Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

May 13, 2016 Review 37 ★★★★★

Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Source: Purchased
Pages: 432
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance
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.
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.


“I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
I would not be weak, or helpless again
I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.” 

Guys. Guys. GUYS! Stop everything you’re doing. Pick up the nearest copy of A COURT OF MIST AND FURY (as long as you’ve read the first book), even if it requires you going down to the bookstore. If someone else has it, rip it out of their hands. Bargain using your firstborn child, or your soul if you already gave up your firstborn child for the last Maas book. You’re not going to want to miss this.


Feyre has changed, inside and out, due to the events of the last book. She develops, blossoms even, in probably what is the most realistic fictional character evolution I’ve read about. You can tell it’s not only Feyre that has grown, but also Maas, as every book she writes is better than the last. And while Feyre’s goals, motives, and thoughts mature, she never seems out of character. By the end of book- well, you’ll just have to see!

Familiar faces are all around, but there are also plenty of new characters to swoon obsess over love hate get to know. Of course, this is Maas, so you know you’re going to become overly invested in each of them, as they are given a rich history and background (the feels). I found that even the minor characters were in a different place at the end of the book. And what do I have to say about the romance? View Spoiler »

Second Book Syndrome? LAUGHABLE.

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ACOMAF is the opposite of everything defined by second book syndrome. This book is totally epic, and it almost feels like an entire series in one novel. While there are twists and turns and big reveals, the pages between were never boring. Every book has a climax, but it seems like A COURT OF MIST AND FURY has more than four one. By no means did it ever feel like a six hundred page book.

Absolute Perfection™


I thought HEIR OF FIRE and QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Maas were both glorious additions to the world of literary Fantasy. I rated them both five stars, after all. I even rated A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES five stars.  I KNOW NOTHING. While I just named some of my absolute favorite books, they pale in comparison to A COURT OF MIST AND FURY.

ACOMAF has so many awesome elements to it, and the best part is that they are all executed fantastically. I cannot think of a single thing that wasn’t really done well. Even things that were set up in the last book that come into play now fit together so well. There are some big changes that affect Feyre, her friends, and her enemies, but none of them feel unrealistic or random.

Okay, if I were really being nitpicky, I could probably point out one or two teeny tiny pacing issues (but I’m the most impatient person I know so) but they were almost nonexistent so I shouldn’t even be mentioning them. And if I think about every book I’ve given five stars to, I think this book surpasses just about all of them. So, really, what can I do but give this book six stars?

“No one was my master— but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.”

six stars

37 Responses to “Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas”

    • Alise

      Throne of Glass was known to split fans around book 3/4 so that wasn’t unusual. I tend to enjoy anything Maas writes though, haha.

  1. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Well shit, it’s a good thing I own a copy of ACOMAF AND that I started reading it (even though I’m not very far along…yet) because I would be hoofing it to the bookstore, right now, work be dammed! Alise, you’ve managed to do what I didn’t even think was possible: you got me MORE excited about a Maas book than I already was :D I think the reason I started slow is that I’m on SUCH a Raven King hangover I can’t even think straight. I was worried that NOTHING would live up to that but now I know I was being crazy. THANK YOU for setting me straight and I can’t wait to know all the details so I can chat with you properly (even though I was kind of spoiled about a tiny detail) LOL!
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    • Alise

      HOW ARE YOU LIKING IT SO FAR? *crosses fingers* It’s funny because you are just starting ACOMAF and I’m just starting The Raven King ;) I really really really hope you like this one! SPOILED? Hopefully not by my review? :O

  2. Ali

    Hahaha love your final star count! I have got to read these books already! I’m feeling serious FOMO from all the reviews I’m reading about this.
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  3. Lonna

    I take it you didn’t like it? Not one bit. Surely there was something! Ha ha…Wow! 6!! That is a first. This book sounds amazing. I love characters that acquire strength through struggle and Feyre sounds like my ideal perfect imperfect character. Okay, I may go rip this book out of some poor innocent’s hand. I’m blaming it on you, though. *wink*
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    • Alise

      Okay I COULD probably find a few things but my enjoyment far surpassed everything :) Feyre definitely grew a lot in this book, she was a bit stagnant in the first but in this she just grew into herself and it was fantastic. I approve of this decision.

  4. Lekeisha

    Great review, and I’m glad you loved it. I’m not going to read this one, now that I know the outcome. I can’t with SJM way of thinking when it comes to the romance in her books. I’m wondering what the whole Beauty & the Beast/ Tam Lin retelling was about in the first book, if she does a personality transplant with these characters in this one and switches the romance. ACoTaR was pointless.
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    • Alise

      I can see where you are coming from, and I know a lot of people that are split for that very reason! At first I was a little upset but Feyre and the book go more into the exacts of why things happened and it seemed believable and realistic so I was okay with it.

  5. Sarah J.

    This review gives me so much hope. I usually don’t read reviews of books unless I haven’t heard of them or have read them, but I scrolled down and saw your rating and instantly had to read your thoughts. I have felt so iffy about picking up the second novel because I love ACOTAR so much and I didn’t want my love to be tarnished, but I’m so excited again. Plus all the reviews and people on GR have kind of dampened my anticipation with the negative things I’ve been seeing. My hope has been renewed.
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    • Alise

      I’ve probably seen more positive reviews than negative reviews and as far as I know, the negative reviews revolve around one major aspect. I would have to ask you what you loved about ACOTAR to see if you would like this one or not haha

      • Sarah J.

        I plan on rereading ACOTAR before picking the sequel up just to see if my opinions on certain relationships change. I was sadly spoiled for something, but I’m not completely against what I read. I just need to reevaluate things.
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  6. Maaike @All These Lives

    Oh wow, you just put my every emotion into words. I loved this book with all my heart and I can’t get enough of it. Can’t read enough reviews. Couldn’t even stop writing my own review – it got slightly out of hand to be honest. This book is just on a completely different level from everything else Maas has written so far – and I thought those were bloody brilliant already! .. I am not sure I will survive a year of waiting. A year without Rhys. #helpme

    Check out my review of acomaf if you’re interested.
    Maaike @All These Lives recently posted…Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

    • Alise

      Psh, your review was great too! ” This book is just on a completely different level from everything else Maas has written so far” THIS. I thought Queen of Shadows was impressive but this is on a whole new level, I loved it. Unbelievable.

  7. Preethi @ The Lone Reader

    Six stars? I think you meant 100 (haha). No but seriously, this book was such a ride! I’m so sad that the next installment will be the last – I don’t want to leave these characters behind! And I completely agree with you: ACOMAF is my favorite of Maas’s novels, no doubt about it. This book totally satisfied my Rhysand itch, and I can’t wait for more.
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    • Alise

      If only I had enough room in the graphic to fit 100 stars haha. I’m so glad you liked this one too, what a ride!

  8. Maria

    im having a lot of trouble coping with reality after reading this absolutely PERFECT book. How the hell am i going to wait for the third one???? OHMAGAWD THE ROMANCE?!?! all the ships<3 LOVED your review, totally how i feel. I love Sarah J Maas so much! she is officially my fav author and I love all her books, TOG and ACOTAR and ACOMAF. I seem to connect everything happening in my life to the book? is this even healthy? i finished reading it two days ago and m so obsessed with it, i cant live here anymore- please ship me over to Prythian gdi. Any other similar authors and books i can read to reduce the ACOMAF ache in my heart?

    • Alise

      Haha, I’m so glad you enjoyed this one as well! I didn’t know what to read after this because it was so good. SAME! Haha I feel you, this world is amazing. Hmm, Sarah J Maas is pretty unique but I also loved Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo and would probably recommend that!

  9. Pippa

    yup. I checked this book out Friday morning and finished Saturday morning at 1:28 AM. I had been doing every possible thing to get my English teacher/mother figure/mentor to read Throne of Glass, because I figured that third book was the highlight of my life, but then…THIS…

    I spent all of Saturday and Sunday rereading the last hundred pages, getting over my book hangover, and nearly wept on Monday when I had to check it back in again. Guess what’s going to be at the top of my birthday list this year.

    • Alise

      I couldn’t agree more! Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows were awesome but this is on a whole new level.

      I feel that! Hope you get it for your birthday :D Thanks for stopping by!

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