“To the people who look at the stars and wish, Rhys.”
Rhys clinked his glass against mine. “To the stars who listen— and the dreams that are answered.”
A Court of Mist and Fury
Sarah J Maas
This quote is an incredibly popular one from ACOMAF, and I think it’s obvious why – so many people connect and are inspired by thoughts of stars and wishes, of dreams coming true. I love the way Maas plays with the usual language a little to construct dreams as a kind of wish, as a question, a request, which can be answered, rather than being only a vision of a future we see in our hopeful moments. I love how out of context, this is still a charming sentiment – but in context, it connects very strongly to the story. The Court of Dreams, in Velaris, the City of Starlight, on the night of Starfall, the first Rhys has spent with his friends in fifty years – and the connection that the book explores between Feyre and Rhysand. The little details of that bond we learn about later on (Chapter 54) and Feyre’s act of painting stars on her drawers, when she first had paint to play with, and when she first painted something only for herself, not also for Elain and Nesta, make this also a nice slice of Maas’ themes for the story.