Revisiting: A Court of Mist and Fury – Sarah J. Maas
Feyre died and was brought back alive by the Seven Lords. That was her reward for the sacrifice she made to save everyone. She goes back to the Spring Court with Tamlin and prepares for their wedding. She doesn’t want to play dress-up but rather go out and protect her people. Tamlin refuses to let her out at all due to the excuse of her value with the other Fae lords. Rhysand comes knocking on their wedding day to retrieve Feyre as a part of the deal they made Under the Mountain. Tamlin hates that deal and swears that Rhysand is one of the enemies. However, Feyre doesn’t see it that way when she gets closer to Rhysand. Rhysand helps her with navigating her powers and teaching her how to read and write. When Rhysand returns her to Tamlin, something bad happens where Tamlin goes too far by locking her in a literal box of darkness. It takes some people in Rhysand’s court to get her out.
Rhysand informs her that Tamlin is suspicious and that he wouldn’t have done what Tamlin did to her. Feyre takes his offer to work for him in his Court. They realize that the human king is wanting to take overall and some of the Fae Kings and Lords have been making deals. War is brewing and Feyre discovers the inner power she can wield that is unique and powerful. Not only that but deadly. The mission is to collect all the parts of this book and go to the Cauldron to make things right. Before a bloody war descends on the world.
I recall reading this book for the first time and was amazed by the world-building and that remains true. What truly strikes me the most is the character development in this novel and the tropes. Feyre went from lovers to enemies so quickly in this one with Tamlin. The moment that Tamlin was coddling and hiding her away screamed red flags for me. There was love between the two of them but seeing the shift in their dynamic made me not like the relationship. Tamlin is the definition of a narcissistic lover that showed his true colors.
Then there were the enemies to friends to lovers trope between Feyre and Rhysand which I love so much. Rhysand seemed like a douch to her but that’s because that was him showing that he cared and his brutal honesty is what Feyre needed. Feyre despised him at first but slowly came to love him because the two of them share some common ground. Rhysand was showing Feyre that she is really powerful and tried to help her. When she realized that he was trying to show her that she is his equal did so many things to her.
This novel’s pacing took a while and there was a lot of world-building. I loved the writing and the character development of the main character. She becomes a powerful weapon that is ought to be feared and she shouldn’t be reckoned with. I would like to appreciate the fact that Feyre is dealing with PTSD which is so realistic representation, especially after all the trauma she underwent while Under the Mountain. There was some mild smut going on but there is mostly action and dialogue. I definitely am looking forward to the next book.