CW’s: Abuse, Violence, Panic Attacks, Torture
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.
“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”
💗 Generally seeing more of Rhys and how he is coping with his trauma was great (hint: not as well as he would have everyone believe, especially his friends). The book made it even easier for me to care about him, as he is not acting like he did in the last book. I knew I would grow to like him, because there was something about his character that drew me in. I liked that we saw him more and got to explore a significant amount of his character. What can I say, I love the mysterious, “bad” guys, who are soft within and truly care about other people. This time we have Rhys being very considerate and patient with Feyre, he’s helping her heal and we see a gentler side that come out around those he likes and those he is loyal to. Especially compared to Tamlin, Rhys is at his best in ACOMAF and definitely the one you end up rooting for, but I suspected that from the start, as I had heard plenty of things about him. I could go on for hours about the different facades of Rhy’s character but I will say this: we see more complexity of him and it makes it hard not to fully like him now.
On that note: Rhys was finally explaining his actions for Under the Mountain. That’s not making it right, but at least we got more insight in why he acted the way he did. I understand not everyone might forgive him for this, but I at least was happy to finally get to know the entire story.
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
💗 We’re finally getting an expansion of the world building. I was so ready to learn more about the outside of Prythian, but also of the courts within. We especially see the Night Court for the first time and the Illyrian who reside her. I loved that as we only had gotten to see one court and I’m not particularly fond of Tamlin anyway. The Night Court is usually not well explored, as everyone who enters it pretty much doesn’t come out alive, so we get to know a lot more of its secrets that we didn’t know before. But we also see the Summer Court and Tarquin, who I liked very much, as he was genuinely interested in becoming Rhys friend and trying to build ties with the feared night court.
💗 The Inner Circle was absolute delight itself + their interactions with Feyre were heartwarming. They are Rhys’s friends and one of my favorite characters now, as they are all unique and lovable in their own way. Their squad is honestly goals and you would want to have them as your friends any time. I loved all of them individually, but also personally and as a group. So much live for them in general, as they are supportive towards Feyre and area each trying to help her heal in their own way. Plus there is a lots of banter between them and the fact that they are fiercely loyal to Rhys. These are the characters:
Amren 💗 She is … some kind of special being?? who knows with her. She is ancient and unique in a way that Feyre is and therefore very dangerous. you don’t want to get on her bad side, as she is powerful and definitely would beat you up. Amren is also direct and generally has a strong aura to her that makes her a bit terrifying and awe-inspiring at the same time.
Mor 💗 She’s witty, funny and such a good friend, so it’s very hard to not like her. Mor has been through a lot, but she is still fighting and strong, something she shares with her new best friend Feyre. I loved her humor and love for food, it made her very relatable and such a great person to be around. However, she’s not someone to mess with either.
Cassian 💗 He’s what you would call immensely cocky, arrogant and devilish. but I liked that about him. He’s a troublemaker, up to no good and that’s the kind of characters that I usually grow most attached to. However, despite his big mouth and tendency to piss people off, Cassian is also immensely loyal and the kind of friend you would want to have.
Azriel 💗 He’s the quiet one, but there is a lot of depth hidden in those shadows that always seem to follow him. Azriel had no easy life and even know he is more withdrawn than the others, always observing and analyzing. That’s what makes him such a good spymaster I would say.
💗 Feyre is a much stronger character and also dealing with her trauma. I mean stronger not in the sense that she didn’t have much of an agency around Tamlin in the last book. She was not as consistent and complex as she could have been, but this book improved on that aspect. I also loved that Feyre’s trauma as addressed and not just brushed over. Her experience under the mountain impacted her and we see that throughout the book: she is having nightmares and can barely keep anything in, resulting in her getting thinner and more weakly. However, she also goes a lot of character development in this book too, from struggling with her trauma to getting better and ultimately becoming the person she had the potential to be without any restraints. We also see her explore her new powers!
“I was burning through books every day – stories about people and places I’d never heard of. They were perhaps the only thing that kept me from teetering into utter despair.”
💗 Feysand of course was great. I cannot say everything without spoilers but their relationship progression was very well written given the events of the last book and I was fully rooting for him. Rhys helps her through her trauma., as he also understand and doesn’t turn away where Tamlin does. He tries to get Feyre to enjoy life again and generally come out of the isolation she has built around herself. It’s clear that he cares about her a lot and is not the villain she knew him to be under the mountain. Now he’s showing her a different side and a lot of “will they won’t they” ensures that keeps you entertained with the amount of banter that there is between them. they become friends and trusted allies first and I especially loved that!
“He did—does love me, Rhysand.”
“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.”
The possessiveness of the fae mates was really ridiculous. This Series is sadly not empty of toxic masculinity. Especially the mate thing is concerning for me, as it relies on this super protectiveness and jealousy that’s not healthy. Basically it’s the fact that after mating, fae males get super possessive of their female mate and will literally fight anyone who comes near her no matter how they behave. For me that’s just plain ridiculous and nothing you should promote. It’s not healthy to literally beat up everyone who comes in contact with your partner and the fact that this was displayed as inevitable and almost “natural” to the whole thing didn’t sit well with me. (Plus all the post-mate sex … was a bit too much, I have nothing against sex scenes, but guyyyys this was a LOT)
What can I say, Tamlin is an abusive asshole. I mean I knew this was coming from what everyone else had said, but it still made me angry at him all the time, especially the beginning. We had seen glimpse into Tamlin being too protective and possessive in the last book (however, I feel like they were more hidden and I did notice them more on my second read) but this took takes it to the extreme, so there is no more mistaking it. I won’t even recount what he does, but he’s controlling and abusive towards Feyre, which is not surprising given how he already acted in the last book if you looked closely.
I was actually rooting for Lucien in the first book, but not here. He’s lost lot of the respect he had from me, as here he’s complicit in the abuse. Lucien sees how much Feyre is struggling, but he doesn’t help her or rather dare step out of line. He could have helped her but he didn’t. I have to say that I understand the real problem here is Tamlin, as Lucien is under his thumb as well and does not dare defy the one who gave him a second home, maybe out of guilt and fear of where he would go instead. However, it doesn’t excuse what he did. However, I have a feeling that there is a lots of potential in the next book for this to change.
IN CONCLUSION: A Court of Mist and Fury was a fantastic sequel and definitely took the Series to a new level. We got to explore a lot more of the world and meet amazing new characters that were very easy to love. I also liked that we saw more of Rhys and his growing relationship with Feyre, especially as he helped her through some rough times!
Have you read A Court of Mist and Fury? What are your favorite sequels?