A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas is the second in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, the first of which was an adaptation of the age old classic Beauty and the Beast. This book follows a similar theme, this time in the form of tale of Hades and Persephone (in which Persephone is lured down to the underworld and is forced to stay with Hades for six months of each year).
(There will be ACOTAR (book 1) spoilers throughout the rest of this review)
In this addition Feyre is readying to marry Tamlin, the faery she willing walked Under the Mountain for, but is discovering life in the Spring Court isn’t as idyllic as it seemed when she was human. Or maybe it’s too idyllic. Either way Feyre is not so sure she can spend the rest of her immortal life being coddled, kept inside and expected to provide heirs for her High Lord husband-to-be.
Enter Rhysand stage right. If you’ll remember in the last book he and Feyre struck a deal, in exchange for healing Feyre’s wounds he wanted her for a week of every month for the rest of her life. Feyre, who is still having nightmares about her time spent Under the Mountain, is abruptly stolen away from the Spring Court by Rhysand, calling on their previous bargin. Rhysand gives Feyre the space and freedom she so desperately needs to be able to fully heal from the horrors of her final days as a human.
But now Feyre has to work out what she wants to do with her life. Can she marry Tamlin when she is not truly happy with him? Could it be Tamlin doesn’t understand what she needs anymore? How much has her experiences Under the `Mountain changed her? And how does Rhysand, and his secretive court, fit in to all of this?
Sarah J Maas always has a kick-ass, slightly rowdy band of misfits in her books, and this was not exception. In this book we are introduced to Rhysand’s Court; Mor, Amren, Cassian and Azriel, and like always there where absolutely amazing. Sarah’s group dynamics are always well defined but by the end of this book, with characters that only came into play at the 150 page mark, we knew all of their ticks, their relationships to one another, their individual personalities, and I felt like we knew them for way longer then one book (hell, it feels like we’ve known them all for a whole series). I am way to attached to all of these characters now, so Sarah better not lift a finger against any of them or she’ll have me to contend with!
In this book Sarah J Maas explores some tough themes, including the unique needs someone experiencing a form of PTSD can have in regards to relationships and friendships. This book focuses on character development, and when I look back at the characters from the start it is almost impossible to match them up with the characters by the end, which you may expect of a book of its length (at 600 pages this book is rather mammoth) but I was blown away by what Sarah J Maas has once again proved to be her strongest point: characterisation.