Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury Juvenile US
Date published: May 9, 2016
Page Count: 640
Source: Personal purchase.
Summary: The # 1 New York Times bestselling sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ spellbinding 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.
A fantastic sequel to follow a fantastic start to the series!
When I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses and before starting A Court of Mist and Fury, I remember being so in love and in awe with the story in ACOTAR, that I asked myself…how the sequel would be able to compare. ACOTAR was just so good, that I didn’t think it possible for Sarah J. Maas to just…pull that off again.
But, oh was I wrong….Because not only did she pull it off again, but ACOMAF is even better than its predecessor!
I feel very guilty for saying that, because ACOTAR is now one of my very favourite books, but ACOMAF is just bigger and better. I am not sure whether (for me) ACOTAR and ACOMAF are comparable though. The first book, I personally see as a dark fairytale. I saw it as containing many of the “grimmer” aspects of the original Grimm fairytales (pun intended).
A Court of Mist and Fury on the other hand, while also maintaining that kind of overtone, also expands the fantastical world in which both books are set, and also contains more action, as well as more events and movement from place to place. And I would therefore almost place it within another category as ACOTAR, and would therefore not compare them.
I loved both books equally, for different reasons.
As I mentioned above, the second book in the series greatly expands the world of A Court of Thorns and Roses, satisfying our need to know more about this place which Maas has taken us to. And the world building in this book is just spectacular. Maas has a way of describing settings, while you are unaware of it happening. It is seamless perfection.
The character development is also very good. While normally, in books narrated in the first person, readers are only shown the development of the character who is narrating, in ACOMAF, even though Feyre is narrating, readers are exposed to the character development of each and every permanent character.
Maas’ storytelling, which a little bit different in this book than the previous (in my opinion, due to the books being slightly different in the way I have discussed above), is still rich and entrancing. I found myself reading this book past my “bedtime,” on multiple nights, and I loved that I thankfully could not read the whole book in one sitting.
The length of the book is just right (although I wouldn’t have minded it being double that size, out of pure greed), and I did like that it is longer than the first book. ACOMAF was long enough that I was unable to read it all in one binge session and then regret it.
I really took my time with this book—despite the many missed bedtimes—really savoring it. But it had to all end eventually, and rather than leaving me satisfied, it just left me craving more! The next book comes out in May of 2017, which feels like a very long way off, but Maas has made many of us happy by announcing that she will publish 3 more books in the ACOTAR series after the trilogy wraps up next May.
Overall, I highly recommend this book for lovers of fantasy, adventure, action, and romance!
About the Author:
Sarah J. Maas is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling Throne of Glass series–Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, and the series’ prequel, The Assassin’s Blade–as well as the New York Times and USA Today bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses and its sequel A Court of Mist and Fury. She wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in twenty-three languages. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, will release on September 6th, 2016
A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.