I really enjoyed this. So great.
I loved both main characters, especially Khamsin. She came from such a horrid life and no matter what life threw at her she found a way to keep going. The next book is about different protagonists, I am sure they will be great, but I would so love to see another book with these two as the focus. Maybe I will love the next two even more.
Also, I hate this cover. With so many peeps so in love with A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) series by Maas, this is similar in ways, they need a new cover and I feel a lot of ACOTAR fans would pick this up if it was more eye appealing. It definitely is helping me through my ACOTAR book hangover.
Sarah J. Maas tricked me. She set up those familiar tropes in A Court of Thorns and Roses and then she hurtled A Court of Mist and Fury at them and knocked them ALL down. She did just enough with Feyre in ACOTAR that I thought, sure this is a kind of typical fantasy love story, with a typical alpha male who means well and who shows a typical lonely, broken girl peace and happiness while they save the world, but Feyre is so fleshed out! She’s got such a complete personality. She’s not just an “insert yourself here” kind of fantasy heroine. It’ll do. BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT.
BUT! Then she gives us A Court of Mist and Fury, and she shows us that this TYPICAL (I resist humming “Same Old Love”) depiction of romance is not necessarily desirable. It doesn't fit. It’s not good to find your strength in someone else, it’s not good to be cloistered and protected from not only harm, but living, experience, and finding someone who is your EQUAL, not your keeper/husband/protector/mansplainer.
A Court of Thorns and Roses is the book I read and loved when I was young and inexperienced and very much like Feyre when she first comes to the Spring Court. A Court of Mist and Fury is the book for me now, now that I’ve lived and loved and done things, now that I am more myself and more completely at home with myself. I know what I can do, and I don't let anyone keep me from doing it. The kind of love I want (and have, thankfully) is the love of an equal partner, someone who isn't shielding me from things but encourages me to go with, or figure out on my own, or share when I'm ready. Maas presents ACOTAR to us as if to say, “See? It’s familiar, you’ve felt this, we’ve all felt this,” and then follows it with ACOMAF and asks, “But isn’t this better?”
Let me know what you thought about ACoMaF, if you disagree about ACoTaR, or if you just want to Rhysand fangirl with me.
SPOILERS IN REVIEW:
On the note of pairings, FEYSAND. Rhysand is, despite always being considered the 'heartless' and 'sadistic' most powerful High Lord, he is actually very thoughtful and selfless - to the point of sacrificing his own happiness to protect those he loves - just like Feyre did for Tamlin (*shudders at name*). Rhys doesn't want to stifle Feyre's strength and lock her away for her own protection like He did... and I loved the part when he appoints her as the High Lady of the Night Court. I screamed when he announced that, mainly because Tamlin never even considered giving that title to Feyre and he shut her down when she pushed him. *angry face*
Rhysand, unlike Tamlin, wants Feyre at his side, as an equal, as his Mate *inwardly squeals*
And I love that so much!
They had let a fox into a chicken coop
Future aspiring writers, remember the ending of this book; it is how you ensure that your readers will count down the days to your book's release. Though it wasn't a cliffhanger, it still ended on a very, very mean ending, in the best possible way. I've re-read the book about five times already, and still cry at the end.