A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published on: May 3 2016
Genres: Fantasy, New Adult
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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.
Last year, when I read ACOTAR, for the first time, I didn’t love something written by SJM.
It wasn’t awful. It was just meh. Feyre made bad decision after bad decision, and the poor, poor girl’s various hangups and life experiences felt so . . . bloody . . . melodramatic. And something about Tamlin didn’t sit well . . . I think I overlooked that part, b/c it seemed small compared to the tragedy that was Feyre.
Then ACOMAF was released and there was an outcry of dismay by the bookish equivalent of the general public, which, of course, made me think . . . Hmm . . .?
B/c in a handful of ways, I’m not unlike Feyre myself—DIFFICULT. And if everyone hates something, especially, when they previously loved it (and I did not), there’s a distinct possibility that I will love it. #thestruggleisreal
At first, I’ll admit, I wasn’t impressed.
The prologue and the first few chapters were all blah, blah, self-loathing, blah, do-as-I’m-told, something, something, stifle-my-feelings-b/c-Tamlin-has-his-own-issues, blah, blah, Stepford Wife, something, throwing-a-shoe-at-Rhysand’s-head . . . Aha . . . There she is . . .
And suddenly my assumption that Maas had done, once again, what a lot of people think she did in ToG, b/c fickle-broad-who-couldn’t-make-her-mind-up-about-Celaena’s HEA, seemed a bit hasty.
WARNING: if you’re a new-to-SJM reader and have no idea what I’ve been talking about thus far, STOP. My vaguery is about to get less vague. I’ll spoiler tag any blatant spoilers, but a lot of this review is my answer to all the other reviews saying Maas arbitrarily made a significant change in the direction the series was heading. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, and don’t want to be potentially spoiled about that change, DO NOT READ PAST THIS POINT.
You have been duly warned.
Right. So after the first section (114 of 624 pages), Feyre finally became a character I could admire, and she did it in such a way that her actions in the early part of the book were realistic.
And the further I got into the book, the more obvious it was that, NO, this was not a last minute decision on SJM’s part. There is sign after sign after still more signs that Maas was heading in this direction from the beginning.
If you want a comprehensive spoiler-filled list of things said and done in ACOTAR that point to the fact that someone did NOT arbitrarily become the Bad Guy—he was never the Good Guy in the first place—then check out my girl Anna’s review. Smarter than 99% of the rest of us, she never fell for the act in the first place.
And let’s be honest: View Spoiler »Feyre was never a Spring Court kind of girl. She’s a hunter. She’s surly. She’s rude. She’s violent. She’s stubborn. And after what happened Under the Mountain, she’s darrrrrk. « Hide Spoiler
Also, no matter how much someone else superficially appeared to be the Bad Guy, what did we really know about him? Not much that wasn’t based on someone else’s opinion. And what we did know firsthand, was that View Spoiler »he cared enough about his people to become Amarantha’s plaything. That he literally whored himself out to protect his people. And he refused to kill the High Lord of Summer’s cousin on her whim, AND he kept Feyre ALIVE. « Hide Spoiler
So there. Take that, naysayers. *winks*
I can’t say much about the plot without giving things away, but after Feyre turns her corner, what follows is probably my favorite story from Maas yet. Actually, I probably wouldn’t tell you anything about the plot even if it wouldn’t be spoilery. The world Maas shows us in this book is friggin’ riddikulus. You want to experience it with a blank slate, trust me.
It doesn’t get a full five stars b/c those first hundred pages were rough, and there were also a couple of stretching-the-bounds-of-credulity moments near the end, but, man alive, I almost didn’t care. The twists of Feyre’s remaking, the new characters, the Illryians—winged Fae warrior men!—the sexual tension . . .
Speaking of, that’s what the ‘beware!’ button is for. This is meant to be a YA book, but there is SEX, and if you thought it was hot in ACOTAR, then the scenes, YES, plural, in ACOMAF will make you combust. So if that’s not your thing, and you thought you’d be safe b/c YA, now you know otherwise.
Personally, I don’t have a problem with that, and I say A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas makes suffering through the first installment well worth it. It’s rare that a second in series is better than the first, but this is definitely one of those times. Truly guys, so. Much. Better.
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OMG! I wondered why I had traffic on my review LMAO. Thank you for the kind words, I’m honored <3 So so glad that you enjoyed this as well – I know that many readers did, but there was a time when I was a little tired to hear that everyone who enjoyed it was manipulated. I don'tr think we were, but oh well. Wonderful review Jess <3
Thanks, dollface! You deserve the credit for keeping track of all that nonsense, and for not falling for it. *high fives*
ALSO, if we were manipulated, it was in book 1, and I can’t fault an author for deftly leading me around be the nose. I congratulate authors who are able to do that, I don’t cry foul. 😉
Exactly! I really think that the manipulation, if there is, was in book 1. I am so glad that the Spring Court fantasy was only this, a fantasy. For once it’s acknowledged, you know? God, I cannot wait for book 3!
I have only read the first book in ToG series and I liked it, just not got around to the others…and I have the first one of this series since I caught it on sale in ebook form…so now I will wait and hope this one goes on sale too…lol. (I will admit to be a frugal book hoarder. 🙂 )
Anyway I skipped most of your review but I admit I am kind of curious about this series. 🙂
I almost didn’t read this book because I didn’t enjoy the first one. I am so glad I did read this one for the reasons you stated much better than I could. Now I can’t wait for the next book.
I’ve been hearing that the second book is better. I’ve only read one book by her and I do want to read more!
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Now I’m drooling! 🙂 Can’t wait to read this one. I enjoyed the first book so I’ curious if I love the second installment. Fabulous review, Jessica!
So, I’ve been hearing many different things here and there and although I’ve avoided the spoiler tags because I still haven’t read ACOMAF, your affirmations have really made me want to read it and form my own opinion! I’ll be back to check those spoiler tags and discuss with you once I’ve finished the book!
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I quite enjoyed ACOTAR but it always paled in comparison to ToG for me. Something about Tamlin didn’t sit right with me either – I was irked by his behavior Under the Mountain but I let it slide. With THIS book though, Maas fully lived up to her potential and OMG I adored this book completely. I love who Feyre becomes (who she always was tbh) and I ADORED Rhysand and The Night Court ♥ I’m happy you mostly felt the same 🙂 Lovely review^^ xx
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Fabulous review Jessica! I’m glad you decided to give this book a go, considering you didn’t love ACoTaR. ACoMaF was by far my favourite book, and I actually liked Rhysland in the first book and was looking forward to seeing the relationship between Feyre and him grow. I didn’t realise how deep it would go though. I cannot wait for the next book!
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