This book was everything I could hope it would be, and more. Sarah J. Maas has been a favourite author of mine from the first time I read Throne Of Glass. I finally found an author who wrote real, badass women who could kick ass. I thoroughly revelled in reading the Throne Of Glass series, Celaena experienced true, raw emotions and was real. In all sense, in all being, she was a real woman. Then, I heard Sarah J. Maas had decided to write another series, A Court Of Thorns and Roses. It was great, of course.
Now, A Court Of Mist and Fury, was everything A Court Of Thorns and Roses had built up, and it delivered legions more. If you haven’t read the first book, then I thoroughly recommend you do, simply so you can read this gem.
Also, from this point on, there are minor spoilers. I lie, definite MASSIVE spoilers because I cannot contain my love for this book without them. When you read it, you’ll know.
Feyre is one of the most relatable, honest and real characters I have come across in a long time. She faces this, deep, dark internal struggle and believes the relationship she is in, is right and true and this man is the love of her life. Because they experienced this true horror, they should be together. Yet, this book, it shows her journey, through realising this man is not her true love at all, he is in love with the idea of her, but not actually with her, with the whole, true Feyre. And I love this book for showing us that. That the canon relationship from the first book, is not canon at all. It’s a illusion of love, but not the real thing. It’s the realisation that your true love is rarely the first person you fall in love with. Love comes in many forms – and this book explores that. More than many YA fantasy books I’ve read before. This, this is is prime Sarah J. Maas territory.
It’s very easy, for the age group this book is directed at, to relate to Feyre. I adore this, broken, lost, lonely girl that is trying to find her place in the world. I’ve felt like that, and I’m sure many, many of the readers have felt that way too.
Now, I mentioned this book already defies expectation when it comes to breaking the expected relationship of the series. Which is so refreshing. This book defies a lot of expectation, there is no love triangle (THANK YOU MAAS, THANK YOU).
It defies expectation of ‘the bad guy’, it delves deeper into back stories, and all the truth and lies that you only ever see spun from the ‘heroes’ point of view. The bad guy is not a bad guy, he’s also not a good guy, he’s just trying to do that right thing in a world of wrong. He too, is gut-wrenchingly broken in a world trying to repair itself from the horrors of the first book. He has a small group, his Inner Court, that he will go to the ends of the world for. This supporting characters so to speak, are also a great cast of witty, determined, savage, survivors – whose backstories, are each so devastating, that the friendship is so deserving, you cannot help but root for them. Dream for them. Grow such a fond attachment that you feel everything along with them.
The story itself is spun together nicely, the pacing is good that it doesn’t overwhelm you. The wit and humour relieves the darkness and the tension. It is honestly an incredibly enjoyable read. And I would recommend to any YA fiction reader, any fantasy reader, to read this series.