Review of A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

ACOMAFA Court of Mist and Fury
By: Sarah J Maas
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Format: Hardcover

My Rating:
star

My review will have spoilers for the first book as well as this one! You’ve been warned!

Summary:
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.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.

My Thoughts:
I found ACOMAF to be such an entertaining read. Though it’s a hefty book (so many pages and wow it’s heavy!) it reads much faster than you’d imagine. Maas’ writing is always addicting and this is the type of book you’ll have trouble putting down. There’s romance, twists, action scenes and overall it is such a fun book.

I opted to not reread ACOTAR prior to jumping into this sequel and I sort of wish I had. I’d forgotten some things and I honestly think I would have been able to rate this a little higher had I done a reread. I based my opinions on characters and their actions in this book on my memories of what happened. After discussing a few things that I was a little meh on I was assured by friends that there were hints in ACOTAR and that if I had reread I’d have recalled them. So, the few complaints I had were put to rest. What was that complaint you wonder? View Spoiler »

Ok, with that bit out of the way let’s talk about what I loved- the writing was addicting as I said and of course I really loved Rhys. We got to see so much more about his character and learn about the past from his side. It was eye-opening and really heart breaking. Any reservations I had about him in the last book (I didn’t have many to be truthful) were completely gone. I couldn’t help but swoon and adore him in every way.

the novel started out with a husk of what Feyre used to be like. Her life at the Spring Court had stripped her of her strength and sense of self. The first bit of this novel was really hard to read because for me, she was suffering from abuse. I hated watching her dwindle away. As things progress though I felt that she ended up growing from this hardship and becoming a stronger character. I loved her devotion, bravery and general yearning for life.

I’d not classify these books as young adult since they do contain some sexual scenes. For me, an older reader, these add to the fun of the book though I’ll admit I was rolling my eyes a few times at word choice. They seemed really cheesy but enjoyable.

All through the last book I wanted to see the Night Court and I was so happy that a large portion of this book was set there. It wasn’t exactly as I thought it would be (it was better). I loved the history we learned and all the characters that lived there. These secondary characters were wonderfully developed and complex. I had so much fun meeting Rhy’s court and watching Feyre interact with them all.

Final Thoughts:
Gah, this book is SO hard to review! I’ve been struggling since I read it last month and just can’t ever seem to get my thoughts across very well. I guess the easiest thing to say- if you are a fan of Maas you’ll enjoy this! I think upon reflection that I might like this sequel more than the first book?

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