**Warning! If you haven’t read A Court of Thorns and Roses which is the first book in the trilogy by Sarah J. Maas, there will be spoilers ahead. You can read my review of the first book instead if you haven’t started the series yet!**
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy and it was my most anticipated read of 2016. I can also confidently state that it will be my favorite book of the year (despite the fact that it’s only May and we still have 7 more months of reading to go – The Raven King is a very close second). I know that most people seem to either love or hate SJM and these books but I fall on the former side. I didn’t think I could possibly love one of her books more than I loved ACOTAR but alas, A Court of Mist and Fury proved me very wrong. The number of emotions I felt so intensely while reading this book left me one of the biggest book hangovers I’ve ever experienced (to the point where it’s been a week and I am still not finished with the book I picked up next which should’ve taken 2-3 days to complete). Everything in A Court of Mist and Fury shifts and the love interest I was rooting for becomes the main character I felt he was destined to be so to simply say I loved it is something of an understatement.
A Court of Mist and Fury picks up after the events that occurred Under the Mountain with a very broken Feyre existing alongside Tamlin in his Spring Court. It’s clear that the traumatic experience effected everyone in a different way and I loved that Feyre did not just completely revert back to normal. As a result of her time being tortured by Aramantha, Feyre evolves into a much stronger character than we see in the first book. She is no longer willing to be controlled and caged by Tamiln despite his promise of protection. I had picked up on hints of this behavior while reading ACOTAR and I have been solidly on Team Rhys since the ending so this book was pretty much everything to me. (please note, ACOMAF includes some of the steamiest scenes I’ve ever read and they are so so perfect) I have to say that I was not expecting to fall in love with all of the members in Rhysand’s court but I could not imagine a better band of characters. Their group dynamic is something I live for in books and I wish I could sign up to be part of their team. One character disappointment is the path the Lucien ended up on. He saw everything that was happening to Feyre and all of the signs that she was unwell and unhappy and chose to ignore them. He has a lot to make up for in book three. We also get to see more of Feyre’s human sisters which was a pleasant surprise.
Now for the worldbuilding! We spend the majority of A Court of Mist and Fury in the Night Court and it sounds incredibly breathtaking. You may remember that Amarantha had modeled Under the Mountain after Rhysand’s Court of Nightmares but it turns out that there is much more than meets the eye. I wish I could go for a stroll through the streets of the court during the night when it is intended to be viewed. The descriptions were breathtaking and I can’t wait to revisit them in the future. We also get to see the Summer Court which I enjoyed as well. I’m glad that we’re getting to branch out and explore much more of the Fey world than we were given the opportunity to see in ACOTAR. I also love seeing the different types of powers each High Lord wields and how it relates to their domain. At 640 pages, I felt like ACOMAF could have double in size and I wouldn’t have wanted a single detail cut. I can only hope that the final book will be well over 1,000 pages!
Final Thoughts: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is the outstanding second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. I’m sure you’re familiar with second book slump when reading a series and I am thrilled to say that ACOMAF is the complete opposite. It’s like, a second book spectacular. Feyre and Rhysand’s character development hits new heights in this book and readers are delighted with the opportunity to explore more of the Fey world. The stakes are still high despite Amarantha’s demise in ACOTAR and all of the events that occur will play with your emotions until you feel like you have nothing left to give. Some breaks may even be needed while reading because woah. My verdict: Read it. Then re-read it. Then repeat.
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. (via Goodreads)