A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
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Feyre has survived, but her soul is broken. Unable to overcome the trauma she suffered under Amarantha, her mind relives each horrible moment in her nightmares. She should be happy and enjoying the life that is healing all around her, but darkness lurks in her heart. When Rhysand calls in their bargain and brings her to the Night Court, she’ll find that she isn’t the only broken one.
I have been the biggest skeptic about Sarah J. Maas. But I learned never to judge an author by one series alone. (I DNFed Throne of Glass). But let me tell you, this book, this book right here blew me away. The writing wasn’t the best in A Court of Thorns and Roses, it was repetitive and clunky at times. But whatever faults the first book had, this one made up for it.
Feyre goes through such a detailed and excruciating downfall. Her doubts and fears are woven into the story so intricately, and watching her development through it all was phenomenal. And seeing the two fey lords react differently to her brokenness was reflective of the real world when some people just don’t understand how to help someone through trauma. I love watching characters fight to overcome their own boundaries, and the more struggle the better. Sarah J. Maas did this perfectly with Feyre taking each small step forward and sometimes sliding backwards. But the best part of it all, was watching her have someone stand beside her the entire way and not fault her for those steps back she took.
I am the hardest to sell on romance, but A Court of Mist and Fury hit all the right chords for me. A friendship that was built on sarcasm and slowly developed trust, evolved into a passionate romance. There was no instant love, every bit of the relationship was fought for and properly introduced in the story. By the time Feyre chose to move forward with the romance I was bouncing on my feet waiting for it. This is the romance I enjoy reading about. And I need the next book to figure out what happens!
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