A Court of Mist and Fury Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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 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.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas' masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
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|Listening Length||23 hours and 16 minutes|
|Author||Sarah J. Maas|
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|Audible.com Release Date||May 03, 2016|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #131 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Reviewed in the United States on June 25, 2021
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I want to start off with how healthy Sarah J. Maas is writing Feyre. Healthy relationships are rare to find in YA. And after all the neglect from Tamlin, she realized her worth. It took her a little while to see her worth. And she only got to see her worth when she was away from the Spring Court, courtesy of Rhysand.
Feyre was left in isolation for three months after the events in ACOTAR. Isolation leads to self-reflection and that's why she was still in agony and tortuous pain from her mind while living safely in the Spring Court. Her night terrors never went away because she had all this time to remember her ordeal.
And then Rhysand comes into the picture. And he gave her nothing but choices, which in its own way is everything. She made friends and started living a healthy lifestyle. She was fixing herself because she saw more than just the suffocating walls of Tamlin's home. Rhysand knew she could only fix herself. He gave her that chance to become independent again. And if that's not the healthiest thing I've ever read in YA, then nothing is.
Now that that's out of the way.
Holy Cauldron is he precious. He thinks so little of himself and it breaks my heart that he thinks that way. The most powerful High Lord in Pyranthian thinks he doesn't deserve happiness. After everything he endured Under the Mountain with Amarantha for fifty years. He deserves everything and more. He is so fragile. PROTECT HIM FEYRE.
I have grown very attached to this series and I've learned that it's not safe to read in public because you will get aroused. So thank you Maas for that.
And she treated Tamlin like garbage why? Because YOU didn't want to talk to him about what you're dealing with. When he "locked"her in the house and she freaked out because "OMG! I'm locked up again like I was Under The Mountain!" I wanted to throw the book at the wall.
I ended up skimming through the rest to the end just to see what happened. I unfortunately bought the third book and I hope that it ends up better than this one.
Note to the parents: This book can get pretty steamy/descriptive in terms of romantic scenes. (I’m just alerting you if you are very cautious about the types of books/scenes you want your kids to read given their age range.) If it helps, I feel like the author was very purposeful in including those scenes, and if anything, I think things are described in a way that is healthier than what’s in a lot of teen fiction nowadays (ie: destructive relationships).
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After finishing this book, my feelings and my thoughts were literally all over the place.
And, I finally knew for certain that I did the right thing by stalling in starting to read this book until my exams had passed. Because, when I started it, oh boy, I just never seemed able to put it down. Like, ever. Again. Ahh.
Anyway, I should probably stop rambling and start a proper review.
I would like to begin from a comparison with the first book in the series, ACOTAR*. This book, I really didn't care for it for about the first 200 pages, as I explained in my review of it. And, I wasn't entirely at fault there, if I say so myself, because, honestly, it was like a prologue to the whole epic-ness that followed in ACOMAF**. Like, literally the lengthiest prologue I've ever read, but still.
The thing is that I didn't particularly care for almost anything for the biggest part of the book, and what bugged me the most, was that I did not really care for the protagonist, Feyre. When that happens, I find it really hard to love a book. In fact, I only really liked Tamlin. I might even say I loved him and found him utterly adorable.
Oh boy, was I wrong... oh boy...
ACOMAF came and just flipped my whole world around. And, trust me, I had seen how much everyone raved about Tamlin, and Rhysand, and Feyre (I mean, ACOWAR*** and even ACOFAS**** are even out, and I just finished the second book, so...). So, I was already suspicious that something is going to happen, and I was extra ready to defend Tamlin and protest against anything that attempts to prove my feelings for characters wrong.
I am not sure as to whether the following could count as spoilers, as I detail a bit the beginning, but it might spoil an important aspect of Feyre's romantic relationships, so proceed with caution!
I realized something was wrong between my previous couple, Tamlin and Feyre, right from the very first pages (if not the very first lines). When the heroine woke up in the middle of the night to vomit, after another horrible nightmare, and noticed that Tamlin did not even stir, even if she was not certain that he was asleep.
When similar behaviour continued, where they just shoved everything under the rug and refused to acknowledge their individual, as well as interpersonal, problems, I knew that this relationship was doomed. Any similar relationship would be, not jut Tamlin and Feyre's but just saying.
And then... then...
So many conflicted feelings, so much inner turmoil, so many questions about everyone's behaviours and motivations, and mostly? So. Much. Adorableness! And, well, sexiness, too.
And, I won't even talk about Velaris and the fact that I felt my heart being ripped out and then put back into its place at the end...
I really really do not want to go into too many details, because I would hate to spoil the crucial parts of this book. I want everyone to feel all these feelings I felt while reading this book.
I mean, as I am not blind and everyone has been raving for years in bookstagram about it, I knew that something is going to change between Feyre and Rhysand.
And, I might also add that Rhys brings out the best in Feyre. A few chapters into the book I started feeling like Feyre is indeed a heroine, and not just a character whose story is being narrated to us, neutrally and from a distant point of view (even if it is in the first person) - much like I had during the most part of ACOTAR.
But, I never thought it would come to a point where it would make that much sense to me. Where I would not only support, but love their relationship so much.
A point, even, where this book became one of my favorite reads.
Because this is a book I am DEFINITELY reading again. Once I'm through with ACOWAR and ACOFAS, I will start the series again. Because knowing now so many things I didn't before, I will even gladly read the first book (most likely skim through the first two parts and read the rest word by word, but still...).
Ah, overall, what an experience... Off to start ACOWAR now!!
All in all, 6/5 stars to this masterpiece, because literally,
I do not even care if the rest of the series is not as good as this book,
ACOMAF earned its rightful place in my heart and in my favorites' list,
and can never be budged down from there.
*A Court of Thorns and Roses
**A Court of Mist and Fury
***A Court of Wings and Ruin
****A Court of Frost and Starlight
I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in the series and was eager to see how the story continued in this one, and was glad to find that I wasn't disappointed. Maas' world-building steps up in this second volume, and where the first was very much a re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, threaded together with this story of the Fae, I thought A Court of Mist and Fury very much had its own identity and lore. That being said, there were still elements of mythology entwined in to Maas' tale, the story this time loosely based on that of Hades and Persephone, and I enjoyed this nod to the Greek myth.
I liked that we got to see much more of Prythian and some of the other Courts, specifically the Night Court, which was depicted so vividly. The scale of the story seemed larger too, and there were a whole host of new colourful characters introduced in this second book.
Indeed, I think the characterisation was probably the best thing about the book. Beginning with our lead character, Feyre may now be High Fae, but Maas depicts her as humanely as ever. I thought it was really to her credit that she shows the impact of events that transpired at the end of the last book on Feyre, and that despite a seemingly 'happy ever after ending,' the horrors of those events are enduring. Not only has Feyre changed because of what she went through, but so too has Tamlin, and because both are struggling with their own separate traumas and neither can communicate it well to the other, the impact is also seen upon their relationship.
I commented in my review of the last book that I felt in the last section, the bond between Feyre and Rhysand almost seemed to eclipse that of Feyre and Tamlin, though given the overall time spent developing the latter relationship in that book, it was still the one I was more invested in as a reader. I did wonder at how the relationship dynamic between the three would be developed in this book, however, I actually feel it wasn't even a question of that in the end. For me there was no love triangle in this story, rather Maas explores the now changed relationship between Feyre and Tamlin, a relationship that has become unhealthy and which breaks because they are no longer compatible. Through the course of the book Maas allows Feyre to grieve for what she has lost with Tamlin and come to a slow acceptance of it, even as she begins to find herself drawn towards Rhysand.
I have read in others reviews quite a lot of criticism that Tamlin underwent a complete character change in this story. Personally I don't agree. I liked Tamlin in the first book, and his relationship with Feyre there was sweet. However, it was also always quite paternalistic, with him as her protector and High Lord, and she the weak human girl who he could cosset. Tamlin was also never the best communicator, even in the first book, and with events that transpired, I feel those traits are just heightened in him.
Coming to now Rhysand, could Maas possibly have made him any more endearing? I loved Rhysand in the last book, even when he came across as arrogant and mysterious, and I couldn't quite understand him. In this book, Maas slowly peels away the layers to his personality, or rather removes the many masks he wears, so that you get to see the real him, and the truth is he is just too precious. I like that he still has that dark edge, that charm and wit and humour, but you also get to see his vulnerabilities, his huge capacity to love and give. I loved how he supported Feyre throughout this book, always treating her as an equal, loving her but never smothering her, and always allowing her to make her own choices at every step. The slowly evolving relationship between the two was a joy to behold, with all the teasing and banter, as well as the more tender moments.
As mentioned there are lots of new characters in this second book, and the whole of the Inner Circle were a joy to get to know, and I look forward to seeing more of them in the next book. Other characters from the first book, such as Lucien, don't feature as much in this story, but the new characters more than made up for it, and to be quite frank I found myself a bit disappointed in Lucien in this story, though again I don't think he acted out of character, as he was always portrayed as a bit weak-willed even in the first, with his loyalties very much to Tamlin. Feyre's sisters also make a return in this story too, and I'm interested to see what Maas does with their characters in the next book.
Overall, this story more than anything else, is about Feyre finding herself, and choosing who she wants to be. It is about her learning to accept the traumas she has endured and move on despite of them, to find hope and meaning in life again. Of course Feyre is now Fae, and not just any ordinary Fae. We learn that the nature of her 'making' has gifted her extraordinary powers, and through the course of the book she learns to slowly master them. This book was very much a feminist tale, and I thought Feyre was so much stronger as a personality by the end of this book than she was in the first, and it is hard not to root for her as she kicks ass.
There is of course a new threat, this time in the King of Hybern, and a plot that Feyre and her new friends must try to thwart. There are a number of small adventures along the way as they have to obtain certain items, which takes them on a detour to the Summer Court, and also interactions with some mortal Queens, all building to the main action at the end.
As with the last book I did find the pacing a bit uneven, with long stretches that are much more character-driven, and then lots of action at the end. The book ends in an intriguing place, almost a cliff-hanger, such that I'm certain to move onto the next immediately.
Again as with the first novel, Maas can be a bit heavy on the exposition at times, though I did like the back stories of a lot of the characters, especially the members of the Inner Circle. With regards to the Inner Circle, I do wish we got to see more of them using their own powers. Cassian and Azriel, were afforded decent opportunity to display their skills, but Mor, Amren and Rhys himself, I felt Maas constantly held back. She repeatedly tells us how powerful they are, and then especially with Rhys, constantly makes up excuses for why he can't use his powers in any given situation, at times at which feel more feeble than others, like when he just forgot he could erase the minds of the Summer Court soldiers, so as not to raise the alarms. It often felt very much a ploy needed to drive the plot and was done clumsily, other times it was as if she had to have Feyre shine at every single opportunity with her powers, and whilst I enjoyed Feyre mastering her powers, I didn't think it needed to be done at the expense of everyone else. I hope Maas gives some of the others a chance to demonstrate their powers more in the next book, as when you've got such a great ensemble, it doesn't need to be completely a one woman show.
Overall I loved this book and thought it was a real step up from the last, and fell in love with the characters. There were just some quips for me personally that made this short of a five star read.
This book is amazing!!!! It thought I felt it all with ACOTAR but this took me to a whole other level and oh lord - I don’t know what to feel anymore! What are feelings compared to the bond of a mate?
This book picks up straight after the conclusion of ACOTAR. It’s all about hoe the Hero deals with the aftermath of a winning by any means necessary. The trauma of abuse and pain and survivor’s guilt. What happens when the hero has crippling nightmares and can’t get past the trauma and abuse they suffered? What happens when the act of winning changes you irrevocably and makes you a different person? How will it test your relationships and your view of the world?
SJM is brilliant in how she draws you in and build the characters. I loved the development of the relationships in this book. I kept fighting sleep as I waited and waited for the culmination of this central storyline and next thing I knew it was 9.30am and my eyes literally wouldn’t stay open. This is an absolutely breathtaking to an already epic tale and I’m racing to the next book.
It isn't often that I finish a book and actually need to know more. As in I need the next instalment. I feel lost without it and can't read anything else, because this tale has utter and complete priority in my mind. It happened here. It has only just happened here. I am cursing myself for writing this review instead of buying the next book... I even tried to read something else and simply couldn't focus because I needed to know what happened here, I needed the next book.
This has everything that was potentially missing in a Court of Thorns and Roses, and whilst I was significantly aggravated by Tamlin's heavy handed and control freaky behaviour, the author redeems herself completely by showing that this is not acceptable. Far too many young adult books has the lead male as the stalker and controlling type, without any recognition that this isn't romantic, it isn't sweet, it's damn abusive. I could kiss Sarah J. Maas for pointedly refusing to fall into this trap and for giving us something far more real and true, whilst still playing in her remarkably full and wonderful fantasy world.
The plot thickens significantly here, with many new characters being added to the tale along with some wonderful development of characters we had only ever seen one side of before. The main difference is the development of the Night Court and the characters within it, and there are definitely some surprises on the horizon if you are coming blind out of the first book in the series. I had not anticipated where Maas took this novel, but I loved nearly every second of it. It isn't just the new characters who are developed and built upon however, characters who are central to the first novel receive the same treatment and this is exceptionally noticeably with both Tamlin and Feyre... although not all of the development is good. But let's be honest, that's human, that's real, that's life. Sometimes things that don't kill you make you stronger. Sometimes they just break you.
I loved Maas' explorations of so many more aspects of this world; not least the unique properties Feyre now possesses due to being made and not born a Fae. There's a lot of gentle exploration of her new powers as well as her learning to harness and control them, yet it never becomes boring. In the midst of this, you have a world that is going to hell and Feyre finds herself stuck right in the centre of the plots for how to stop it. Friendship and trust is a central theme here, as indeed however are treachery and betrayal. One of the first lessons you learn is that nothing is quite as it seems and what you thought to be true fact, may well indeed be a complete crock of lies and trickery.
Maas shows off some splendid writing, stunningly well plotted and paced narrative and exceptionally intricate world and character building here, and I cannot fault her at all. In fact, I fell in love with this book. I had bought the next one the moment I walked through the door and had wi-fi. I hadn't intended on reading the next in the series immediately after, but honestly, I can't see any other choice. I am utterly hooked.
Amarantha may be dead but the effect she had on everyone has lingered. And now the King Of Hybern is planning to start a war with Prythian; Amarantha having just been a test.
On top of all that, it seems as though Feyre has gleaned powers from all the seven High Lords that revived her Under The Mountain, and she’s struggling to wield them. Control them. But who can help her? She is the first of her kind. Unprecedented.
Well, I was so torn throughout a lot of this book! I’ve never really been one for love triangles so I kept dreading what I was expecting to happen...but without ruining anything I’m am so onboard with the outcome!
I mean, I thought I loved the first book but this one has left me gobsmacked! It seriously has a bit of everything - fantasy, action, romance, some actual smut (!), great banter, strong females, hot and swoony males, friendship, love, horrific bad guys, more action, betrayal, magic...the list goes on. The next book looks even thicker and I can’t wait to find out what happens!