Series: A Court of Thorns & Roses #2
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens Books on May 3rd 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Feyre is immortal.
After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people - nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.
As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand's dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.
She must surrender her heart to heal a world torn in two.
When I read it…
I read this between May 21st and June 2nd.
What I’d heard before I read it:
Lots and lots of positive things!
What worked for me:
- Rhysand: Rhysand is… troubled. He’s outwardly hard, inwardly damaged and weighed down by everyone’s negative expectations of him. In other words, he’s everything I love in a character! On top of that, he’s also strangely charming despite his sarcasm, and definitely seductive.
- The supporting characters: A LOT of my love for this book was because of the supporting characters. I loved Mor, Azriel, Cassien, Amren, Nessa & Elain, each in their own way. I loved the relationships between Rhys and his friends, as well as Nessa & Elain’s sisterly bond.
- The emotional rollercoaster: A Court of Mist & Fury invoked a LOT of feelings. There were amazing highs, laugh out loud funny moments, and a lot of moments when I wanted more than anything to join Rhys’ gang of friends. There were soul-crushing moments that made me cry and moments I wanted to hug Feyre and shield her from the world. I was absolutely drawn into Feyre’s world and strongly invested in the characters which made A Court of Mist & Fury an emotional rollercoaster,
- The steamy romance: Try not to judge me friends, but I have to admit the romance and the steaminess were definitely something I enjoyed!
What didn’t quite work for me:
- Tamlin/Lucien: I found Tamlin and Lucien frustrating throughout the whole of A Court of Mist & Fury – I didn’t like their attitudes or their actions, and I never quite felt like their changes were believable. I felt like both Tamlin & Lucien betrayed their characters in this installment, and that did grate a little.
- The beginning: It took me a while to get really into A Court of Mist & Fury, and for some of that beginning I really couldn’t decide how I was feeling about everything. Feyre is hurt, and different, and it makes complete sense that the story doesn’t instantly pick up with the same kind of pace – Feyre simply wouldn’t be able to handle it. But somehow I found myself swinging back and forth between finding it believable and realistic, and finding it frustrating and slow.
The romance was one of the things I wasn’t 100% sold on in A Court of Thorns & Roses, and I’m pleased to say that A Court of Mist & Fury definitely changed my feelings. My newfound love for the romance, combined with some truly awesome characters and relationships – both romantic and non-romantic – that I felt strongly about meant I enjoyed A Court of Mist & Fury even more than the first book. Having said that, I mentioned in my review of A Court of Thorns & Roses that I wasn’t quite sold on the villains or their motivation, and sadly that remained true for A Court of Mist & Fury, so for me, it just didn’t quite hit the 5 star mark.