Today, I am back with the second part of the series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. The book is called A Court of Mist and Fury, and it’s an amazing transitional story.
After a seemingly happy ending that we were served at the end of the previous book, Feyre is now back in Spring Court. Everything surrounds her appears to be at peace. They have left Amarantha dead in the past, and the court is currently preparing her wedding to Tamlin. Yet, something bothers her. These days, Tamlin and Lucien are kept busy handling situation out there, which Tamlin insists on not telling her what it is. It defly doesn’t look like a trifle matter for them to look that depleted and concerned every time they come back. Feyre just doesn’t understand why she can’t know what is threatening her own Court. And for this, she’s been at such a difficult disagreement with Tamlin about her role as his wife and in the Court. He wants her safe and still inside the manor, while being cooped up suffocates her to the point of depression. She’s tried to ask him for a duty to do, and he gives her a pretend job instead. Every time she tries harder, only the bigger they fight. Before long, quarrels become full-blown clash. Tamlin locks Feyre in. And eventually, Feyre realizes that inside, she’s been rotting all the time she’s back.
At this point, we’re all well accustomed to Prythian and its denizens, and now it’s time to talk about some real stuff. This is before shit hits the fan, so the right thing to do is to map out who’s friend and who’s not. Numerous shifts happening among the characters, some villains who previously appeared to be threatening are now showing us what their hearts really look like, while some friends swiftly become exes. We’re also shown to another door to a brand new storyline, which doesn’t mean that this negates everything that has happened before this point, but I’m just telling you that there’s going to be a huge, dramatic turn. Something awaits us on the other side of the door, and a better show is what that is.
You might have gotten the hint halfway through the end of the first book, that Rhysand was going to replace Tamlin as our male-lead. Well, you’re not wrong, and I bet nobody is sorry that Rhysand steps up to the plate. Having this much change in the second part is great. For even though the second book is the interim part, it’s just as rich and worthy, if not more, as the opening book.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know that I am such a hopeless romantic. I love anything and everything about love. That’s why A Court of Mist and Fury is easily my most favorite of the series. While getting ready before all hell breaks loose, the story lets important elements of the story settle in first. Our heroine needs to find her place and set her goals. Good guys should band together, and bad guys are to be named. Make a plan, then make a plan B, then try out the plans, test if they hold, and if not, prepare to make a plan C. For the time being, we, –pampered readers-, get to enjoy the peak of romance in the series. You’re not gonna get more passionate bit than at this moment, so make sure that you suck every hickey as deep as possible! While you can!
On the way of Maas describing characters, friendship, and love, there’s unmistakably something feminine about it. And I’m by no means talking about the simple fact that the main lead is a woman. That much is obvious, but what I’m trying to pinpoint here is the much subtler and more like under-the-surface kind of thing. And I’m afraid that I have to talk stereotypical to make my point. Female is the gender that traditionally has not been trained to see feelings as weakness. But the way I see it, not only that, but emotion, if anything, is what makes us, women, stronger. Being able to be in touch with all the sentiment there is without fear, is a form of being honest, both to ourselves and to others. As well as a total freedom to express how we truly value and believe our connection with people around us, be it friends or lovers. And that, my friend, is strength.