A Court of Mist and Fury Book Review: Sarah J Maas takes the reader into a fictitious world, for real. A treat for the readers.
By Ananya Sachdev | Opening Doorz Editorial | August 05, 2021
Book review: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
The Essence: The book is a treat to the readers. One can half expect to be in the city of Velaris every time they look up from the book; it is spellbinding. Do you ever feel as if you have to tear yourself out of the fictitious world and back into the mundane world of reality after you finish a book? That is exactly what Sarah J Maas does with “A Court of Mist and Fury.’
Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury
The plot of this book is set three months after the first book of the series–A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre Archeron, our protagonist has managed to survive Amarantha’s clutches. In the process, she has managed to save all of Fae, filled with mystical creatures with supernatural abilities.
However, she does not walk away from this fight without a scratch. Feyre walks out as High Fae and with a bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court.
Perhaps, now it is much more clear as to why the series is a global bestseller–the book makes the reader want to be transported to that world and never come back. It is a perfect action-packed novel. Never would a reader have expected Sarah J. Maas to carry this series in the path she did. What started as a magical fairytale in the first book has now evolved into an epic adventure!
Into the world of fantasy, for real
Maas’s world-building and her ability to bring the world to life in front of the reader’s eyes in her first book and the sequel is fascinating. We are introduced to a whole bunch of new characters that are brilliantly crafted.
She is physically and psychologically wrecked by the tragedies that occur beneath the Mountain. But now that she’s in the spring court, Feyre slowly comes to realize that she craves freedom. The impact of the trauma she experienced under the mountain only grows when Tamlin decides to lock her up to “protect her”.
Feyre is a shell of the person she used to be. She needed to get out of the Spring Court. The High Lord of the Night Court who has been earlier portrayed as the bad guy saves her and takes her to the Night Court on the pretext of calling in the bargain. It is here that we get to meet Rhys’s friend group, all four characters so different from the other but who complete the puzzle. Each character has been given special attention to and none overpowers the other. Feyre quickly comes to liking all of them and envying what Rhys has, a family and a city where everyone is free to do as they want.
Characters come to life
It is safe to say that Rhysand is the most perfect character ever written. He is compassionate, understanding and charming. He stands by Feyre and treats her as an equal, although he is the most powerful High Lord and warrior in Fae and human land alike.
Above all, the development of Feyre’s character is the best aspect of the novel. She’s weak and wounded at first, having been through hell and back under the mountain. And she doesn’t believe she’ll ever be able to heal. She’s a gilded caged bird, tethered to the Spring Court by unseen shackles and unable to spread her wings.
She’s wise and collected by the end, and she’s used her wits to outwit practically everyone around her. She still remembers the events of Under the Mountain, but with the help of her friends and her power, she is able to overcome both her anxieties and her past. Feyre’s transformation throughout the narrative is amazing.
All in all, the book is a treat to the readers. One can half expect to be in the city of Velaris every time they look up from the book; it is spellbinding. Do you ever feel as if you have to tear yourself out of the fictitious world and back into the mundane world of reality after you finish a book? That is exactly what Sarah J Maas does with A Court of Mist and Fury.
Also Read: A Court of Thorns and Roses