A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

 A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J Maas

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.

Rated: ★★★
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication: May 3, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

I honestly don’t know what to make of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas. This being the second book ever I’ve read by Maas, it seems a pattern with her to have slow, excruciatingly boring starts that eventually builds up at the very end. How did this book manage to get four stars out of me then? Easy. Nesta Archeron, the saving grace of this series for me.

Maas continues the pity party for Feyre, though this time it is completely deserved. That said, the way Maas treats her PTSD does not feel real. It feels as though it’s just a cheap plot point to get her away from Tamlin, instead of something very real for Feyre. The fact that we could have gotten an amazing book just dealing with Feyre coming to terms with what she did, and what she did for Tamlin, and Tamlin coming to terms with what he couldn’t do, and then instead we got a book that swept all of that quickly under the rug for the sake of a rushed romance was so incredibly disappointing. I wanted better for everyone involved.

For me, everything felt flat, from the characters, to the missions, everything. At least in the first half. Then, things changed towards the end, as seems to be Maas’ style, which leaves me wondering if perhaps she doesn’t have enough story to carry out the page length she’s looking for so she drags the start. Or again, it’s probably just me.

So again, why the four stars? Minor character Nesta Archeron, Feyre’s sister. The only thing I found likable about this series so far. She’s horrible and she doesn’t apologize for it. She has passion and fights and is sure of herself. She felt like a character that shouldn’t have been, but fought her way to the front, starting as a stock evil sister in A Court of Thorns and Roses, and evolving to potential major player. She made the book exciting. The Target exclusive, Wings and Ember, made the book worth it and really made me wonder how Maas could do such a lovely job with Nesta and Cassian, with a short story, yet seems to struggle with the longer, actual books themselves.

If Nesta hadn’t been in A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, there is no way I would ever pick up the third in the series, or bother reading more Maas. But, seeing her character gives me hope that things will pick up in A Court of Wings and Ruin.

This book was read for the Pages and Pause Screen podcast (part 1 and part 2). 

 

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Thirty-something year old educator based in New York, Lulu loves books, blogging, gaming, and the three cats with whom she shares her life. Book reviews specialize in all kinds of fantasy, some YA, some romance, and some contemporary, especially in the gothic genre.