A Court of Mist & Fury
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre/Themes: YA, NA, Fantasy
Audible Length: 23 hrs 16 mins
Format: Audible Audio Book
Finally. I have finally found the time to read one of my most anticipated reads of the year, A Court of Mist and Fury. In case you aren’t aware, the hype is strong with this one. I’m almost glad I didn’t read it when it was first released as that was all literally anyone was talking about. I’m glad I waited for the hype to calm down before I picked up this beast of a novel.
I must admit, I enjoyed A Court of Mist and Fury a lot more than A Court of Thorns and Roses. It seems though that may have been the case for a lot of people. Surprisingly, considering the amount of people that have read and that talked about this book all over Goodreads and elsewhere, I was not spoiled at all. I had no idea what kinds of twists and turns were in store for me when I opened up this novel.
A Court of Mist and Fury picks up not too long after the final events of A Court of Thorns and Roses. Feyre has struck a deal with Rhysand and must live with him in the Night Court for one week every month. That is literally all I can tell you without spoiling the rest of the story.
I absolutely loved how we were all misled while reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. As most of you probably already know, this series is meant to be a Beauty and The Beast retelling. Now, after reading the first novel, I thought I had a pretty solid grasp on who each character was supposed to represent in correlation with the classic story. Turns out I was completely wrong. As the story went on I started to realize that these characters didn’t correspond with who I originally thought.
I’m not sure exactly what changed about Feyre that has me questioning whether or not I still enjoy her as a character. I understand she has gone through something life-altering at the end of the first novel, but there was just something about her in this book that I didn’t particularly enjoy. Maybe it was just the way she was preformed through the audiobook, who knows. Basically, my opinion of every single character within this series has changed slightly from one book to the other. Tamlin completely pissed me off within the first 10 minutes of this book and while it makes sense as the story continues, it was just such a complete flip in terms of characterization. He is nothing like how he was within the first novel, and while it works, it was completely shocking. And of course there’s Rhysand. I think we all had a little baby book crush on him when he first appeared as the mysterious bad boy of the Night Court in A Court of Thorns and Roses, but once again, his character does a complete 180. Or maybe we just learned WAY more about him. Rhysand was the only character in which I didn’t mind the change of character at all, in fact, I completely loved it. That was probably one of the biggest plot twists within this series and I love love loved it. I know, I know, you’re probably sick of hearing about everyone’s love for Rhysand at this point, but honestly, have you read this book? Because damn.
We are also introduced to a few new characters that live within the Night Court. We meet Morrigan, Cassian, Azriel and Amren, all of whom are members of Rhysand’s court. I actually enjoyed the hell out of these new characters and I really hope we get to see more of them within the future of this series. I’m also really eager to see how Feyre’s sisters will play into the rest of this series, especially considering the dramatic turn of events that involve them at the end of A Court of Mist and Fury.
Now, I have come to realize that this book is marketed to a different demographic depending on where you are in the world. I made a comment on Goodreads, after reading a particularly R-Rated scene, about how this is one of the most risqué young adult books I have ever read. I got a few comments from a few readers in return mentioning that this series is marketed as new adult where they are from, which makes more sense in my opinion. I’m not saying teens can’t read or handle a sex scene, because why not, but damn was it ever descriptive. Guys, I was listening to this as an audiobook…out loud…while I got ready for work in the morning. I don’t live alone so, yeah there were moments where I considered popping in some headphones.
Other than that, I’m glad that I chose to listen to this as an audiobook. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but this book is over 600 pages long. I cry when a book hits 400 pages. I have such a short attention span and I’m not exactly the world’s fastest reader, so you can understand why A Court of Mist and Fury may have been slightly intimidating for me. I usually reserve my Audible credits for super long books I really want to read because I know that’s probably the only way I’ll ever be able to get through them. While the audiobook was a whopping 23 hours long, it didn’t really feel that way. Sure there were moments that dragged and felt a little repetitive, but overall, this was one hell of an entertaining 23 hours. Time well spent if you ask me.
I don’t know about you, but I am already 100% ready for the next book in this series. I was beginning to question whether or not I wanted to continue with the series after reading A Court of Thorns of Roses, but I am so glad that I did as A Court of Mist and Fury completely changed how I feel about this series as a whole. I need the next book NOW!