Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
[**THIS REVIEW MAY SPOIL A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES**]
Before I really delve into this book review, I just want to point out that I really, really loved this book! This book was a very enjoyable read (and oh so beautifully written), the characters were beyond brilliant and I really liked how everything developed. However, this book has broken my heart is a number of ways, and I want to shout from the rooftops “SARAH J. MAAS PLEASE STOP BREAKING MY POOR LITTLE HEART, I CANNOT TAKE IT ANYMORE!”
Though, I will not lie to you, I did have a few problems with this book — and I really want to discuss them with you.
As always, Sarah J. Maas’ ability to weave an intricate plot with beautiful words is demonstrated throughout each individual page. There is absolutely no denying that Sarah J. Maas possesses a true talent for creating beautiful pieces of fiction. A Court of Mist and Fury is another wonderful example of her skill. Although, there are a number of important plot points, the majority of the novel focuses on the growing relationship between Feyre and Rhysand. Maas does a wonderful job at developing the relationship quite naturally. It feels real, like their love almost jumps off the page. And that’s a wonderful talent to possess.
Though, I must admit, this book could have potentially been a lot shorter. Now, don’t get me wrong, I just love reading anything by Sarah J. Maas — she is definitely my auto-buy author. However, this book was quite long. And I feel like it should have been shortened significantly. I feel as though if it had been more condensed, then the book would have been a lot stronger. (Though, on the other hand, it did mean that I was allowed to spend longer in this world…So, that’s always a plus!)
In the beginning, I was worried that Feyre was going to annoy me. But I think that Maas did a fantastic job at portraying her in a believable light. When I first began reading A Court of Mist and Fury I had no idea what path this book would be taking. In fact, Maas really surprised me. She done a wonderful job at respectfully portraying post-traumatic stress disorder, but also continuing to demonstrate Feyre’s inner strength. At first, she was willing to let Tamlin treat her poorly, mostly because she was broken after the events of the last book, because she felt as though she deserved it. This led to her coming up with a million and one excuses for him. But her perspective completely changed, and I am so happy that Maas wrote Feyre as a character that wouldn’t stand for that kind of controlling behaviour.
Whilst the first book was about Feyre learning to fight for those she loved, this book was about Feyre discovering how important it is to fight for yourself. If anything, this book had the elements of a self-discovery story. I have never seen a protagonist grow and develop so wonderfully before. She is a very different person at the beginning than she was at the end, but it was incredibly believable.
She also completely changed my opinion of Rhysand. I found Rhysand to be an interesting, intriguing and fascinating character in A Court of Thorns and Roses — however, I really didn’t agree with how he treated Feyre. It was completely awful. But this book changed Rhysand as a character, allowing the reader to grasp a different perspective of him. He became someone that was a perfect match for Feyre. Rhysand never tried to control her, he let her decide her own fate and was always a caring friend to his inner circle. He allowed her to become an active participant in his world, rather than something to keep hidden away and be nothing but a wife like Tamlin was trying to do.
Though, to be honest with you, it was hard to really fall in love with Rhysand when remembering what he did to Feyre in the first book (i.e. drugging her). Whilst it was portrayed that he was doing this for her own good, I still don’t find it forgivable. And it makes me question if Maas was trying to romanticise that kind of behaviour. (What is your opinion on this?)
My absolute favourite part of this book was the fact that we were introduced to a number of new characters. Come on, you all agree with me! I loved the characters that Maas introduced, especially the members of Rhysand’s court. They were a wonderful collection of new characters and a great group of friends to grow to love. In fact, the group has a beautiful dynamic, making them an incredibly strong unit, and I loved the long history between them all.
- Mor is probably my favourite character of this series. WITHOUT A DOUBT MOR IS FANTASTIC. I know that we didn’t get to see a lot of Mor (seeing as the story was mostly focusing on Feyre and Rhysand), but I thought that she was wonderful. I am really looking forward to seeing Mor develop more in the next book — though, I would be really interested in an entire book dedicated to this character. Sarah J. Maas please write a book about Mor!
However, I don’t like the fact that we hardly got to see Lucien. There is no doubt in my mind that Lucien was my absolute favourite character in the first book, but he changed completely in this one. This is the second time that Maas has done this to me *coughChaolcough* and I am ultimately left heartbroken. I really look forward to seeing how he develops in the third book, but it is a little disappointing to like a character so much only to have him become utterly unlikable. Does anyone else feel this way?
So, did you love this book as much as I did? I would probably rate this book 4.5 Stars, but my rating system is whole numbers. I really enjoyed this book and I cannot wait until next year when I can read the third one. What did you think of this book? Tell me in the comments below!