Hi friends! Looking at my calendar after finishing this book, I’m hoping I’ll be able to get through my next two reads before the end of the month. With that being said, I’m going to be pushing back reading the third and final book in this trilogy until November, after my spooky read-a-thon in October. Don’t worry, I’ll get around to it eventually, I promise! I’m far too much of a completionist to not finish a series.
Synopsis & Quick Thoughts
A Court of Mist and Fury is the sequel to the popular title A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. After Feyre’s actions Under the Mountain, she returns home with Tamlin traumatized, lost, and depressed. The roles that Tamlin and Rhysand play in her life are going more and more confusing, and Feyre must discover who she is, her role in Prythian, the extent of her powers, and what she wants after all.
This book is most certainly better than its predecessor in the series in almost every regard. There’s no middle book syndrome here, which surprised me, and I will definitely continue on with the series despite my sneaking suspicion that this book will be the best of the three. I sunk more time into it than I would have liked, but overall I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome of this sequel.
I was pleasantly surprised at the subversion of tropes found here. I won’t give away any spoilers, but I thought for sure that there was going to be a cliché love triangle present as a dominant plot factor, and that’s not the direction this book went in. In fact, I really enjoyed almost every relationship in this book, both romantic and platonic. They were well-established and developed and the different dynamics between each of the main characters were fun to read and become invested in.
Also, the world-building was pretty dope! I felt myself being drawn back into the book and wanting to read it specifically because of the atmosphere developed in each of the Courts (but let’s be real, especially the Night Court). Being able to see more of the Fae world was much more fun this time around, and I appreciated that there was less time spent in the mortal world in this novel, since the characters and the environment there are some of my least favorite in canon.
Finally, the ending? Wow! Actually so good; I was right on the edge of my seat the whole time and I seriously thing I gasped at Feyre’s actions, which is very dramatic and something I never do. Really excited to see how things play out in the beginning of the next book since I don’t even know what to think anymore.
Uh, writing bad. Bad bad. If I hear the word ‘mate’ one more time I’m going to rip all the hair out of my head and since I have OCD where that’s a compulsion for me anyway you better bet your ass I’ll do it. There were sooooo many monologues with exposition that I had pretty much gleaned from other conversations but that apparently Sarah J. Maas though the readers were too dumb to piece together for themselves. Mor gave one. Rhysand gave one. The King of Hybern gave one. I’m over it. Way too much telling and not enough showing. Actually, there was an okay amount of showing, I just don’t need to also be told right after I’m shown. It really drags in terms of pacing.
Also, I get weirdly uncomfy with animalistic actions and noises being projected onto main characters. How does someone growl as a human? I’m trying to do it at my desk at work right now. No. Stop. Also, wings are not sexy. Maybe that’s a hot take but I was over here imagining Feyre having sex with a bird. Like a big eagle. And that’s gross.
Rating & Final Thoughts
A Court of Mist and Fury is a 3.5 out of 5 star read for me. I feel like such a basic bitch for saying that I like this series but I think it’s my guilty pleasure, okay? If you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses, I would say that there are better series out there and that you should probably just skip this one. However, if you’ve already read that book and are debating continuing with the series, do it! This one is far better and worth your time for sure.