A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J MaasA Court of Mist and Fury is a beast in every sense of the word, clocking in at 200+ pages more than it's predecessor, A Court of Thorns and Roses. The page count isn't the only thing that makes this book a beast though. The unrelenting plot, the host of new characters, the Night Court in all it's glory - all of it is BEAST. While I loved enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses when I read it, it now pales in comparison to the awesomeness that is A Court of Mist and Fury.
A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published May 3rd 2016 by Bloomsbury
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.
Every single thing has changed this time around, so you should be prepared for that going in. Yes Feyre has changed but more than you might realize. Her reality has changed, her surroundings have changed but more than anything, the world has changed around her. And if you loved Feyre in ACOTAR, be prepared to have your socks knocked off this time around. Watching her grow from the shambles of her current state, dealing with PTSD (realistically, I might add) and emerge as her true self was nothing short of spectacular. I am in awe of Sarah J Maas' skills, especially considering how she basically rewrote this book from the ground up and crafted it into the EPIC story contained within these pages.
At over 600+ pages, I would not remove a single word from A Court of Mist and Fury. It never felt slow, never faltered, never failed to sink its hooks into me. This book started out intense and then floored it into something frantic, dark and decadent that consumed me body and soul. The darkness grew into something wholly unique here, and I again have to praise Maas for throwing life and love into the darkness. The slow build of passion, of magic, of a world being fully revealed is almost too much to comprehend. I am honestly swimming in a sea of night and stars as I type this...and I never, ever want to come back down.
I was a little worried when Maas spoke about the changes she had in store for this installment, and the series as a whole, but I should have known better. I should have known that SJM is one of those few authors who can do no wrong with me. The new direction gets my wholehearted support, as does this book in general. The characters were phenomenal. The pacing was tight. The setting was absolutely stunning. (I WANT TO GO BACK THERE NOW!) The romance, for its part was beautiful and hot as all hell. Spoilers: I am 100000% on team Rhysand now. The way he treated Feyre as an equal and gave her time to heal was STUNNING. He's dark tortured but also caring, strong and just beautiful. Basically, a dream come true! And as much as I had liked Tamlin in ACOTAR, his behavior at the end always irked me. Honestly, his evolution here, considering what they all went through Under the Mountain makes total sense to me. In a word? This book was intoxicating.
I realize that there's very little detail in my review, but A Court of Mist and Fury is a book that's best experienced with a clean slate. Know that if you love Maas and you loved ACOTAR, you are in for a treat! The Night Court is easily my favorite court of them all now. If you haven't read this already - well, you need to fix that. NOW. But be warned: the wait for ACOTAR3 will be a long and painful one...
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars