Hey there Bookwyrms! It’s Sunday which means another re-read review! If you haven’t had a chance, I recommend checking out my ACOTAR re-read review, before starting this one!
As a reminder, this review is more so for people who’ve actually read the book rather than an introduction to the series in general. If that doesn’t interest you, I won’t feel offended if you choose not to continue reading!
A Court of Mist and Fury
Rating: 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴/ 5
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy
Synopsis – Goodreads
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.
The Great: If you didn’t know, this is my favorite book of the series! Everything I love about the series began in ACOMAF. Starting with the end of Tamlin and Feyre’s relationship. As I mentioned in my ACOTAR review, I wasn’t a huge fan of it to begin with. So, the whole Rhys ruining their wedding moment, I had no issue with. Next Rhys and his Inner Circle! It felt so good to read Feyre being introduced to them for the first time. I didn’t think it possible, but I fell in love with Amren, Morrigan, Cassian & Azriel even more. Especially my two favorite Illyrian warriors. What I hadn’t remembered, is that the Morrigan is the voice behind one of my favorite ACOMAF quotes, “Don’t let the hard days win.” I literally have a decal of the quote on my Macbook now. And finally, Feysand’s love story. Their whole frenemies-to-lovers thing is still one of the best romance tropes out there.
The Good: Okay this is going to sound very weird to say, but I love the realistic attempts at portraying PTSD after a traumatic experience in this book. Weird right? Who likes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder? Here me out.
If you have read or watched the Harry Potter series, how many times did Harry, Ron & Hermione almost lose their lives because of precarious life-threatening situations? At least once, every book! How often did we see the affects of said trauma play out in the books or the movies? Not often enough!
With ACOMAF we are immediately thrown into Feyre’s claustrophobia, her night terrors, her incessant vomiting and her lack of appetite. We also get a glimpse of Tamlin’s trauma. Shifting into a beast and laying at the edge of a bed all night is not normal people, not even for High Fae.
But what really intrigued me, was getting a chance to see Rhysand’s trauma. To take a peek behind the mask he’d been wearing throughout ACOTAR and in some parts of ACOMAF. He felt, human. Although he’s the most powerful High Lord in history, he still suffered Under the Mountain in ways that no one might have seen. And although the world (Prythian, Hybern and the Continent) deemed him to be nothing but a monster, Amarantha’s whore,(definitely glad she’s dead) he suffered to UTM. I connected with each of the Inner Circle’s trauma and stories. I found pieces of myself in all of them.
The not-so good: Alright, so if you read the previous review, you know that I had a problem with Rhys for multiple scenes in ACOTAR but one scene in particular. And I said I’d spoil it here.
It was the scene after Feyre fought and defeated the Middengard Wyrm (in this case its an actual worm and not the old english definition for dragon) and was taken back to her cell with a piece of bone jutting out of her arm killing her slowly. Rhys had gone down to her cell and offered to heal her in exchange for her spending a week with him in his territory every month after they were freed from Amarantha’s curse. Yes people, the bargain that started it all. Well, of course Feyre was against it at first, which infuriated Rhys and he responded by pushing and twisting the bone in Feyre’s arm as an encouragement to take the bargain or die. Now he had some inkling at that time, that she was his mate so … that was, for lack of a better word excessive. And is one of the many things he did that I can’t excuse. Therefore, it was a bit difficult for me to enjoy the start of their friendship since I had this scene fresh in my mind.
Overall though, it’s still my favorite book! And no one deserves Azriel! Except me of course lol