“A Court of Mist and Fury” by Sarah J. Maas (book review)

Book:  A Court of Mist and Fury
Genre:  Fantasy, New Adult
Pages:  626
Time to Read: 12 days

S Y N O P S I S

Feyre is immortal after being saved by the seven High Lords of Prythian during her final hours Under the Mountain. Once resurrected, she discovers she has elements of all their powers, marking her as unique. And a target.

Struggling with post traumatic stress from the terrible things she did Under the Mountain, Feyre has to decide whether or not to pursue her powers or live a secluded peaceful life with her lover.

But when a war is being plotted by the King of Hybern to destroy the peace between the mortal and immortal worlds, Feyre gets dragged in. But at what cost?

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W H A T  I  L I K E D

I said this in my ACOTAR review: Sarah J Maas does not fool you. She does not leave you hanging. Every thread, every droplet, every word, sentence, prop… it all comes together to mean something bigger at the end of the story. Every plot hole is filled in, every loophole is tied together, every question is answered. That is talent.

BUT SERIOUSLY WHAT I LIKED???? I LOVE EVERYTHING. The ending of this book was devoured in a couple hours and I was IN TEARS. I love Rhys’s inner circle, I loved Feyre’s character development, I loved RHYSAND!! I loved the Night Court, I loved all her trials, I loved the drama.

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I did not think I was a fan of fantasy until I read this book and now I feel like I will be reading a lot more fantasy. After I wait for the third installment of this trilogy (which isn’t until MAY, GOD HELP ME!) I need to know what happens.

But honestly, this book is a work of art, crafted into a masterpiece. Not once in 600+ pages did I feel bored. The slow development of the relationships was realistic and engaging. And even though it was a fantasy book about immortal faeries, there were still so many relatable parts.

I even cried. I cried literal tears.

W H A T  I  D I D N ‘ T  L I K E

I’m giving this book 5 stars. I am. But if I was rating it out of 100 – I’d give it maybe 93% because there are a few things that bugged me.

Even though I said that Maas ties everything together, you are still waiting in the dark sometimes. And for a while. I was confused sometimes and there were parts when the characters literally said ‘I’ll explain this later’ and that’s just not helpful. It didn’t ruin the book at all but if you’re someone who needs answers right then and there, this might bug you.

Second, there was a LOT of repetition. The amount of times I was told that Rhysand smells of citrus and salt… Like ok, I get it. Thank you. And how many times did Feyre need to have a bath? Sarah J Maas’s descriptions get a little out of hand sometimes. Here’s an example: “Rhys picked an invisible piece of dirt off his fighting leathers. When he lifted his head, those violet eyes were glacial.”

Like, I don’t need to know these things when we’re in the middle of important dialogue. I swear the book would have been significantly shorter if Maas just chilled with her descriptions. I’m not really complaining though because they are all usually beautiful.

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Lastly (and this is my main problem), it seemed like no one edited this book properly. There were a LOT of half-finished sentences that seemed like they would have been really important if Maas had finished them. I get that they are unfinished for dramatic effect but it happens on almost every page and it just got a little annoying: “Maybe while I was still alive, she’d set that hideous mouth on my flesh and gnaw and tear and bite and…” And the sentence never finishes. Like, just finish it.

F A V O U R I T E  C H A R A C T E R

*inserts smirking emoji* … Rhysand.

Okay, not only is he so charming and sweet, he’s a man that challenges Feyre in a way every woman should be challenged. He challenges her to rid herself of objectification and submission and encourages her to embrace parts of her identity that she leaves undiscovered. He is a feminist. He does not allow her to be anyone’s pet or silent accessory. He shows her how powerful she is; he believes in her; he helps her to create her own story.

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F A V O U R I T E  S C E N E

Sarah J Maas does this crazy thing in her final scenes. She positions the whole novel to lead to this pivotal moment and when it finally comes, it is more than anything you could ever have expected. So the scene in Hybern was definitely my favourite because it was so intense, so beautifully constructed and so significant. Even though my heart broke.

D I D  I T  C H A N G E  M E ?

I feel like I’m going back to my 16 year old self where I was obsessed with The Hunger Games. I am a fangirl again. I SHIP A COUPLE! What have I become? Anyway, this is so awesome. And I think it will change my bank statement because I will be buying many Rhysand/Night Court/Velaris candles.

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In all honesty, it introduced me to fantasy. And while everything else might fall a bit short compared to this amazing novel, I think it could lead me down some pretty cool new roads.

F I N A L  T H O U G H T S

Like I said, I’m giving it 5/5 stars – 93%. It was a wonderful, exciting, gripping, crafted novel that I can’t compare to anything else I have ever read. Please, if you are at all interested, pick up this series. My ACOTAR review is on my page and although that book is nowhere near as good as this one, you need to read that to understand this book (obviously!).

Q U O T E S

(these may contain spoilers)

“To the stars who listen — and the dreams that are answered.”

“When you spend so long in darkness… you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”

“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 be, could not be, broken. Tamed.”

“No one was my master – but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”

“My mate. Death incarnate. Night triumphant.”

“She is my mate. And my spy. And she is the High Lady of the Night Court.”

“I wondered if love was too weak a word for what he felt, what he’d done for me.”z2

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