A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s on May 3, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance
“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”
WOWOWOOW. I know I start a lot of my reviews with the same few phrases. Truth be told, when I really love the book I’m left speechless and with only a few words to portray accurately online how I feel without just screaming.
I don’t have much to say for the spoiler free section because I want too desperately to talk about the content so I’ll leave it short and sweet:
I wasn’t sure where the series was headed and I was hesitant to start this book when I so easily could have left the series behind and pretended like the first book was a standalone. I’M SO GLAD I DIDN’T. If you had doubts like me, where you found the ACOTAR wrapped up nicely and why, oh, why are there 2 other books? then continue reading. This book is simply too good not to. Perfectly paced, handing the reader the perfect amounts of information as to not overwhelm, and keeping you riveted from around chapter 3-5 on (I won’t lie. I still had doubts in the beginning but only because #1 didn’t leave me needing more).
Run, don’t walk. Pick up this book. You won’t regret it.
Now… onto my spoiler portion of the review. If you haven’t read the book, go grab it and catch up so we can talk please! If you have read…let’s get comfy and chat.
I will go more into depth about my WOW feelings because currently that’s exactly how I’m feeling. I just finished about…10 minutes ago. It isn’t the best to sit and write a review immediately after (I like to gather my thoughts) but I need to talk about this book and it’s currently 2 am so I’m feeling chatty.
As I mentioned before, I definitely wasn’t sure if I wanted to pick up Mist and Fury. Thorns and Roses just ended so nicely. Amarantha was dead, Hybern wasn’t really a looming threat, Tamlin and Feyre were back together. The only real thing that I felt was propelling the series on was the bargain Feyre and Rhysand made. I had heard this series had a love triangle and while I’m not opposed to love triangles, I didn’t want this series to just revolve around the triangle. I was afraid with that being the only big tether (IMO. These were my initial thoughts after finished thorns and roses) it was too weak to hold up a series. I held off on buying the book for a while. Then, I realized I needed a book to read and so I caved and decided to give the series another shot.
Boy, am I glad I did.
Mist and Fury did take a little to take off. The book starts off with a broken Feyre. She’s broken and haunted by the events Under the Mountain. She can’t heal. She is heavy under her guilt. She is still getting used to her immortal body. She and Tamlin are happy as can be…at least she thinks they are. Right?
She hated the role she had to play. The dull, mundane role of a High Lord’s wife. Er, fiancee? Let’s hop to the chase, three months passed with no sign of Rhysand. That was the one thing I was looking forward to! Then finally we got to the wedding and Feyre was having a breakdown. She couldn’t do it. She needed someone to save her.
Our savior clad in black and brooding. A favorite combo of mine it seems I must admit… He shows up just in time to whisk her off upholding the bargain they made under the mountain.
It was still a little dull for a while. No real action, but at least we had Rhysand and his wit. I’ll be honest. I didn’t want to fall in love with Rhysand. In Roses I immediately loved Tamlin. Immediately trusted him. I was convinced that it would be him and only him, triangle be damned. Oops. Sarah J Maas did a good job of painting him as perfect and golden in Roses and did an even better job in Mist of stripping him of his perfection (he was still golden to the bittersweet end of the book). I had heard that she was good at changing how you see the love interests and I thought I had a steel heart that wouldn’t be swayed. Apparently I was as easy to sway as Feyre. I will say, it was disappointing to see Tamlin in this light that Maas shone on him. Was it all apart of a bigger plan? Yes. Did I like it at first? No. Did I eventually learn to move on? Way too quick, yeah.
But as Tamlin continued to lock Feyre away and not even give her a chance to speak, he lost the luster he had in Roses. Where he was golden, he tarnished. Then when he locked Feyre up and it was Mor and Rhysand there to save Feyre, it was the final nail in the coffin. Even if Feyre knew it before I did.
In fact, it was much easier to get over Tamlin and forget why he was so great when he probably was in the book for a total of 50 pages (this is a 600+ page book). Rhysand was everywhere but I wasn’t upset. I love his wit and his personality. And when he offered Feyre what Tamlin couldn’t and comforted her when Tamlin didn’t know how, I slowly warmed up to him.
Can we talk about Velaris? I wish I could visit it in real life. I kept picturing a beautiful coastal Italian city. I don’t know why. Anyway, I want to walk the Artists Quarter. I want to see the stars. I want to see it all.
Mor was one of my favorite additions to the book. She is so fun to have around and definitely someone Feyre needed. She wanted to be friends with her when Feyre was still pledging loyalty to the Spring Court. I loved seeing Mor and Amren, two women, so powerful. They were badass to say the least. Amren was more lovable than I thought she’d be. I’m still so curious to know what realm she really is from and I hope that question gets answered by the end of this series.
I had so many questions in this book and I wanted to know so many things but Maas did not info dump ever. Instead she spoon fed me the information, and while frustrating, it kept me so interested. I would read until 2:30 every morning until my eyes burned and I made myself put the book down. For me, the pacing of the book was perfect. There was action where needed (not too much, not too little), enough witty banter between Feyre and Rhysand to keep me laughing or cringing, and enough world building to keep it feeling real. These are all marks of a great book. I was hardly halfway through when I decided I was in love with this book. It became all I thought about. Night and day. I haven’t read a book that kept me riveted like this in a long time.
Now to the juicer stuff. After I started getting wholly onboard, I wanted Feyre and Rhysand to just get together already. They danced around each other 60% of this book! Rhysand would tease her and make innocuous jokes and Feyre would shoot one back, and it helped her heal. But I wanted it to be real. They kept getting close to admitting something but then they’d part ways and be amicable instead. I thought we were so close to them finally admitting something after they visited the Summer Court but NO. Feyre was clearly jealous when Rhysand disappeared with Cresseida. Did she do anything about it? No. We even got oh, so painfully close to admittance from Rhysand and Feyre but instead, they stole the first half of the book they needed. We also got close after the Court of Nightmares. So, SO close. Instead the fight that I thought was going to end on better terms, ended with them not seeing each other for a day or two. Frustrating. Again, I was so insanely frustrated but I was also so happy it didn’t happen so early on. It was a good frustration. Then we got close after the Starfall night? I can’t remember the exact name of it, but that was frustratingly close too. Then finally we got close when they stayed at the grungy inn in the attic. It wasn’t so much a confession as it was…other things. Then, Rhysand was ambushed and Feyre nearly lost her mind trying to get him back. This part literally had me on the edge of my seat. I was into it and I was losing my own mind. Feyre was so insanely badass when she winnowed to follow Rhysand’s scent trail, and ripped apart the guards to save him. Then even better when she winnowed him to safety and literally let him drink her blood to save his life. Also, round of applause for the return of hunter Feyre. I missed that girl. When she snagged the Suriel I was so excited. Classic Feyre. Then it led to my favorite part.
When Feyre found out Rhysand was her mate, my jaw was on the floor. I was stunned and it solidified what I had suspected for a while. There was no love triangle. Clearly after Feyre was taken to Velaris, I realized there was no competition. There was only one guy and it was Rhysand. Tamlin just didn’t fit for Feyre anymore (but the lack of him being in the book couldn’t get me to make up my mind on why. I could talk through my theories on that for days) but Rhysand was perfect for who Feyre was now. The mate status just solidified it in concrete and stone and whatever else makes it more than permanent. Again, I was shook. Feyre instead was so angry. I couldn’t figure out why she was angry but I let her be angry and I kind of enjoyed it. When Feyre is fiery and mad, she’s a little more fun. When she had Mor take her away and Mor took her to the cabin, I was thinking yes. Of course I wanted to hear Rhysand speak and I wanted those two to chat it out (for crying out loud, we were finally where I needed it), but Feyre running to be on her own was great. She painted the whole house which made me happy, I’d been awaiting the return of her painting for a while. Then my favorite trope happened. You know the one: when the MC expects a specific person to be on the other side of the door but instead it’s the love interest waiting to talk to them. Thankfully, she let Rhysand in and we got the explanation of everything we needed. Rhysand’s side of the story showed that while I thought Maas had been planning it since the end of the first book, she had really been planning it since like page one of Roses. I felt played! Again, the love triangle thing seems comical now. Also, the look Rhysand gave Feyre at the end of Roses FINALLY made sense. Everything fell into place.
We had a happy few pages. They got the second half of the book then all hell broke loose. Velaris was attacked and they cracked the code. We were finally going to the Cauldron. Then my mental breakdowns happened in rapid fire.
The book completely took over Feyre’s mind and they failed their original plan. When Tamin and Lucien showed up it took so much processing. I didn’t understand at first. I ws confused. Then Hybern brought out the queens and Nesta and Elain. Azriel was shot, Cassien’s wings were ruined. There were too many variables. Then Hybern insisted on using Feyre’s sisters as proof the cauldron worked. Let me tell you, Nesta is going to be a force to be reckoned with (also I think Nesta and Cassien will be cannon). Also, when Lucien said that Elain was his mate I literally screamed. !!! Are we being pranked? How is this going to help or hurt? But after the mate business with Feyre and Rhysand, I have no doubts it will come into play down the road. Anyway, when Feyre decided to sacrifice herself…again…by breaking the mate bond I was about to rip my hair out. All of that work. Gone. I was heartbroken for Rhysand.
Maas fooled even the readers. Thank god they had a back up plan. Feyre became the High Lady I wanted her to be all along and the mating bond couldn’t be shattered. I felt triumphant when I thought I was going to have to quit before my heart broke. The last few pages was a rollercoaster of emotions. I can’t wait to read the next one. Does Lucien see through Feyre’s lies? How fast will she get back to Rhysand? How much will we learn about Tamlin? So many more questions to be answered and finally a cliffhanger to propel me to buy the next book.
Tl;dr if you read it and loved it like I did and need someone to chat with, hit me up below. I could talk about this series for days. I can’t wait to pick up the next one and be caught up with the rest of the world on this series!
Also if you’re a music junkie like me and need music when reading…I made a playlist of songs that give me all those ACOTAR feels! Linked here