“To the stars who listen – and the dreams that are answered.” ~Rhysand, A Court of Mist and Fury
As many of you all already know, I was both excited and anxious to start reading A Court of Mist and Fury after finishing A Court of Thorns and Roses (the first novel in this series) a few weeks ago. I had really, really enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses; but, I worried that A Court of Mist and Fury would not live up to my high expectations. I usually feel as though the second book in a series isn’t as strong as the first one, which often taints my perspective of the series as a whole. However, A Court of Mist and Fury isn’t just good – it is exceptional. I loved it even more than A Court of Thorns and Roses.
A Court of Mist and Fury is a lot more fast-paced than its prequel, which I personally liked. In addition, Feyre is involved in all the action scenes, and I really like the message this book sends about strong, independent young women. There also isn’t much of Tamlin in this novel, which is a relief (you can check out my review and character discussion for A Court of Thorns and Roses here. I go into detail about my favorite and least favorite characters). I personally didn’t like Tamlin’s overprotective character and tendency to view humans as objects; therefore, I was pleased when Feyre decided to ally with Rhysand, who treats her like the brave and capable person she is, giving her freedom while genuinely looking out for her well-being.
The stark contrast between the way Tamlin and Rhysand treat their friends in this novel also caused me to lose all respect for Tamlin and revere Rhysand. While Tamlin and Lucien are really close, there is a limit to where their friendship extends. Tamlin often bosses Lucien around, giving little to no value to his opinions. Rhysand, on the other hand, cares for his “Inner Circle” like family. His love for them is clearly shown, and he will go to any length to protect them and his people, even if that requires risking his own life. My favorite parts about this novel are the fictional city of Velaris in the Night Court and Rhysand’s Inner Circle, which consists of the four people closest to him – his courageous cousin Mor, his powerful Second-in-Command Amren, his cold and withdrawn spy Azriel, and his fiery army leader Cassian. I fell in love with these characters almost instantly after they were introduced, and their relationships and dynamics were highly entertaining and deeply moving throughout Feyre’s journey as she becomes comfortable with this group.
Of course, Sarah J. Maas never fails to stun me with her well-written endings, and this one has me wondering how I’ll be able to wait until 2017 for the next installment in the series! I hope to see more of Lucien (who I sincerely hope will choose his friendship with Feyre over his alliance with Tamlin) and Feyre’s sisters in the next book. All in all, the storyline of A Court of Mist and Fury is breathtaking and will not fail to please!