Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.
Sarah J. Maas throws us right back into the action and world of Prythian, picking up almost right where A Court of Thorns and Roses left off. Feyre has returned to the Spring Court with Tamlin, but the woman who emerged from Under the Mountain is not the same woman who went in.
Both Jenny O’ and I agree, A Court of Mist and Fury surpasses the first book of the series in every way, shape, and form! If you liked A Court of Thorns and Roses, then you will LOVE A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF).
The first thing I loved and appreciated about A Court of Mist and Fury was that Sarah J. Maas did not waste any time explaining or recapping what we already read and learned in the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses. I always get frustrated when authors waste time and pages telling their readers what they already know. So, thank you Sarah J. Maas for picking right back up where you left off!
Complex Characters, Love, and Self-Love
The single greatest thing Maas does in ACOMAF is she takes all of her characters, dives deeper into their complexities, introduces new and complex characters, and takes us on an emotional character development journey. While A Court of Thorns and Roses was an action driven story, ACOMAF is a character driven story.
When we start ACOMAF, Feyre is reunited with Tamlin in the Spring Court, but neither one of them is the same person they were before they went Under the Mountain. Feyre is dealing with depression and PTSD. Tamlin is struggling with control issues. Feyre and Tamlin find themselves in an unhealthy, abusive (both emotionally and physically), and toxic relationship. There is no doubt that they love each other, but Feyre and Tamlin’s love is not healthy. Through Feyre, Tamlin, and Rhysand, Maas explores the concept of self-love, dealing with past demons, knowing your own worth, and demanding/expecting that level of love from your partner. The way Maas dealt with all of these complex issues was really wonderful and I appreciate her putting such real and current issues into a fantasy series!
New Locations & New Characters
At the end of ACOTAR, Feyre makes a bargain with Rhysand to spend one week a month with him in the Night Court. Without giving away any spoilers, I will only say that Rhysand holds her to that bargain, and oh what a court it is! I would love to pick up and move to the Night Court, specifically the city of Velaris! Beyond spending a good chunk of time in the Night Court, Maas also introduces us to the Summer Court. Visiting the different courts of Prythian expands the scope of the world Maas has created and I felt that it lent more truth and credibility to the world.
In addition to spending most of the book in the Night Court, we also get introductions to Rhysand’s inner circle: Mor, Amren, Azriel, and Cassian. This group of friends is what dreams are made of! Rhysand is a complex character who has surrounded himself with equally complex characters – and I loved each and every one of them!
I cannot write anything else for fear of giving away major spoilers. Just trust me, read this book!
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Jenny O’s Thoughts:
We see some of Maas’s best writing here in the second installment of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. The pacing of the story is great, the prose is much stronger, and we get to experience more of the complexity and evolution of the central characters. Frankly, it was hard to put down.
The main romance in this volume is much more fulfilling than the first novel. It was sexy and fun, and feels both healthy and real in a way that Feyre’s other relationship could never be. They also deal with important personal and relationship issues that raise this series to a higher, more mature level from what would otherwise be a standard YA story.
Maas’s strongest work continues to be in the development of her characters. Feyre really comes to life in this book and is an excellent heroine. We get to experience her evolution as she really comes into herself and shapes the action in a way that was missing before.
We also have the addition of several fantastic secondary characters that bring humor and provide new perspectives on the action. As with many movies and books, the best friends and secondary characters can really make or break the story. In this case, it’s definitely the former.
An all-around successful novel, with an absorbing, emotional story-line and complex, engaging characters.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 3, 2016)
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fiction, Fairy Tale, Romance, Action & Adventure
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Author: Sarah J. Maas