This is largely due to the character development of Feyre. My has shI burned thru all 624 pages of A Court of Mist and Fury and savored every minute.
This is largely due to the character development of Feyre. My has she grown! I still had moments where I wanted to grit my teeth at her behavior or thoughts, but Maas did a tremendous job of showing why the traits I found incongruent in A Court of Thorns and Roses were present, while also believably allowing Feyre to evolve past them.
Naturally, exploring Feyre’s dynamic with Rhysand helped on this front.
I shamelessly enjoyed reading their exchanges. It reminded me so much of another of my favorite books, Ink Exchange. In part because the bond between Rhysand and Feyre is so similar that of Irial and Leslie, but also due to the unique contradiction that is the Night Court. That same theme is explored in A Court of Mist and Fury and I, for one, find the complicated nature of the Night Court to be utterly fascinating.
As to be expected, this story does contain a romantic element. All good fantasy does. But unlike the superficial relationship that developed between Feyre and Tamlin, the bond forged between Feyre and Rhysand was utterly delicious. I attribute this to the amount of time Maas took to develop it. We readers are shown as their relationship evolves as opposed to being told it exists as we were with Feyre and Tamlin.
But this book is not simply a romance. In fact, the romance is more of an undercurrent than the theme of this story. A Court of Mist and Fury reveals the world that Maas kept hidden throughoutA Court of Thorns and Roses. Though readers have yet to be introduced to every court, we learn about them in greater detail. As holds true for the human world. And we are introduced to a treasure chest of new characters that were utterly charming.
I love it when authors develop their supporting characters.
For those readers who are fellow fantasy fans,A Court of Mist and Fury rang similar to other fantasy favorites I have read, most notably Ink Exchange which I have already mentioned, but also A Daughter of Smoke and Bone for reasons that I can’t fully explain. But these similarities do not prevent A Court of Mist and Fury from being its own tale. Maas has written and imaginative and intricate world. It's lovely, layered and cruel. The politics, lore and realm that Maas has weaved into what began as a rather frivolous story is nothing short of spectacular. ...more
A Court of Thorns and Roses is a loose re-telling of Beauty and the Beast, but unlike Beauty and the Beast, this story’s Beast, Tamlin, has no integrity. Granted, it takes a long while for the story to reveal this fact. But do not fret, Tamlin is also super studly, loaded, highly skilled warrior and fairy royalty. I have no doubt that many readers will find him appealing. Sadly, I am not among them.
The heroine of A Court of Thorns and Roses, Feyre, is a waify blonde, who loves to paint and cannot read. Beyond that, her character traits are a tangle of contradictions (submissive provider in the human world, assertive and slightly petulant human in the fairy world). I found this hard to digest. We are told that the Fae are ruthless and possess superhuman strength and intelligence, yet I am expected to believe so many can be bested by a 19 year old girl, who cannot read, and taught herself to hunt at 14. I don't think so, especially if she is waify due to lack of nutrition.
While I believe these items will be resolved in the sequel (based on word of mouth and the final events of this book), I wish they had not been present in this book. But even I can agree that once you endure the fluff and frills of the Spring Court, the story becomes entirely intriguing.
I devoured this book! I seriously did not want to put it down, which surprised me given the hokey cover and the fact that I could not stand Kiersten WI devoured this book! I seriously did not want to put it down, which surprised me given the hokey cover and the fact that I could not stand Kiersten White's bubble gum Paranormalcy Series.
And I Darken has it all…an original and intriguing story, a heroine that I can respect, a little bit of swoon, well developed characters and great, well-paced writing.
And Lada, our heroine is beyond amazing.
I would even say she is reminiscent of Quintana of Quintana of Charyn, though Lada is slightly less insane than Quintana…though maybe not by much.
“On our wedding night," she said, "I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.”
I appreciated Lada's struggle to reconcile her ambition with the very real limitations presented to her by virtue of being born a woman. And I admired Kiersten White for writing such an honest portrayal of a women in such circumstances. Lada is not willowy. She plots, she rages, she endeavors to best every man in her path, and she is blinded to the power she is giving up thru her disdain of her own gender and denying her own femininity. She is flawed.
But Lada isn’t the only amazing part of this story. And I Darken contains well drawn secondary characters as well. They enrich the story as this book is split on being driven by characters as well as plot.
The story White depicts is enthralling and action packed. But I would be remiss if I didn't also voice my appreciation for the unconventional setting, Eastern Europe, and the fictitious portrayal of very real historical figures within the Ottoman Empire. I’ve not yet read a book that tackles this time period, or geographical location and I for one, am fascinated.
I cannot wait to get my hands on book two. ...more
It's possible my enjoyment of this book was entirely circumstantial as I listened to it during a 23 hour car ride from Austin, TX to the great state oIt's possible my enjoyment of this book was entirely circumstantial as I listened to it during a 23 hour car ride from Austin, TX to the great state of Michigan. It was either this, or Talk Radio. The book won out. But something tells me I would have enjoyed this story regardless of when I sat down to read it.
Descent tells the story of the Courtland family—Grant, Angela, Caitlin, and Sean—travel to the Rocky Mountains for a summer vacation before Caitlin leaves for college. The destination is Caitlin's choice. A champion runner, she hopes to challenge herself on the terrain of the mountains in an effort to bolster her ability to compete on the collegiate level in a few months. For Grant and Angela, the vacation represents an opportunity to rebuild their marriage.
At the book's onset, Caitlin and Sean go for an early morning run/bike ride in the mountains. A few hours later, Grant receives a phone call from the county sheriff stating that Sean has been found badly injured on the side of a road, probably hit by a car. Caitlin is nowhere to be found. All too quickly the idyllic vacation turns into a family's worst nightmare—what could have happened to Caitlin? Where is she? Is she alive? Will they ever see her again?
Descent follows Grant, Angela, and Sean as they try to make sense of Caitlin's disappearance.
This story meanders. The prose is incredibly purple at the start-though this ebbs dramatically as the story progresses. Characters are introduced that may or may not have a purpose, and all the while, we are searching - and wondering.
Though portions of this story wander down lanes I didn't care to explore, this story kept its pace. I remained intrigued and was constantly on edge, bracing for the worse possible outcome. This is no small feat given the overall amount of action this book ultimately delivers.