A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 624

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Published: 2016

Source: Bought

Rating: ★★★★★


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.


If I had a pound for every person that told me to read ACOMAF, I would be so rich. I’m almost a year late to the ACOMAF party, and almost two years late to the ACOTAR one, but hey, I got there eventually. I’m just glad I only have a 2 month wait until ACOWAR comes out.

How can I describe ACOMAF? Well, it was a masterpiece. I definitely preferred it to ACOTAR which I actually liked (I know a lot of people hated that book) and I loved the characters in this book and their development and the introduction of a whole load of new things. That ending though. The ending had me like ‘what in actual hell just even happened?!’ More talk on that later though! I’m assuming that most of you have read ACOMAF.
I hope you have if you’re reading this review because warning: there are some little spoilers

The story begins three months after the events of ACOTAR, with Feyre at the Spring Court (blah) dealing with the darkness that has consumed her in this time. I mean, considering what happened at the end of ACOTAR, this is pretty understandable. This darkness and despair is not helped by Tamlin’s stupid self and the Spring Court. Like gal, please punch that boy in the face. I liked Tamlin in ACOTAR, but in this book, he turned super protective and controlling and honestly, he needed to go.

Anyway, so then the ever lovely Rhysand poofs up and boom, the bargain struck three months earlier begins (thank goodness). Rhysand is so super sweet, someone protect this man. In ACOTAR, we saw him as Amarantha’s lover or whatever you want to call it. In this book, we see a complete different side of him. All I can describe him as is a lovely man who just wants to protect the whole fam. Again, someone keep him safe. I love that we see this sweet, caring, protective side of him. When I say protective, it’s not in a stifling way. He simply wants to keep those nearest and dearest safe. Ok, enough talk about how great Rhysand is because you probably already know this.

Let’s talk the Inner Circle. Mor, Amren, Cassian and Azriel. I LOVE THE INVOLVEMENT OF THESE CHARACTERS. I love their development, I love all of their relationships. I love that they’re just as part of this story as Feyre and Rhysand are. I just love that Sarah wrote these characters into this book. I think if I lived at the Night Court, I would want this lot as my own Inner Court. The banter, the friendships, the want/need to keep each other safe, I just love it all. I can’t even decide who is my favourite. Possibly Cassian and Mor, however Morzriel NEEDS to be a thing (please make this happen, Sarah). Basically, I just love the Inner Circle and I love that they were just as important and featured in this book as much as possible. I felt that they all really added something to this book. As well as this lot, we are also introduced to the Bone Carver, the Weaver, the mortal queens and some bombshell people at the end (excuse me, but wtf was this??).

(God help me, this book was so darn great, I could talk about it for ages. Hope you’re enjoying my flailing.)

Relationship development, you guys. Can we puh-lease talk about the relationship development between Feyre and Rhysand? I loved that this wasn’t a straight ‘oh my gosh, I love you’ type of relationship. It built up throughout the book and was set up so well, and when they finally fell in love, I was so happy. And then Feyre discovers that Rhysand has kept from her that they’re mates, and praise the lord this happened. I love their relationship, it’s perfect. P.S. One word: Wingspan.

The places. The world building. We are introduced to the Night Court, which sounds so beautiful, someone please take me there, as well as Velaris, and the Illyrian warriors and the cabin. To be honest, I love the sound of Velaris, and to me, I imagined it in my head to be slightly similar to Cinque Terre in Italy. I Have however found a picture on Google that almost perfectly captures the image of Velaris that I have in my head. It just sounds like my kind of city. I also love that we are introduced to…the Summer Court. Another place that I believe I would fit right into (also a ‘which court do you belong to?’ quiz told me so). The Summer Court sounds like such an interesting place and I wish we’d got to see a bit more of it, but I’m glad we got to meet another court.

Ok, so the ending of ACOMAF, you guys. What even happened at the end? It was such a whirlwind, with Nesta and Elain both there, and Lucien pops up with his exclamation of being mates with a certain female, and quite clearly Cassian is down for Nesta. And then we get another certain person popping up, like excuse me, no. Honestly, I feel like the ending was a complete whirlwind and like a storm, it breezed through, wrecking havoc, for it to all end suddenly. I honestly put down the book upon finishing and just sat for a few minutes thinking ‘wait, did that even just happen?’, before having to go back again to make sure that I had read it all properly.

So basically, if you couldn’t tell from this review, I absolutely loved A Court of Mist and Fury. Sarah has done such a wonderful job of incorporating all kinds of people and relationships into this story, while introducing us to new places and I can’t wait to see where the last book takes us. I am telling myself off for having not read this series sooner, although it was probably for the best as I now have a 2 month wait until the final book comes out, as opposed to a whole year, so in fact, I made quite a good decision! 

This beautiful piece of artwork is by Charlie Bowater, and I wanted to include it as I think it’s so gorgeous and a fabulous representation of both Feyre and Rhysand.

Fun fact: If you didn’t know this already, Feyre’s dress in this picture is actually the dress on the ACOWAR cover.

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