May 17, 2016

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

A Court of Mist and Fury by
Sarah J. Maas
ACOTAR (#2)
pub 5/3/16 by Bloomsbury
New Adult - Fantasy
I honestly don't know how Sarah J. Maas does it. It seems hard enough juggling one epic fantasy series, let alone two, and yet Maas accomplishes this feat expertly. Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses are completely distinct stories, characters and worlds tied together only by the unbelievable writing present in both. And even though I've been following Throne of Glass longer, Maas' second series has definitely gotten under my skin in the best of ways and I love it just as much as her first (sometimes I think even more!). A Court of Mist and Fury had my heart and emotions in its hands the entire time and I'm not exaggerating when I say that the reading experience left me buzzing with this need to talk about it.

I won't say much about the plot of the book because one, spoilers are evil and two, it's best to approach ACOMAF with an open mind. It picks up shortly after ACOTAR takes place and Feyre is adjusting to life in the Spring Court with Tamlin as a High Fae. She's uncomfortable in her own skin and deeply scarred by the events that occurred under the mountain. Not to mention there's still the deal she made with Rhys to spend a week with him each month in the feared Night Court. From that alone, I know what everyone is wondering and thinking and assuming. And all I can say is, don't. Don't wonder or think or question. Just read it. If you love Maas' books and writing as much as I do, you won't be disappointed. I wasn't. In fact, I have been experiencing the biggest book hangover since!

There were just so many things I loved about this book. First and foremost, Feyre. Always. Even though she's always been a force of nature, there's been this sad and lonely side to her. That's explored even more in ACOMAF as she looks backs on her human life, adjusts to being a Fae and is plagued by everything she had to do to save Tamlin and his people. It's a journey of self-discovery as she decides who she wants to be now. Along with that were the strong feminist undertones as Feyre, and the other women around her, continually fought against convention. It's extremely empowering. Not to mention I appreciated the men who stood by those women. Which leads to me to my other love: Rhys and his friends at the Night Court. Yes, Rhys holds Feyre to the bargain and yes, it is actually awesome. I adored his friends and the camaraderie between them all. And I fell in love with Rhys too. (Trust me, no one is more shocked than me.) And the last thing I need to mention, be prepared for some major swooning and feels. But that's all I'll say about that!

Do I recommend?
So much yes! Honestly, if I didn't stop myself this review could easily go on for 3 or 4 more paragraphs but there's a lot I purposely didn't say. I just hope my love for this book shows and you will pick it up ASAP. And when you finish.. I hope you'll reach out to me on Twitter so we can fangirl together!

2 comments:

  1. I have yet to read a bad review about this one. What I love is that it sounds like Maas really takes time to write the realistic emotions and doesn't skim over any of it. I have this waiting for me on my shelf and every time I read another review I can barely stand it! BUT I MUST FINISH OTHER THINGS FIRST.

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  2. I absolutely LOVED A Court of Mist and Fury, which will probably not surprise anyone. I just think Sarah has a gift for writing stories that are powerful, characters that are complex and books that keep me turning pages. I CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK THREE.

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