“I peered into the dark, gleaming interior of the can I’d opened: blue. […] I painted all day. And when the sun vanished, I painted all through the night” (507).
I love Sarah J. Maas’ storytelling. She paints this amazing world. A world I don’t want to live in, because let’s face it I’m not brave enough to survive in it. But it is a world that I love to dream about while safely tucked in my bed.
A Court of Mist and Fury might be my favourite book of 2016. Although I loved A Court of Thorns and Roses, Sarah J. Maas just seems to hit one right note after the other in the second novel of the series. To all of you who have not read A Court of Thorns and Roses yet, please beware this review contains spoilers. If you are looking for a spoiler-free review of the first instalment, check it out here.
A Court of Mist and Fury opens with Feyre trying to come to terms with what happened Under the Mountain where she made a deal with Rhysand to spend one week a month with him at his court, was forced to kill two High Fae, almost died and finally became High Fae herself. It is not a surprise that Feyre is not able to forgive herself for what happened. The Spring Court slowly seems to turn into a prison and the time she spends at Rhysand’s court is her only escape.
This short intro might convince you it is a quite dark novel, but to me this couldn’t be further from the truth which this quote perfectly demonstrates (my favourite quote of the book by the way and I guess everybody else’s fav too):
“To the people who look at the stars and wish […] To the stars who listen—and the dreams that are answered” (337).
Quite a few new characters are introduced in A Court of Mist and Fury. I absolutely love all the characters who form Feyre’s new family. Another treat is we learn a lot more about Rhysand. Who doesn’t love a tall, dark and mysterious guy? Feyre’s character development in this novel is amazing. She starts off as an insecure girl forced into the damsel role and transforms into one fierce woman who can defend herself and the people she loves. Tamlin is not as present in this book. Although I admit to liking Tamlin in A Court of Thorns and Roses, I almost despise him in A Court of Mist and Fury. When rereading the first book, all those flaws that are so evident in the second novel were already present in the first.
I don’t want to give anything (else) away, but what I will tell you is: if you haven’t already read this book, you definitely should. It is a book about self-discovery, friendship and true love. It is full of drama, funny scenes, ooh and aah moments and I literally clapped my hands after reading certain sections. Hence my most anticipated book of 2017 will be ACOTAR3!
Maas, Sarah J. A Court of Mist and Fury. London, Oxford, New York, New Delhi and Sydney: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2016.