About the book:
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas
Series: Book 2 of A Court of Thorns and Roses
Genre: YA Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses. 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.
The Rating: 5/5 stars
I think this book should have been called A Court of Angst and Heartbreak but hey, who am I to decided?
So when I had first finished this book, I wholeheartedly thought it was the best thing that I had ever read and it was on its way to a 10/5 star rating. Sarah J Maas has this wonderful way of writing her worlds that just sweeps you up and keeps you enthralled throughout the whole book. This book made me feel ALL THE FEELS and I really enjoyed being introduced to the Night Court and the people that make up Rhysand’s inner circle – I adore the dynamic between all the characters and it was really interesting to delve further into the Fae courts and their traditions.
HOWEVER, upon thinking about this book a little harder, because trust me – it was all I could even think about for days, I realised that there were certain issues that really stood out for me in this book. Since this is the non-spoiler section, I will just mention them briefly but go finish the book and then come back to read more in-depth thoughts below. Firstly – Tamlin’s characterisation in this book was borderline ridiculous and he was a totally different person to who he was in the first book, and if I was indifferent to him then, I hate him now. Secondly, I am all for sexy times in books but I think it was overdone in ACOMAF and kind of unnecessary by the end of it. It isn’t so much a problem that it’s in a book targeted to the YA audience but instead the fact that it was just getting realllllllllllly tedious. The issues were not so great for me that I couldn’t enjoy the book, after all I did still give it a 5 rating – it is just that I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more (EVEN THOUGH I DID LOVE IT) if Sarah hadn’t chosen the characterisation that she did.
Overall, despite any downfalls, I do really recommend this book as I personally thought it was a vast improvement over the first book and I had such an incredible time reading it. However if you actually like Tamlin in the first book and you get a little bit too attached to relationships than maybe enter with caution.
I think Fae are probably my favourite of the supernatural beings so I was psyched that this book delved deeper in the hierarchy and political structure behind the Fae and their courts. I hope, eventually, that we will be taken through all the courts but it was really interesting to see how the Night Court and the Summer Court operated, especially since the Spring Court was so isolated and kind of bleh. The lack of insight into the Court system, especially the Spring Court, in the first book was one of the reasons that it was a mediocre read for me so I was super happy that she introduced some new elements in this addition to the series.
This series, like Sarah’s other books, is very character driven and therefore the main plot of this book revolved around Feyre’s recovery from the events in ACOTAR – which, don’t get me wrong, I loved. It was interesting watching Feyre develop her powers and it also provided an insight into the powers of the High Lords from which Feyre got her magic from.
The other major plot line involved the upcoming Fae war and was also incredibly interesting – I am really excited to see how that pans out and what consequences it brings for our main characters in future books.
The opinions flying around about ACOMAF have caused controversy to say the least and most of this controversy has been sparked by the characterisation of our main protagonists and the relationships that are both broken and developed in this book.
Okay I don’t know what happened to Tamlin between book 1 and book 2 but his personality has done a complete 180 and it is one of the main problems that I have with this book. I completely understand that traumatic events can do a lot in altering someone’s personality but Sarah, you can’t just go turning readers against characters without giving them any justification as to why the characters have become like that. If we could have had a chapter from Tamlin’s perspective, I think it would have gone a long way to convincing us that he wasn’t just a misogynistic dick (harsh, but true) because literally some of the things he did and some of things he said made my inner feminist SO ANGRY.
If I am going to be honest, I didn’t really like Feyre in the first book. I felt she was really defensive about everything and just was not a very fun character to read about. However, I really grew to appreciate her in ACOMAF and felt that she really developed far as a character – she finds a reason to survive (after a pretty tough struggle) and she is willing to fight for her freedom which I think is something that has been denied to her for so long.
However, something I didn’t really understand was her calling herself a “whore and a traitor” for having feelings for Rhysand? Her relationship with Tamlin was well beyond over (and super toxic to begin with) so I don’t see why she was struggling with it so much beyond the initial guilt that she felt BUT I will go so far as to say that I understood where all her self-hatred is coming from given her struggle with depression in this book.
The cold-unfeeling-jerk-but-actually-a-sweetheart-on-the-inside trope is something that I LIVE FOR so safe to say that I was really happy that Rhysand was a main character in this book. More than seeing his relationship with Feyre, I was really interested in getting to know him as a character and he did not disappoint.
Something that was done really well in this book were the friendships between Rhys, Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren and seeing them interact and learning about their history and pasts was AMAZING and I am craving a whole lot more of the Court of Dreams in the next instalments.
I really do not understand Lucien’s role in this book? In ACOTAR he was Tamlin’s friend and actually had the balls to call Tamlin out when he was making poor choices but in this book there is none of Lucien’s fierce personality that I came to love in the first book and he gets constantly pushes around by Tamlin AND I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND – WAKE UP LUCIEN.
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Until next time,