A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Young/New Adult, Romance, Retelling
Publisher: May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Rating: 5/5 ⭐️
Summary: 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 torn apart.
Review: **CAUTION: SLIGHT SPOILERS, SO READ AT YOUR OWN RISK** **ALSO, HIGHLY RECOMMEND FOR READERS 18+ YEARS OLD BECAUSE OF SOME VERY MATURE CONTENT AND SENSITIVE TOPICS**
“Hello, Feyre darling,” he purred.
OH SJM THANK YOU FOR BLESSING ME WITH THIS MASTERPIECE.
Ok. So let’s get real for a sec. It’s been a good 2 months since I’ve read A Court of Mist and Fury (gosh it feels so much longer…) and even though that seems like a while, no amount of time is adequate enough to get over the hangover. After months of continuing my obsession on Pinterest and Tumblr (it’s still on going, trust me) following the big bad book of plot twists and feels, I think I may have somewhat gathered enough of my scrambled thoughts to make reasonable review 😂. ACOMAF is definitely one of my top favorite reads of 2016. Even though it is a fantasy novel, it feels so much more than that.
“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal. I was a survivor, and I was strong. I would not be weak, or helpless again. I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.”
Feyre’s character development in this book was exponential and truly fulfilling to read about. My heart is just so full and I’m just so dang proud of her :’) Sarah J. Maas addressed many real world issues/topics throughout ACOMAF, one being PTSD. Yes, this is not the first time it has been conveyed in a novel, especially that of the young adult genre, but the way she tied in so many truths into the book dealing with this problem made it so much more realistic than just a simple fantasy fairy tale. Maas never danced around the bush; she never sugar-coated it, she just said it how it was. Feyre’s condition after the events she faced Under the Mountain at the end of ACOTAR was not idealized in that everything went right back to normal after being reunited with her true love and saving all of Prythian. She suffered from nightmares, remorse, severe anxiety, and grave health conditions. She didn’t just escape the mountain and POOF all of the memories of the events and trials she had to face just disappear. She relived through them every single day and wore herself down to the point that she was slowly poisoning her body. Throughout ACOMAF, Feyre learned to face her demons that haunted her head-on and to turn her weaknesses into her strengths.
“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.”
Another lesson learned from ACOMAF was the difference between toxic love and true love, and when you are in the situation you can’t always see it for how it is. In ACOTAR, Feyre was head over heels in love with Tamlin and him with Feyre. However, at the beginning of ACOMAF, you can start to see the cracks in their puppy love. Tamlin’s love is seen as protective and caring, which is how Feyre saw it and she needed that in her life at the time. She needed that protection and care from Tamlin in ACOTAR when all she ever did was care for and protect her family and no one was there to reciprocate her actions for her. Claps for you Tam, but just this once.
“And I realized—I realized how badly I’d been treated before, if my standards had become so low. If the freedom I’d been granted felt like a privilege and not an inherent right.”
After the events that transpired Under the Mountain and Feyre’s Making, she no longer needed that protection and sheltering. She especially didn’t need coddling to the extremes that Tamlin was going. Tamlin failed to address that Feyre’s change was not just a physical one, but also an emotional one as well. As her current “Fae-bae” (at the time), it was his duty to be there for her in ways that he failed to be. Feyre’s PTSD was so obvious, but Tamlin was blind to anything that didn’t benefit his personal needs. And rather than help her focus on her strengths so she could rebuild herself, he focused in on her flaws and the impracticality of learning things that women like her didn’t need to know how to do. That my friends is a prime example of a toxic love.
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
Now enter Rhysand *standing ovation*. OHHH RHYSAND MY LOVE. WHERE CAN I FIND A REAL LIFE VERSION OF YOU *cries forever*. In ACOMAF we learn a lot more about his past and what HE went through Under the Mountain. A victim of physical abuse, rape, severe anxiety, and PTSD himself for fifty years. This in itself is a topic that is hardly ever addressed in novels: for a male to go through traumatic events that are usually only ever known to happen to women. These horrific acts can happen to anyone, unlike what the media portrays nowadays. Heck, what he went through was far worse than what Feyre went through, but that’s what makes him the only person who could possibly understand and relate to what she went through and was currently going through after those events. He not only teaches her to face her inner battles head-on, but also that your scars are what make you stronger. He helped her forge her weaknesses into her strongest assets. THAT is what true love is: embracing someone for who they are, flaws and all.
“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
“To the stars who listen–and the dreams that are answered.”
Other awesome topics that I still haven’t found the words to describe my feels for:
- The Night Court – just…so much beauty, I can’t…I wish I could just winnow there right now and live there ugh
- The Inner Circle – #squadgoals
- My precious ships: Feysand, Moriel, Nessian – THEY ARE END GAME. FIGHT ME.
- Rhys’s backstory – I basically spontaneously combusted with the feels
- The last few chapters (aka A COURT OF PLOT TWISTS AND TEARS)
- Feminism theme throughout the book
- Rhys, Cassian, and Azriel’s BROTP
- Chapters 54 & 55
- The amount of respect that Rhys and Feyre have toward each other
If I could sum up my reading experience of A Court of Mist and Fury in 2 gifs, it would be these:
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