To all of you fantasy readers, brace yourselves. War is coming. The inner war you rage when you’re reading a book so amazing that you fight between reading it all at once and making it last. I tried to make it last and failed. So now I have to wait in anticipation until May 2017 for the sequel, not knowing what will happen next, not knowing if all of the characters I’ve come to love will survive.
Do not touch Sarah Maas’s A Court of Mist and Fury if you have not read its prequel, Court of Thorns and Roses. Even reading the dust jacket of the second will be a major spoiler. And if you decide to start this series, which I couldn’t encourage more strongly (you just have to!), be prepared to be sleepless at night wondering if the characters will be okay. And it’s going to be hard to find a book to read after Mist and Fury.
Throughout the first two books of the series, protagonist Feyre becomes more developed on paper as she becomes stronger in Prythian. I’ve never seen character development like this. And that’s just one of the characters. Maas created a whole world, and in it are so many High Fae and lesser fairies as well as human characters, each with their own ambitions and dreams and fears. It’s mostly fear that drives these books. The humans fear the fairies, and the fae themselves have plenty to fear. You have to open the book and enter Prythian to find out what that is.
So much from the first book is woven into the threads of the second that you’ll be saying “Oh my god!” whenever something important is revealed, and “I knew it” or “finally!” when a certain something happens – you’ll know what I’m talking about when you read it 😉
Despite taking place in a fantasy world, these characters have relatable problems. There’s politics and war and fear that have to be juggled on top of personal lives. The book reveals a lot about human nature, how people are born and raised with assumptions that get shattered once you experience the real world and learn the truth. So, too, do these characters face that challenge. And sometimes their life depends on trying to break the assumptions the other characters have.
While A Court of Thorns and Roses may share aspects of Beauty and the Beast, this is not a retelling of the classic fairytale. It is so much more. It’s a whole new world the author clearly spent a lot of time flushing out into a reality in the reader’s mind, with writing that was so good you almost felt that you were there watching the blood run and worrying for the character’s lives. The sexy bits were a fun relief from the scary ones, but don’t expect too much. This book isn’t erotica – the scenes enhance the plot and allow us to get to know the characters on a much more personal, vulnerable level.
These are but feeble words in an attempt to describe the literary catharsis I underwent reading these books. I wish I could unread them so I could read them again, and it makes me sad that I can’t do that. So it’s up to you, dear bucksters. If you haven’t read these books yet, you might want to start heading to the closest library or bookstore, or go online and get yourself a copy.
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