Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
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.
“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 »
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Second Book Syndrome? LAUGHABLE.
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.
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.”