A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Book 2 in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy
Genre: YA/NA fantasy, romance, fairytale retelling
Format: hardcover, owned
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Warning: Contains mild spoilers for the first book!
I have no words that can accurately describe my feelings for the perfection that is A Court of Mist and Fury. It was somehow even better than A Court of Thorns and Roses. *heart eyes emoji*
ACOMAF picked up almost right where ACOTAR left off, and everything about it was perfect. It was never too fast or too slow, and all the elements of the story were developed brilliantly and equally. And while ACOTAR was a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, this one was a very loose retelling of the Persephone myth. Considering that’s easily my favorite Greek myth of all time, I adored the story in this book as well. 😀
All of the characters developed so much, and it was executed fabulously. THESE CHARACTERS MADE ME FEEL ALL THE EMOTIONS.
Feyre was really broken for much of this book, a lot like Aelin in Heir of Fire. She couldn’t get over having to kill those faeries for Amarantha, and was really suffering, both physically and emotionally. I felt so bad for her. The poor girl couldn’t sleep through a single night without nightmares scaring her awake and vomiting. 😦 Nearly everything reminded her of Under the Mountain and therefore nearly everything gave her panic attacks. But as the book progressed and she learned to harness her powers, to fight, and made new friends, she grew and got so much better. By the end of the book she had completely transformed and was almost entirely healed, even though she went through more horrors in this book. I can’t express how much I admire her for everything she overcame. She’s definitely tied with Aelin for my all-time favorite female lead. ❤
Tamlin and Lucien were considerably more minor characters in this book, and they changed significantly. It broke my heart to see them this way, unrecognizable, even though it was their own doing. Their development was sudden and unexpected, but written masterfully and with a lot of thought behind it. I think Sarah did a brilliant job with it, even though it destroyed me. Tamlin was my favorite of the three male leads in ACOTAR, and in this one I didn’t know what to think of him for most of the story. Lucien wasn’t as bad, except his unwavering loyalty to Tamlin is what changed my opinion of him as well. He had good intentions, but took them too far. Basically, Sarah certainly knows how to hit readers in the feels. >.<
Rhysand, surprisingly, took the spotlight and the position as my favorite male lead in this book. I was in a love-hate relationship with him in ACOTAR, and in this one he was the best by far. He saved Feyre, to put it bluntly, and helped her recover from everything alongside him. He trained her, gave her the freedom she needed as well as the sanctuary she craved, and welcomed her into a new family. He was everything I wished Tamlin had been, and that’s why I love him now. 😀
The very beginning and end take place in the Spring Court, with a visit to the Summer Court and the mortal world beyond the wall sprinkled in, but most of this book occurred in the Night Court. All of them were described in the most mesmerizing way: the cramped feel of the Spring Court, the happy, carefree vibe in the Summer Court, and the plain-in-comparison nature of the mortal world. But my favorite, for sure, was the Night Court. It was imagined to be dark, barren, and horrible, but it wasn’t. It was secluded but enchanting, and possibly the most vivid of all the courts, despite its name. Forget directions to the Spring Court. Can I live in Velaris? ❤
I loved the combined platonic and familial feel of Rhysand’s Inner Court. Cassian, Azriel, Mor, and Amren were all so different, but complemented one another and made an amazing team. They were epic warriors but also laid-back friends that always looked out for each other, despite the near-constant teasing. It was great to read about. 😀
I can’t say too much about the romance in this without spoiling the development, but I can say it was done fabulously. There was a perfect balance of swoon and heartbreak. The only other thing I want to say is this: my ship from ACOTAR sank, and crashed and burned, but a new one was formed in its place. And if I’m honest, I’m somehow way more attached to this new one than the old one. 😯
Note: There are a few (3-4) scenes in this book with more mature romance. I don’t know how far they go because I skipped over them, but I wanted to put that out there.
Like ACOTAR, this book was an absolute roller-coaster. There were a lot of smaller twists sprinkled in throughout the story that mildly surprised me, and then there were a handful of twists that caught me totally off-guard. As in, I had to momentarily stop reading so I could process it
(and update my Goodreads status in basically all caps) before continuing. Once again, I wished I could just live in a little bubble with lots of butterscotch discs and ignore my responsibilities until I finished this book. XP
And just like ACOTAR, the last quarter of this book destroyed me. I didn’t know what to expect and had to know what happened, even as it was breaking my heart. I even read while I was getting my nails done, because I was just that absorbed.
(No harm came to the book.) *praising hands emoji*
A Court of Mist and Fury was the perfect sequel, and somehow even more so than A Court of Thorns and Roses. I didn’t think it was possible, but I should know by now that Sarah will always prove me wrong and make each book even better. At this rate, I don’t know how I’ll wait to get my hands on the last (!!!) book in this utterly fantastic trilogy. (Or Empire of Storms, for that matter.) *heart eyes emoji* ❤
I think this trilogy has topped Throne of Glass by about 0.5% now. I still adore it, but I have to say that this was an even more gripping second book than Crown of Midnight. 😀
my rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Have you read this book? Is it on your TBR? If you have read it, what did you think? I’d love to know! 🙂 (No spoilers!)
I’ll be continuing Tiger’s Curse by Colleen Houck next! I put it on hold when this arrived so now I’m getting back to it. 😉
I hope you’re all having a splendid day/night! ❤
Until next time…