Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on May 3, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Romance
Pages: 624
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
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two-half-stars

“Tell me what you see.”
“A world divided in two.”

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.

I am so, so sorry to have to do this. I spent a lot of time trying to convince myself this book deserved at least three stars, but I can’t give it that. A Court of Mist and Fury is pure trash, shipcrack fantasy, so I definitely enjoyed the fuck out of it (the fuck is the best part) but I was also rolling my eyes at every single hackneyed plot element. There will be UNTAGGED SPOILERS because I think everyone who cares has already read this. Read at your own peril.

The Joy

Some things did make me happy and remind me why I read Maas’ books.

  • Where ACOMAF does excel is in that sheer readability. It’s a long book, but it goes down easy (like Rhysand OOER). The ship totally works. One of the things I love most about Maas’ books is the way that her ships grow and change. There are way too many YA novels about soulmates meeting at sixteen. Maas heroines try out at least a couple guys before settling on the One. Maas does a great job showing how unhealthy Tamlin actually is for Feyre and why Rhys is better for her.
  • There are some really cool action scenes too. There’s a battle with some really creative deaths. That was obviously mega fun.
  • Rhys’ crew, who we get to know in ACOMAF, is a delight. Amren, Mor and Azriel (who need to bang), and Cassian are all awesome.
  • The impending Nesta/Cassian ship is amazing and I am on board.

The Fury

Unfortunately, tipping the scale are all the things that were just plain bad.

  • To start with, anytime this book went to plot, it got boring, which was not the case with ACOTAR. Probably because A Court of Mist and Fury was so phoned in.
  • While I liked that Feyre moved on from Tamlin after realizing how controlling he is and feeling trapped by it, I actually think this was a love triangle fail because Tamlin ends up being so over the top horrid. I think there was room for him to be a fairly good guy but still totally wrong for Feyre. He just skewed a bit too suddenly evil.
  • Meanwhile, Rhysand gets the Warner treatment, retconned from a bad boy into a fluffy bunny disguised as one for the good of all living creatures. Listen, obviously he needed to not be totally evil, but we can ship them with him having some shades of grey. The hottest scene was where he was acting like Rhys from last book sooooo.
  • MATES. It is fucking Breaking Dawn up in this book. Apparently fae, much like werewolves meet one another and just know that they were meant to be. That is pretty lazy romance writing and just eugh.
  • Especially since OF COURSE the mating bond makes the men crazy and jealous and grawr but not the women. PON FARR.
  • The Books of Breathing and the whole plot is just so generic and boring and honestly this whole thing feels like fan fiction written by someone who pretty much just wanted Rhys and Feyre to bang a lot. Which maybe.
  • Speaking of the bad plotting, Feyre has ALL OF THE FAE POWERS. Literally all of them because blah blah stole them from the high lords blah. See what I mean about the fan fic? She’s like the Avatar, only with way more powers. AND she doesn’t need to train very much to master them. Take a bath like two times and you have mastered water magic! Congrats!
  • While I do ship most of Maas’ ships, I really hate how heteronormative this series is. They are all pairing off girl to boy, which wouldn’t bother me so much if some of Maas’ dude friends didn’t obviously want to bone one another. *cough*Tamlin/Lucien forever*cough*
  • It’s clear from the first time Cassian and Nesta meet that they are going to be a thing. As I said, I’m on board. However, it was not exactly a surprise when Nesta gets made into a fae because obviously nothing can be difficult for a ship.
  • What was a surprise was that Elain was also made into a fae. Get this. Her sisters were changed BY THE VILLAIN. To prove to the human queens he could make humans into fae with his evil plotcauldron. Both of them. Because one proof was not enough. And both needed to be fae so how else was that going to happen. Because reasons. Also, apparently this was meant to be some sort of torture/punishment for the good guys???
  • Oh and to cap off the nonsense, Lucien and Elain, never having met before, are now Mates. At first glance. As I said, welcome to Breaking Dawn. At least Elain isn’t a baby. That’s some comfort.
  • If I ever see the word “prick” again, it will be too soon.

I’m aware this isn’t going to be a popular opinion, but, though this is a very fun book, it’s really just not a good fantasy novel. It’s an okay romance despite having lots of horrible tropes, which I suppose is fairly impressive.

Will I still buy and read book three? Yeah, for sure. I’ll probably even reread these some day because I am total unrepentant ship trash.

Favorite Quote:

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

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One response to “Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas”

  1. Sophia M says:

    I’m totally agree with you. She Just made ACOTAR so pointless and useless and personaly kill me with this crap!!!…

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