(Review) A Court of Mist and Fury

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: May 3rd, 2016
Pages: 624 (hardcover) 
Genre: Fantasy
My Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Synopsis:
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.

My Review: 
Okay, Sarah. You got me again. Around this time last year I read A Court of Thorns and Roses (read my review here) and completely fell in love with Sarah's writing, Feyre, and Tamlin. I loved the two of them together and how they fought for their love.

So.

Here we are with book two and we've done a complete one-eighty from those feelings. Why?

Rhys.

The first book in the series leaves us thinking that this could be a stand alone novel, that Feyre's story ends and she lives happily ever after in the Spring Court with Tamlin. Of course, that's not what happens.

Feyre begins to feel suffocated and locked up by Tamlin. So much so, that on their wedding day she panics, begging in her mind for someone to help her. So Rhysand helps her. He crashes the wedding and takes Feyre away to the Night Court under the guise of their bargain they made Under the Mountain, but...it's so much more.

Eventually Feyre gets tired of the stifling Spring Court manor and leaves of her own accord. To Rhys and the Night Court.

It's all very sad and makes you kind of angry at first until you really delve deep into Feyre's actions. She sacrificed herself form Tamlin and his people, and Tamlin treats her like a prisoner. He keeps her from knowing important things and hardly lets her out of the house. Even Lucien, who is supposed to be her friend, doesn't help her.

In the Night Court Feyre is different. Rhys and his inner circle treat her as an equal, not as something fragile. She fits in with them, too. They are funny and cunning and beautiful. She becomes close to them and learns to love them all...even Rhys.

Throughout all of this, there's a war brewing between everywhere else. Rhys and his gang, for lack of a better term, are set out to help stop it. Feyre trains, harnessing her strength and all the powers that flow through her, a gift from all of the High Lords.

Reading about how Feyre grows and changes is so much fun. She's broken, but healing. What happened with Amarantha has scarred her deeply, but she (with the help of Rhys and his friends) is determined not to let it keep her too far down.

I really love the relationships between the six major players in this book. They all work together so well and it's done beautifully. They all mean so much to each other and it's evident in every sacrifice they make.

The side we see of Rhys is so beautiful. That's all I can say on the subject of him.

It's good for you to know that this isn't not a love triangle story, though there is definitely romance. And tension, Oh, the tension. Wow. It's so good.

I am, of course, upset at the cliffhanger ending. (DAMN YOU.) I'll survive, though. And I'll patiently await for more lovely words from Sarah and the ending to Feyre's story.

Until then, it might just be time for a reread...

It's gonna happen.

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