Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Pages: 624 pages
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Series 2
Genre(s): Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance
Reviewed by: mkgdes
Feyre is immortal.
After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.
As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.
She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two. (Source: Goodreads.com)
(Note: A little warning wouldn’t hurt. There will be a non-spoilery and spoilery things, and tons of fangirling and dying whale noises beyond this point.)
If “A Court of Thorns and Roses” is beyond goodness, “A Court of Mist and Fury” is on a whole new level and has exceeded farthest beyond my expectations, a complete definition of second book syndrome. The book has been hyped even before its release and it was not a disappointment. I was not even prepared for the turn of events, going on a full turn of 360 degrees. A Court of Mist and Fury is truly phenomenal.
Sarah J. Maas has captivated my attention when I first read her books with its plot. I am a fan of fantasy and faerie realms, so to speak. Sarah’s engaging plot would truly make you stay in a nook to finish it cover to cover. The setting would have you ruined, with its great imagery and intricate details of which your imaginations run wild. I’m sure, you’d probably wished you were in one of the courts.
With ACOTAR’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast, ACOMAF is a retelling of the underrated mythology story of the King of the Underworld and Persephone. But while ACOTAR was an introduction, ACOMAF had laid its foundation, established the story and everything just clicks right into its places. It’s that ray of sunshine amidst the tunnel of darkness. Everything was great and everything has turned upside down.
When Jo had been mewling that I should read Sarah’s works, she dumped ACOTAR on my lap. And as an act of good graces, I had return the favor of bombarding her with expletive messages in the wee hours of dawn. Our friendship had probably gone into an extensive therapy due to the ships we were both sailing under different wind directions. I was sailing my banners under the Court of Spring. I was a Tamlin fan. There was only Tamlin the protector, the lover, the overprotective beloved. And gradually, the tides have turned.
Arrogant. Prick. Cunning. Asshole. Sassy. Words to live by when you describe Rhysand. He’s your complete bad-boy next door. In the course of reading ACOMAF, he had the breath knocked out of me. His humor probably won me and going through his backstory, you’d probably understand the nobility and villainy out of Rhysand. What I wouldn’t give to have a book out of Rhysand’s point of view. Anyone would probably agree to that.
This will be a long rant about Rhysand and Tamlin.
Feyre was in an abusive relationship with Tamlin. But while Feyre denies the fact that she was in that relationship, it was an eye-opener for me to see Tamlin’s character spiraling out of control. Actually, it was in ACOTAR that my heart had sunk when Tamlin didn’t even have the balls to stand up with Feyre. He had pitched Feyre to Amarantha’s claws. Tamlin was controlling, and a top-notch overprotective lover. He treats Feyre as an object to be owned, and by the cauldron, how does he even sleep peacefully while Feyre battles with her nightmares and is tearing herself apart from the aftermath of the battle? I had enough of Tamlin’s shit when Feyre came back and had asked her to plot against Rhysand, not even asking her how he’d faired during her tenure on his enemy’s territory. Tamlin never gave Feyre the space she needed. His stronghold of love had Feyre caged, unable to breathe, and lived freely.
All the while, the ‘villainous‘ Rhysand was weaving his way into the hero he really is, even in ACOTAR when Feyre had breathed her last, Rhysand didn’t think twice so as to stretch his help for her. In ACOMAF, everything clicks into places. The foreshadowings and secrets were revealed in the course of ACOMAF. As early as a few chapters, Rhysand’s redemptions were revealed. Slowly, his mask was breaking. Behind that, was a rich history, detailing what he really is, and how he truly is.
Rhysand’s dynamic relationship with Feyre is so good. Not only did he win her over, he had her friendship void of any trickery, and because Feyre had chosen him on her own will. Feyre accepted the broken man he truly is. Two broken souls had found themselves in each other, leaning on each other’s strengths and weaknesses, and always believing in each other. Feyre is Rhysand’s equal in every way. He gave her the liberty she truly deserves. He gave her the right to choose what’s best for her. He does not manipulate her to his bidding. And, Rhysand even learned to let her go even though he knew it would probably break him again. Losing that one thing you love is the courageous thing to do.
Having all that revelations had my heart sing in joy. Kindred Spirits. Puzzles have fit in.
Everything was really for Rhysand and Feyre. Now, that reminds me that villains do get their happy endings too, and sometimes, your first love isn’t your true love.
Also, I love Rhysand’s Inner Circle. They’d probably be the best #SQUADGOALS anyone could have. Amren, Cassian, Azriel, and Mor are the people you would want to have in good times and preferably during the bad times. Their bond had made them unbreakable, a perfect understanding of friendship and protection from each other, making them irreparable. Mor is my absolute fave, because of the friendship she had with Feyre. And while Feyre had her sisters, Mor became her sister in the Fae World.
Ianthe might be one of the double-faced character I’m eyeing out on. Her character was a little too shady, a mystery, buts slowly her motives peels off. I can’t wait how her character turns out in the next book.
And Lucien. OH.MY.CAULDRON. Jo, wanted me to talk about it, but I’ll leave it in a jaw-dropping face, so as you’d have to read what happened there. I could rant it all day but let’s give you guys something worth grabbing the book. And by the way, Lucien is one of my fave characters. If only he could join the inner circle.
Let’s not talk about the ending. It only made me crave for the next book arriving on my doorsteps right at this very instant.
To the readers out there who loves High Fantasy and romance, grab your copy of “A Court of Thorns and Roses” as well as “A Court of Mist and Fury”.