Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher/Year: Bloomsbury USA 3/21/16
Length: 527 Pages
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
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.
It’s taken me quite some time to finish this book and i have to say that it’s NOT at all because of the story since it’s amazing. I’ve just been beyond busy with life so apologies. In any event, in this 2nd book of the series, we are taken to heights and places where you’d never imagine, seeing bonds form and grow, seeing the threat of war come over and over and seeing so much hate and deceit appear that you can’t even believe who’s the liar and traitor anymore.
As you remember at the end of the first book, Feyre was able to break the curse that Amarantha had on the people, Rhys was free from her and could go home, and Feyre was able to go back to be with Tamlin, her love – with the hitch that she’s not immortal, and has the powers of each of the 7 high lords.
While life seems to be returning to some sense of order, we see that Feyre is unsettled, she wants to be included, she wants to be able to make her own choices and that’s not something that Tamlin allows. It’s not until the day of her wedding that we see truly how unhappy and terrified she is of that life, when she begs in her head to be saved, that Rhys comes and takes her away – and her life is changed forever.
That’s where the story takes us – we are now in another place, with Rhys, his close friends and ‘family’ and we see what they truly are – what caused their friendships and bonds to form and how completely tied to one another they are that they would give their lives to protect each other. It’s Rhys who allows Feyre to be strong, to participate where she wants, even if it makes him uncomfortable because she continues to prove herself. She begins to own her powers and that’s something that becomes quite handy throughout.
When the threat of war becomes real, when we see that the King of Hybern is resurrecting someone that should be left for dead, they know that they have to get their hands on a sacred text in the hopes that they can keep this holy war from happening, but as they think they are making progress, they find that they have been tricked. Too many die, too may are hurt, and we see the family split up. Feyre’s sisters are now not what they were, and Elain finds herself bonded to a Fae in a way that she would have never thought.
Feyre’s role in everything is quite intense, she’s not just the cursebreaker, not just the immortal human, but she’s got more power than anyone’s ever seen, and she needs to choose carefully how to wield it so that she can be successful.
Where we end up at the end of this 2nd installment is a place of confusion, anxiety, and heartbreak. Loves are torn apart, and families are broken beyond repair. there are still liars and people playing both sides – and i think that where this story goes in the next installment will show everyone’s true colors. We still don’t know if war is coming to the mortal lands, to break down the wall, and i am almost afraid to see whats going to come of it.
This series though, to be clear is so nicely written – it’s so much more than a story about faerie realms which is something that i don’t like. Yes that’s part of the premise, but our author wrote it so well that the character development, the relationships, the bonds and loves, those are so deep that you can’t help but to be so wrapped up into the story. I’m excited to see what comes next and completely sad that i have to wait. Have a great day all though!