Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J Maas
Date Published: 3rd May 2016
Rating: 4.5 stars
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.
I’ve previously been vocal about not loving A Court of Thorns and Roses. When I read ACOTAR I was smitten with Tamlin, but as the plot progressed I became more and more uncomfortable by the relationship that developed between Feyre and Tamlin. It just didn’t sit well with me and I ended up not wanting to continue the trilogy. And then A Court of Mist and Fury, the second book in this trilogy, was released last year and everyone in the bookish community raved about how amazing it was. Some of my buddies on Bookstagram encouraged me to just stick it through and read the second novel; and these are all friends I trust wholly when it comes to literature. Eventually I caved, thanks to Nihaad from @read_and_seek for being so passionate about ACOMAF, and I am so glad I did.
I’ve also previously expressed my annoyance with the way in which Maas portrays relationships in her novels particularly in her ToG series and of course in ACOTAR. But after reading ACOMAF I completely understand why Maas set up the first novel the way she did. Maas redeems herself with an impressive cast of characters. Th male lead us undeniably a feminist and the supporting characters that are flawed in personality (we all know Maas’s characters are physically flawless) but extremely lovable. These characters creep into your heart and you just can’t help but get attached.
The world Maas introduced in ACOTAR has expanded and we get to visit place that were merely mentioned in the first novel. The Night Court is an absolute dream…
The friendships portrayed within ACOMAF are admirable and are strengthened by a long and complicated history. It is the complex dynamics between this cast of characters, along with intricate plot that Maas has weaved – yes, fam, some major plot twists are coming your way – that makes this a read that will leave you lying awake at night on Tumblr, like a ravenous wolf, scouring for fan art and memes.
I fear that if I say anything else about this novel there will be major spoilers. So, if you haven’t read A Court of Mist and Fury you really should, especially if you’re a fan of strong female leads, feminist love interests, an enchanting world with interesting magic, and characters who aren’t always who they seem. And the ships… You will ship everyone with someone!
I can’t wait for A Court of Wings and Ruin to be released in May.