A Court of Mist and Fury, the sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, caught me off guard. Even though I knew it would be better than the first, I wasn’t expecting anything to hit so near to heart, especially the biggest suspense Sarah J Maas has in store for the readers.
Feyre has been severely impacted mentally and emotionally as a result of the events of A Court of Thorns and Roses. And Tamlin is of little assistance. Feyre is imprisoned in the Spring Court manor house for her own safety. We can breathe a sigh of relief now that she’s back with Tamlin. But not for long, for he wants to place her in a glass cage to protect her from all dangers. All while she withers and breaks from the suffocating confinement. but when she escapes, she’s in for a wild ride.
As if everything wasn’t complicated enough, the Lord of the Night Court enters. It surprised me how Maas uses people we’ve learned to despise to reveal another side that explains why they act the way they do. Though I still have huge issues with the way some of the main characters act despite all of the answers. It’s a difficult pill for me to swallow. Sarah introduces a group of five key new individuals, an inner circle. Who are all quite different from one another, yet damaged and scarred in the same way as Feyre is. I liked how they all grew and developed over the novel. And assisting Feyre in sorting through her brokenness and beginning to heal.
A Court of Mist and Fury may come as a shock to readers who adored Tamlin in the first novel. Tamlin was dominating, controlling, and insecure. By that time, he had become the anti-hero in everyone’s eyes, which is understandable. The concern I had was that while one character’s behavior was inappropriate, the other got away with it.
Rhys was far from a perfect hero, and while his flaws and problems may appear minor in contrast, they never felt right to me. There are some things that happen between Rhysand and Feyre in both books that aren’t healthy or okay.
In A Court of Mist and Fury, I was blown away by Sarah J Maas‘ portrayal of PTSD, which captures the loneliness, suffocation, and fear of the condition so beautifully. One thing I really liked about Feyre’s PTSD was that it didn’t go away, that it didn’t heal on its own. It’s not something I anticipated to come across in a fantasy novel.
Overall, this book was better than the previous book, and the series will entice you to read the next one.
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