With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas's masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
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This book was AMAZING! So many things happen and change in this book that I actually had to take a day to figure out how to organize my thoughts. Everything we thought we knew from the first book is completely washed away as Feyre adapts to being a faerie and deals with the trauma from her experiences Under the Mountain.
Life After Trauma
Mist and Fury takes places a few months after Feyre has been Made into a High Fae and she is really struggling to heal. This is a mortal girl who has had to endure countless horrors, died, and woke up as an immortal creature with gifts she doesn't understand. Additionally, the male she loves is protective to the point of abusive, showing little trust in her and essentially treating her like a pet that needs to do as he commands to stay safe. While I feel bad for Tamlin (he is clearly dealing with PTSD himself and doesn't know how to express himself in a healthy way), this is such a toxic environment for Feyre. Maas does a great job showing how Feyre almost succumbs to her depression but with the help and love of friends she is eventually able to heal. The first quarter of this book was hard to read because it's clear how much pain Feyre is in and no one is helping her!! Thank god for Rhysand...
Rhysand and the Inner Circle
I absolutely love Rhysand and his friends. Their relationship is so perfect and exactly what Feyre needs to heal and understand what true family looks like. With her own messy relationships everywhere else, I love that she gets to see what a close, loving family can be. Rhysand has obviously stolen my heart in this book. Everything about him - his patience, his healthy protective instincts for others, his beautiful heart - just make me want to give him a hug. And meeting Mor, Cassian, Azriel, and Amren was everything I wanted. Their intricate relationships are excellent and I can't wait to read and unravel more of them in the next book!
So many things happen in this book and it's hard to fully talk about because I don't want to give away spoilers, but it's hard because Maas basically blows up everything we thought we knew from the first book to make way for the amazing relationships and characters that develop in this one. That said, the ending of this book is PERFECT! Not only has Feyre finally fully accepted who she is, but just when she's becoming comfortable with her abilities and relationships, King Hybern steps out of the shadows and completely changes the game. I love the quick decision she makes at the end and although she has to leave her new world, you know she's going to come back stronger in the next book. Such a perfect way to show the difference between Feyre from the beginning to end of this book - she has moved from a new fae dealing with trauma to an incredibly powerful High Fae who is ready to fight for her family. I loved it.
This is a truly wonderful book and in no way falls into the dreaded "middle book" category - I actually liked this book better than A Court of Thorns and Roses! The characters have more depth, the story is building to something stronger, and I've completely fallen in love with this world. This is high recommend from me! What did you think of A Court of Mist and Fury?
*Note: there are very explicit sex scenes in this novel. If you are not comfortable reading them, I'd recommend either skipping those pages or avoiding the book entirely. While this series is marked as Young Adult it should really be New Adult for explicit content. Just putting it out there so that no one is surprised when reading the book.
FINAL RATING: 5/5
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