Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

By Chloe Sladden Turner

If it wasn’t possible for the Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series to get any better, its sequel changes everything, Sarah J Maas led you to believe previously.

In a Court of Mist and Fury, Feyre has survived her terrifying ordeal, under the mountain with Amaranthus, an evil powerful fae. She was forced to see her lover Tamlin forced to be at Amarantha’s side, and to make a bargain with Rhysand, (High Lord of the h Night Court) to spend a week a month for the rest of her immortal life in his court. Not to mention the free innocent faerie she killed to save Tamlin, and the price she paid.

She died, but not long for long. The High fae who make up the High Lords of all the faerie courts: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, Day, Dawn and Night, combined their powers to resurrect Feyre. Except she wasn’t the Feyre they knew, she was now High fae and had a combination of all the high lord’s powers.

Her new fae body and her return to the Spring Court of Faeries with Tamlin and Lucien, take their toll on Feyre. Everything slowly begins to come crashing down. Although Tamlin proposed upon their return and she accepted, he has started to treat her like his prize for surviving the mountain and wants her to be the perfect housewife who hosts and breeds faeries.

This changes when she decides she can’t go through marrying Tamlin, on her wedding day! Her silent cry for help sees Rhysand rushing over to save her by calling in his monthly bargain.

Here, Feyre feels respected and free deposited her constant bickering with Rhysand, he proceeds to show her how to read and write, and then the secret sub court he rules over. The city of Verlais, where his inner circle includes his second Cassian, his third Mor, and Amren and Azriel. Now, Feyre must decide whether to stay loyal to Tamlin and be his perfect submissive bride or join the growing war against rival faerie land, Hybern with Rhysand and his court.

Now, the same high age as the ones she once despised, Feyre must make a choice, one that will change the fae and mortal lands forever.

The plot twists in this sensational sequel, (to A Court of Thorns and Roses) are always around the corner, the false sense of security with the series, from the plotlines of the first novel, makes for an unpredictable sequel novel.

While the struggles Feyre goes through, from her family’s provider to the traditional housewife role, that Tamlin wanted her to play, as his love for her slowly turns to obsession, to the witty, strong, educated, who sees what she saw as flaws as her strengths, she becomes as high fae makes her an important feminist icon.

If you’re looking for a good book series to read, today on International Woman’s Day, look no further now Sarah J Maas with her series, Throne of Glass and now in the second instalment of ACOTAR, A Court of Mist and Fury!

 

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Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas