A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court - but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms - and she might be the key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future - and the future of a world cleaved in two (from Goodreads).

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This obviously isn't the Lunar Chronicles, which is what I'm meant to be reading this month. I just got a little bit sidetracked, because I was very excited for this book. Despite the qualms I had with the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses (the review of which you can read here), I was still ready to give this world a chance. I'm so glad I did, because A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF, for ease) kicks ass and Sarah J. Maas has now been firmly cemented as my favourite YA writer.

When we last left Feyre, she had just become immortal and her future was very uncertain. The two things she did know; she and Tamlin loved each other, and that she had made a deal with the devil where Rhysand was concerned. Though fearful of what could be coming, what happens after Amarantha's fall, Feyre was sure she and Tamlin would face it together, united. 

United is not the word I would use to describe where the two of them are in ACOMAF. Tamlin has returned to his role as High Lord, and Feyre feels suffocated in this world of politics and tradition, especially considering she's still suffering from PTSD. Which Tamlin doesn't seem to notice. He still sleeps through the night, while she wakes up with nightmares fearing for her sanity. Tamlin and I never clicked, and he just acts like a dick in this. So I was very, very pleased when Rhysand decided to call in his deal with Feyre right as she's walking down the aisle. Well, she is sort of contemplating the idea of running away when he turns up, but still. Tamlin is enraged, obviously, but Rhysand is his charming self and it's a really great scene. 

When Rhysand steals her away, aka rescues her from making a terrible decision, that's the moment Feyre truly begins to heal. He, unlike Tamlin, recognizes she is broken and is very eager to help her piece herself back together in any way he can. The love triangle presented within the book is not the usual format - Rhysand and Tamlin represent different choices for Feyre, both love different sides of her. It's not about which one of them she loves more; it's about which side of herself she wishes to be. And, because Feyre is a badass who is not anyone's prize to be won, it's not really a choice at all. 

Feyre is such a strong character in this book, even when she has been shattered. Her growing relationship with Rhysand correlates well with her growing understanding of herself. I'm glad we got to delve deeper into his mind, understand him better as he was always my favorite from the previous book. I enjoyed the new additions in the characters of Morrigan, Amren, Cassian and Azriel. They flesh out Rhysand as a person, as a High Lord, but they are also important well-rounded characters on their own. Together, they are truly one fantastic team. 

The plot outside the romance follows Feyre and her new friends as they discover the evil, psychotic King of Hybern has found a sacred cauldron in his power that could bring about a war that would destroy all. With Feyre's growing powers, the group are readying to oppose the King. At times this plot line could be faster, but I understand there was only so far it could go in this book, the characters being where they are, emotionally and physically. 

That ending was just...wow. I really can't wait for book 3 now, after all that drama. I'm eagerly waiting to see how Feyre will use her new position, what her friends are going to do next, how all the shit you know is going to go down happens. It's all very exciting. Luckily I have Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5, another fabulous series by Sarah J. Maas) to look forward to in September to get me through the wait. 
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