Title : A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author : Sarah J Maas
Genre : Fantasy
Published : May 3rd, 2016
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 mentioned in my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses that I’m in love with the book but after reading A Court of Mist and Fury, I’m way more in love with ACOMAF. The story is getting better, people!
ACOMAF is a lot better than ACOTAR. ACOMAF is just on another level. The storyline itself got a lot bigger in ACOMAF but doesn’t mean that it doesn’t make sense or feel forced. The story just flows and you just can’t wait to turn the page to know what’s going to happen next. Sarah J Maas is one of the best writers when it comes to world-building and she did it again in this one with her vivid description of them. Especially of the Night Court. While I was reading that, all I wanted to do was to fly to Velaris right away because everything sounds beautiful.
Despite the amazing world-building, the thing that stands out to me from this book are the characters. I’m going to start this on a negative note; I really dislike Tamlin in this book. The way he treated everyone, especially Feyre, was just too much. I’ve read discussion posts where write about the relationship being abusive and I totally get that. It was a game of emotion manipulation, using ‘protection’ as an excuse. It also felt like as if he’s using Feyre as a piece in his political chess. I now realised that we did get a glimpse of Tamlin’s personality in ACOTAR but I chose to ignore it because the plot leant heavily on their romance and I want to read a happily ever after kind of story. I think there was a point in ACOMAF where you’ll recognise that despite Tamlin’s genuine feelings and intentions to Feyre, their relationship is unhealthy.
Relationship aside, I was genuinely surprised that Sarah J Maas took their plot into this direction. I’ve read many comments saying they fell in love with Tamlin in ACOTAR and now hate him; Tamlin is totally villainized in ACOMAF. However, there was no development on why Tamlin becomes THAT “protective”. Yes, people can change and he did go through a traumatic experience of almost losing Feyre, but the change in him, dictating Feyre on what she can and cannot do, felt super sudden to me. Also, the rest of Spring Court is ruined. It’s almost like they will never get the happy ending they wanted.
Let’s move on to the things I like, or even love, in this book; I really LOVE learning more about Rhysand, his courts, and his inner circle; Cassian, Azriel, Morrigan, and Amren. This group of people have really interesting back stories that make you appreciate the relationship between them even more. I love the dynamic of the group; their banters are grade A, people! and how easy Feyre fit in and be a part of them.
Feyre and Rhysand relationship is definitely a big part of the story. I have to say that Rhysand in this book is a little too perfect for my liking. When I read the book, I did swoon on certain parts because HOW CAN YOU NOT? But now that I think about it, we didn’t see any flaws in Rhysand, which kinda confused me because remember him in ACOTAR? I like Rhysand now, but it was a gradual process because I was quite wary while reading about him. Again, ACOTAR. I guess I was looking for redeeming qualities and it was all there. Sarah J Maas did a great job in developing Rhysand’s character.
Feyre went through the most changes I’ve ever seen in a character in one book. She almost lost herself in the beginning of the book, feeling trapped in the Spring Court. Once she was out and stay in the Night Court, getting to know the Inner Circle and stories behind the Night Court, she slowly comes back being the badass Feyre that we all love so much. She can be very stubborn at times, but I think that gives her advantages, especially towards the end of the book.
The book is definitely one of the most hyped up books and it was for a good reason! I don’t think I can cram them all into one post because there is just so much in the book that you have to read it yourself to fully understand the hype about this.So glad that the last book is out because that cliffhanger at the end of the book alsfbkasgfuwalsflb! If you haven’t get on board with this series, you should. I think any dystopian fantasy books lovers will enjoy this one. Now let me dive right back into Prythian and continue with the story.