A Court of Mist and Fury is a YA fantasy novel by Sarah J Maas and is the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy.
This book begins where the last book left off- with Feyre and Tamlin back in the Spring Court after surviving all the atrocities that occurred Under the Mountain. Feyre is pretending everything is fine but both she and Tamlin have deep psychological wounds that neither of them is willing to talk about. Rhysand has not been seen since Under the Mountain and has not called in his bargain with Feyre, but the threat of what he might do hangs over everyone. As Feyre struggles with her nightmares and her inability to paint, a new war looms in the future.
So this book is very difficult to review, because basically everything that happens after chapter five is a spoiler, even including who the main characters are, where the story takes place and other basic plot points.
This story takes off in a completely different direction from the first book and includes a variety of new characters, locations, and relationships. It is also my favorite of the series and one of my favorite books of all time. I highly recommend reading this book even if the first one wasn’t your cup of tea, it might surprise you.
One of my favorite parts of this book is the authors handling of mental illness. Feyre, Tamlin, and Rhysand all return from Under the Mountain with severe PTSD. Feyre lets her guilt and depression consume her to the point where she is nearly catatonic. One of my favorite things about the representation of PTSD in this book is how Feyre learns to move past the trauma. In today’s world, different medications and anti-depressants can be used to treat PTSD but one of the best treatments is Group Therapy. While Prythian obviously doesn’t have Prozac, Feyre ends up finding a group of friends to share her story with and by the end of the book she has made significant strides in her mental health.
As I mentioned in my ACOTAR review this book has way more sexual content than the previous book in the series. In fact, I am still surprised that this is considered a YA novel, I would probably put it in the New Adult category. The author doesn’t use exact terminology in the sex scenes, she kinda describes things without using the actual words, but I think one of the reasons the scenes are so steamy is because of the feelings and emotions of the characters.
I would give the romance plotline a 10/10. The characters grow and develop in a very organic way and Feyre grows and matured as a character as she finds out her way in this new world.
Again lots of mature content and situations and the occasional curse word. My gut reaction is to say 18 and older, however, some people are more mature than others and might be okay with reading this at a younger age and in that case go for it.
Trigger warning for Depression, PTSD, Suicidal ideations, and abuse. These are pretty detailed episodes of depression, suicidal thoughts, and abuse so if you find any of those triggering you might want to avoid this book
Falling in love with fictional characters, ugly crying, repeatedly checking the book cover to see if this is actually a young adult novel and is really being sold to children.
This book is amazing and is definitely one of my favorites. I’m pretty sure I’ve read it a million times. If you aren’t triggered by any of the above I highly recommend this one. And if you read it, feel free to comment to talk about it, because this book gave me a lot of feelings.
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Check out my discussion post of PTSD in this book: Fiction and PTSD: A Court Of Mist A Fur
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