he had been the only friend around for Feyre, yet in he hunts Feyre under Tamlin’s orders. Is he good? Or is he bad? He has the potential to be both but which way will he go?

I am curious about King of Hybern and his plans and can hardly wait to see what hell Feyre raises in the Spring Court.

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