Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: 5/3/16
Reviewed by: Mia
After the defeat of Amarantha, the people of Pythian are slowly beginning to repair their cities and the High Fae will do anything to boost morale. Feyre is back living in the Spring Court with Tamlin, but many things have changed. For one she is now a High Fae, born of the tears of all the High Lords. But that metamorphosis was only physical. Mentally she is still a human and with that comes guilt and reliving every second of what she did Under the Mountain. Tamil is more protective than ever now, surrounding Feyre with body guards and not allowing her to leave the mansion. He says its for her safety, and that learning to fight is pointless because Amarantha is dead. And Feyre has begun to believe him, living her days wandering around the mansion putting on pretty clothes and following Tamlin’s orders. But a part of her still remembers  the bargain she made with Rhysand, even though he has yet to come and collect on it. That is the only part of her that isn’t doing what its told, and when Rhysand suddenly appears, he brings with him the fire that had been missing in Feyre’s life.
Okay so I loved this book. I may be fairly biased because Sarah J. Maas is my favorite author, but that just gives me a higher standard to rate her by. In the first book of this series, A Court of Thorns and Roses a large part of the book was just Feyre wandering around the Spring Court painting, spending time with Tamlin, and just basically doing nothing important. In fact the tone of most of the book was kind of boring and restless, and Feyre was floating through the days like they had no meaning. Then in the last third of the book the main story line finally begins to gain motion and things start happening. This happens again, on a smaller scale, in the second book. At the beginning of A Court of Mist and Fury Feyre’s life has gone back to what it previously was and she is just wandering through the house again doing basically nothing. So, just like in the first book, I was frustrated because it was nothing like her other books, there was no action and really subpar romance. AND THEN IT GOT GOOD. Rhysand appears and the book suddenly changes from eh to AMAZING. He brings action, both relationship-wise and storyline-wise. He introduces lots of new characters and shows that despite what most people think, he is actually a symbol of hope and change for the people of the Night Court and for Feyre. Rhysand is a crucial character to this series because without him and the sacrifices he makes for the people he loves this book would not be any good. During one of his conversations with her, I jumped up and started fangirling because I had finally realized why there were so many lulls in the first book and beginning of the second. My mind was blown as I realized that the first book had just been setting up everything to make the second book incredible and this just reaffirmed Maas’ place at the top of my favorite authors list. A Court of Mist and Fury really tackled the topic of becoming your own person and not waiting for others to save you. One of my favorite lines is when Rhysand says to Feryre ‘”You want to save the mortal realm?” he asked. “Then become someone Prythian listens to. Become vital. Become a weapon.”’ With this line he finally breaks the funk she was in of following orders and makes her into a character worthy of Maas’ writing. The ending of this book killed me. So many things reached their tipping point and so many sacrifices were made but there is still this one, tiny, buried line of hope in it to keep readers hooked until NEXT YEAR. MAY 2017 *sobbing* This book was amazing and I recommend it for any fans of Maas, fairies, adventure, feminism, breaking free of the past, friendship, and love.