a court of mist and fury by sarah j. maas (a court of thorns and roses, book 2)
overall rating: 4.3
character development: 4.5
genre: YA/new adult, fantasy, romance
(spoilers for book 1, skip ahead to my thoughts)
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.
i read acotar last year and absolutely loved it, so i was super excited to finally have the chance to read acomaf! it met most of my expectations but fell short in a few areas, which was a little disappointing.
first, i love all the characters. feyre is such an interesting character to follow through the book because you can really see her change. her character development is seriously incredible, and she realizes things about herself, which makes her stronger and more independent. i also love rhysand so much. he appears a few times in book 1 but doesn’t really come into play until book 2, in which he plays a much bigger role. i really enjoy reading about his interactions with feyre (they complement each other amazingly) and with his inner circle. every character in acomaf has such a complex and intense backstory, which tells you a bit about why they are the way they are. unfortunately, i did have a problem with tamlin, who seems like a completely different character. in book 1, he’s sweet and caring, but he suddenly becomes possessive and controlling. i feel like he changes just to help feyre grow, but i wish there was a reason for his change.
as for romance, i feel like feyre and tamlin’s relationship is quite superficial and sexual. a lot of the romance is somewhat based on lust, which i’m not very comfortable with. because of all the sex, this definitely feels more new adult than young adult. however, i do love the progression of feyre and rhysand’s relationship, which is more gradual and less lustful.
the world-building is a bit lacking in my opinion. we don’t see much of the whole world, and i wish there was more description about the different courts, as well as the human side of the wall.
the plot is really exciting and fast-paced. however, i do have problems with the beginning and end. there’s a huge “jump” from the end of book 1, and i was confused about what happened between them. as for the end, there are a few unnecessary plot twists that i don’t particularly like. the ending makes me want to read the next book, but it’s not a terrible cliffhanger.
finally, the writing is amazing. i loved it even more than i loved the writing in acotar, because we see a bit more of the setting. the language that the characters use really fits the world they live in. and of course, maas’s style is just so beautifully descriptive.
overall, a court of mist and fury is an amazing sequel to a court of thorns and roses, and i’m excited for the next book!
have you read this? what did you think?