A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas.
If you haven’t read the first book you can read my review here. If you haven’t read Thorns and Roses there will be spoilers any second now… you have been warned!
So at the end of Thorns and Roses mortal Feyre had managed to complete the 3 tasks set by the Evil Amarantha to save her love Tamlin, the Fae High Lord and his court (Spring Court) from a terrible curse. Amarantha in true villain form decided she was going to torture and beat Feyre to death anyway, and Feyre died from a broken neck just as she managed to solve Amarantha’s riddle, which immediately released everyone from the curse.
The seven High Lords had all been imprisoned by Amarantha in her court Under the Mountain and as thanks for saving them, they bring Feyre back to life as High Fae.
One of these High Lords is Rhysand, Lord of the Night Court and Amarantha’s whore. He helped Feyre survive Amarantha’s tests, but as payment will make her spend one week of every month at his court.
Despite making a bargain with Rhys which disgusts and terrifies her, Feyre makes it through the ordeal and goes off with Tamlin into the sunset, tra-la-la…
This is the blurb on book 2:
“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.”
The story picks up where it left off in book 1, with Feyre back at the Spring Court with Tamlin, preparing for her wedding with lots of pomp and ceremony.
Feyre and Tamlin have both been changed by their experiences Under the Mountain; Tamlin can’t get over the fact that Feyre died and he was unable to protect her, and starts to put more and more restrictions on her movements, to reassure himself that she is safe. Feyre feels suffocated by Tamlin and experiences terrible nightmares about being back at Amarantha’s court, and the awful things she had to do to survive.
As the date of the wedding approaches Feyre starts to feel trapped, and unworthy of Tamlin’s love; she doesn’t feel that she can talk to him about her fears and they start to drift apart.
Feyre is walking down the aisle when Rhys, High Lord of the Night Court comes to collect on his bargain, taking Feyre away from Tamlin.
Whilst she is at the Night Court Feyre begins to understand the politics of the Fae world and realises that despite everything that happened, War is still approaching..
Feyre is struggling to come to terms with her powers as a newly made High Fae, her relationship with Tamlin is deteriorating rapidly, and she realises that her friends at Spring Court are Tamlin’s subjects, and must obey his orders. Feyre has always been the protector of her family, and is used to relying on herself; she does not take kindly to being treated like a delicate flower by Tamlin, and feels stifled.
This is a great fantasy novel, full of action, humour and romance. This is not a Young Adult novel – it is quite raunchy in places, if not down right filthy, so younger readers be advised!
I really enjoyed this sequel and can’t wait for the next installment.
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