I don’t normally bundle together series reviews but I felt like it was crucial to do this for Sarah J Maas’s A Court of… series.
A Court of Thorns and Roses introduces the reader to Feyre, a bitter young woman left to provide for her sniveling family after their father gambles away their fortune. They live on the border of the human realm and that of the fae, separated only by a magical wall. Humans were once enslaved by the High Fae and have been left mostly in ruin since the treaty 500 years early. One night Feyre is hunting to save her family and accidentally kills a member of the High Fae, disguised as a wolf. Her punishment is to live with brooding Tamlin, High Lord of the Spring Court. Not all is as it seems, however, and Feyre must fight her prejudices and darker demons to save those she loves.
A Court of Mist and Fury begins with Feyre reeling from the events at the end of the previous book and beginning to question her love for Tamlin, who prefers to treat her like a possession rather than a person. A deal she made with the devilish Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court, sees her whisked away against her will – but is this just what she needs? As she continues to heal from her own experiences, she discovers that the realm is still in grave danger.
I confess that I haven’t been much of a YA reader of late, but a friend recommended this series to me. I read the first one and couldn’t help but think “meh”, it’s all right but nothing spectacular. The writing is very over the top in the way YA romance can be and once again there’s all these ridiculous character names. However, my friend insisted I reserve judgment until I had finished reading the second book and hoo boy, was she right!
A Court of Mist and Fury is utterly delightful. It strips away the usual tropes of true love, destiny, damsel in distress and the frankly troubling YA trend to paint abusive relationships as desirable. Plus, the sex scenes in this book are beyond anything I’ve read in this genre, comparable to the steamiest of romance novels and even fanfiction. Sure, the writing is still over the top, but Sarah J Maas is young and I completely understand why this series is a bestseller.
Highly recommended unless you can’t handle detailed sex scenes. I cannot wait until the final book, A Court of Wings and Ruin is released May 2017.