Okay, upon finishing the last page of this book I had to just sit in silence for a minute to take it all in. I really loved the first book in this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, but A Court of Mist and Fury just took the story to a whole different level. Sarah J. Maas expanded upon the world she introduced us to in the first book, making the story so much richer and introducing some of the greatest new characters.
Every book Maas writes is better than her last, she is such a brilliant writer who creates strong characters, stunning worlds and amazing stories. I really loved all the new characters that were introduced in this book, they all add so much to the world and are all really fascinating in their own ways.
Feyre goes through such an interesting transformation in this book, not just physically, from turning into a Fae, but also emotionally. She has to deal with everything she went through, all the things she did, in the previous book and I think Maas did a great job in portraying some kind of post-traumatic stress disorder as opposed to the character just brushing it off and moving on (something which often happens in fiction). Her character development has been really strong and she’s become a great kick-ass heroine.
Who didn’t fall a little bit in love with Rysand in the first book? Well be prepared to fall even deeper because we get a lot more of him in A Court of Mist and Fury. You start to see a different side to him, and I really enjoyed his character and the relationship he had with Feyre and the others of his court. Mor, Amren, Cassian and Azriel are such great additions to the story, I absolutely adore Rysand’s court. Maas always creates secondary characters that you fall in love with, and Feyre’s sisters, Nesta and Elain, get drawn further into the story as well. I’m excited to see what happens with each character, while at the same time being slightly scared of what Maas will do to them.
One thing I have to say I didn’t like was how Maas pretty much decimated Tamlin’s character. He went from being sweet and thoughtful, to becoming some kind of selfish and controlling monster who had no regard for Feyre’s feeling. I was really disappointed in the direction his character was taken, and to be honest it weakened to first book for me, which was upsetting because I love it so much. By changing his character so much I felt like it made what happened in the previous book, what both Feyre and Tamlin went through, seem meaningless.
So much happens in this book and, apart from a few things, I do enjoy the direction it’s heading with new characters, relationships and how the world is growing. I’m very excited to read the next book in the series, I just wish it wasn’t so long a wait for it to come out!