‘A Court of Mist and Fury’ by Sarah J. Mass

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“To the people who look up at the stars and wish.”
“To the stars who listen – and the dreams that are answered.”

Painted in shades of the classic myth, Hades and Persephone, A Court of Mist and Fury shines high above its predecessor, A Court of Thorns and Roses. This is an incredibly unique fantasy book. I think I liked the second book more for the love and heart that it contained. The first book is all about Feyre, the human fighting to save herself and High Lord Tamlin from the evil queen, Amarantha, underneath the mountain. The continuation keeps you right on the edge of your seat. Now that Feyre is immortal, she is left to deal with the bloody consequences of what happened Under the Mountain. Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court and her lover has his own demons to battle. Between planning for their wedding and the new High Priestess in residence propping and puffing up Feyre like a puppet, both Tamlin and Feyre tuck their troubles under the rug. We see Feyre begging anyone to help her out of this hell as she didn’t know Tamlin as the High Lord of the Spring Court and now he is a very overprotective boyfriend who locks her up in her ivory tower.

This is one of the things I love best about Sarah J. Maas’s novels. Rather than settling for a happily ever after, Maas takes you beyond the ending you expected and makes her characters face consequences for their actions. She made me fall in love with Tamlin and Lucien in the first book as they introduce Feyre to the world of Prythian. And then during Under the Mountain, she had me aching for the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand. Something about the way Rhys treated Feyre Under the Mountain made me love him maybe a bit more

Rhysand and Feyre are connected through a bargain that she made to save herself. Rhys makes his reappearance with a classic dramatic entrance, subsequently pissing everyone off and then doing his best to make Feyre and us the readers fall in love with him. He whisks her away to his Night Court, if only to give her the freedom she needs and the fighting skills to help them win the oncoming war. She has powers of all seven High Lords and she figures out exactly what this means. She comes to love the hidden City of Starlight, Velaris. Since Feyre has powers from every court she is used to detect books and articles that could nullify the cauldron’s powers which is being used by the antagonist to destroy the Mortal Realm. She flourishes under Rhys’ guiding hand and comes to respect him for the things he has done to save her. Feyre comes to realize that as a young girl painting the night sky she might have been already longing for this connection with Rhysand. And this is why she was repelled at the idea of marrying Tamlin – they aren’t meant for each other. I love all of the names Feyre earns throughout the story – Cursebreaker, Lady of the Spring Court, Saviour of Prythian, Emissary to the Night Court, my favourite being the Defender of the Rainbow and finally the title High Lady of the Night Court that Rhysand shares with her in order to rule the kingdom. The Night Court was just as terrifying and dreamlike as I could have imagined and the sort of place I would happily live. As Feyre meets Rhys’s inner court, and the High Lord’s many masks begin to unfold, she slowly begins to piece herself back together. As they travel to other fae courts and realms, both achingly gorgeous and frightening, Feyre slowly becomes the immortal Fae she chooses to be.

“So I’m your huntress & thief?” “You are my salvation, Feyre.”

” I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”

Throughout the book, the reader goes on an emotional journey with Feyre as she grows into her power and demonstrates strength that comes from respecting herself and what she is now (a pretty damn strong High Fae) – an excellent thing for any young woman to read. It is an inspiration for feminists across the world.

Maas has a way with creating in-depth characters I come to care about. She effortlessly brings them to life, as well as their stories, and vividly detailed worlds. I loved getting to go deeper into the Fae world, being introduced to more characters, and seeing the different parts of their world. I loved getting to know the Night Court. Maas has always created characters that really add depth to the story, and the Night Court was no different. I loved meeting and getting to know Rhys’s inner circle.

These characters weren’t only friends, they are family, and it really showed in their story. Along with the Night Court, which has become my favourite court, I loved seeing more of the other characters, and learning about their histories, and ties together with their courts.

Reviewed by Meera Nair

 

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