A Review of A Court of Mist and Fury with a Reflection on Re-Reading Books
(Spoilers from A Court of Thorns and Roses)
So I’m one of those people who creates rules for themselves: can’t watch a tv show out of order, can’t start a movie in the middle, can’t have an appetizer after dinner, and so on and so forth. I also have rules when it comes to reading books, one of my top rules is that I am not allowed to re-read a book right after I finish it. In other words no ending the last sentence and then flipping to the beginning again.
I came up with this rule around 2003 when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came out. I listened to the end of that book (it was on a real cassette tape, believe it or not) over and over again, until I could think of nothing else. My mind was full of the Department of Mystery and (Spoiler!) Sirius Black’s death. I cried over and over again. Some how I had become addicted to the pain of losing him. So I created a rule to never re-read a book until I’ve read a few other books in between to keep my mind from falling apart.
A Court of Mist and Fury is testing me on this rule. I bought it right when the doors opened to Barnes & Nobles on Tuesday. I read it, all 600 pages, that day. I could barely think about food or bodily functions, all I could think about was the story. It consumed me. When the end came, such a good ending by the way, I was squealing out loud and scaring the heck out of my cat. I had so much energy I wanted to run and jump and scream and holler. But it was midnight and I couldn’t do any of those things. So I went to bed dreaming of the story that had just devoured me whole. I woke up and the only thing I wanted to do was read it again. A book has never come this close to owning my mind for 13 years.
Sarah J. Maas is a master wordsmith, world builder, and character creator. We pick up three months after A Court of Thorns and Roses ended. Feyre and Tamlin are about to be married and there is hustle and bustle about making the perfect wedding come true. The only dark cloud is that pesky deal with Rhysand looming over them. He hasn’t come to collect yet, and Feyre is hoping against hope that he won’t. But what kind of story would that be?
We are introduced to a lot of new characters, most of them central in the Night Court, but we also meet some from other courts as well. The tension is nicely built, character histories are reveled in good time, and action is non-stop. I can’t say enough nice things about this book. Go read it for yourselves! Now! Tell me what you think in the comments.
A Court of Mist and Fury is out now