Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Main themes: Power, Magic, Love
Rating: 5 stars
In A Court of Thorns and Roses we saw Feyre break Amarantha’s curse and free Prythian from 50 years of pure anguish; but at a great cost. Haunted by the horrors experienced Under the Mountain, Feyre struggles with adjusting to her new life as not only a High Fae, but as the ‘immortal with a human heart’ whose abilities might master everyone else’s. As loved ones and enemies start to show their true colours, Feyre soon finds herself having to decide how she wants to spend her future, and who and what she wants to fight for.
A Court of Mist and Fury certainly didn’t disappoint, it’s such a great read! I loved how in this book we saw the expansion of Prythian, the land where the main protagonists reside. Maas is highly adept at making her fictional world seem so authentic; Prythian is striking and so I enjoyed being able to delve into its history and learn more about the ways of the Fae. And Maas makes it easy for the reader to imagine breathtaking cities such as the Court of Dreams, or even the more harrowing areas such as The Prison. If I was given the chance to take a trip to a fictional world, it would be to experience the beauty and magic of Prythian.
As with the first book, Maas’s style of writing is engaging and flows well. I love how she’s able to change the tone of her writing with ease in order to match the events of the story, such as when Feyre was overcome with emotion and had to fight for someone she cared about. You could just feel the shift in mood and understand Feyre’s burst of fire. I thought Feyre was a much more appealing protagonist in this book and think the journey she takes in this novel will make a lot of readers proud. It was a slow journey but that’s what made it feel even more real. Feyre slowly learned to overcome her fears, to embrace and master her abilities, and to fill the miserable hole in her heart. She’s a fighter and it’s amazing seeing her build herself back up again. There were quite a few people who helped with this process but haha I’ll keep quiet on that.
One thing I liked about this story was how it became more apparent than ever that there’s no good or evil characters, only characters who have done good and bad things; and I think that’s a pretty accurate reflection of what we’re like as humans. There wasn’t really anything that I disliked but I will say that the ending felt just a little rushed. Throughout, the story developed at a steady pace and then during the last few chapters, there’s one shock revelation after another but it wasn’t really something I disliked as such. I think I was just stunned by everything that was happening, by the next day my brain had caught up with my emotions!
But all in all, I had so much fun reading this story. When I wasn’t reading I always found that my mind would wander back to the story and the characters. It’s so easy to grow attached to the ones in this book. Some of the new characters introduced, such as Morrigan and Amren became some of my favourites. I even fell for the High Lord of the Night Court- I was not a fan of Rhysand in the first book and hated a lot of his actions but now I have so much more affection towards him. I also loved how the ending wasn’t a cliffhanger but a flavour of what’s to come, a promise of war. Maas is a talented writer and this book exceeded my expectations. It’s intricately told and a lot can be learnt about the importance of family, loyalty, and how being worlds apart can’t break even the deepest of bonds. I can’t wait for the next book!