A Court of Mist and Fury (2016)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Up to now, A Court of Mist and Fury is my favourite book of 2016. Sarah J. Maas being possibly my favourite author has delivered over and over again but this latest addition took her to a whole new level. Okay, let me try to write about this book without being an incoherent and gushing fangirl.
A Court of Thorns and Roses, the first book of this series was good but not great. This was outstanding. The development of her characters is simply phenomenal , especially for the main protagonist Feyre (Fay-ruh). We are brought back immediately to Tamlins castle after she has relinquished the curse holding his hands to find she isn’t quite living the happily-ever-after we assumed she would be. Time after time I read Y/A fiction and the heroine of the story meets one guy and if he’s a bit of a dick, she’ll forgive him of his shortcomings and continue to swoon and crave. Twilight is an excellent example of this stereotypical Y/A trait. This book is a massive fuck you to everything we’ve come to expect. Feyre isn’t happy, she isn’t content, she isn’t sure she’s in love, she’s going through the motions, her life is stale and passionless and she has the courage to sack it all off to pursue her own freedom. If you read for romance, don’t fret, it’s still here in abundance but not in a way that will rot your teeth and feel insincere.
Rhysand. Rhysand, Rhysand, Rhysand. Never in my days have I been so enthralled with a character. Someone who truly is a representation of overcoming pain and embracing responsibility. A true mystery. A shroud of glittering darkness. A burning ball of fire. He is fury and fire. He’s human to the very core. He is the Chuck Bass of the fae world and he makes my insides hurt.
The Night Court in general is chock full of absolutely incredibly captivating characters. I like to leave some things to the imagination.
Action, betrayal, revenge, lust, passion, fighting, female empowerment, romance, power shifts, alliances.
This NEEDS to be read.
For fans of: Throne of Glass, Game of Thrones, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer