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

acomaf-cover1Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 3, 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA/NA, Fiction
Series Information: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Source: Personal Purchase
Recommended For: Readers who loved/liked ACOTAR who want to go deeper into the world of Prythian that was set up in book one and the threats to the mortal and faerie lands that loom even closer
Goodreads Rating: 4.74
My Rating:✰✰✰✰✰

It is not very often that a second book in a series really outshines the first. More often I’ve seen this happen in movies (hello, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back), but not as often in books. I think A Court of Mist and Fury was what most readers expected out of A Court of Thorns and Roses, but from comparing the two works I don’t think it would have been as strong of a story if it was the other way around. I was blown away by the rich detail and elaboration of the world of Prythian in ACOMAF. It picks up right where ACOTAR ends, which helps with seamless storytelling, with a little bit of a refresher through the first few chapters as to what has happened and what is going to happen. I tried…I tried to dislike Rhysand with all my being, but that man moved up to Book Boyfriend of the Year (or forever, a title which had been held by Peeta of Hunger Games and Jacob of Twilight). There was so much that was explained! I learned more about the other courts of Prythian and their alliances with one another, found my new best friends (the Inner Circle), discovered my ultimate OTPs, and more. I finally connected to Feyre in a way that I hadn’t felt since high school (this is an emotional situation that I’m still working through and almost felt like I was getting a part of myself back that I had lost). But chapters 54/55, the chapters EVERYONE talks about…I had a feeling there was some connection when I read Feyre talk about the night skies she painted was somehow related to the Night Court…absolutely beautiful, breathtaking, and I cried like a baby.
I really wish those who may have some iffy feelings about ACOTAR to really come back and read ACOMAF – I’m honestly curious if their thoughts changed. I’m going to keep this review somewhat shorter than others because there is so much that happens of Feyre’s journey to discover her new Faerie self and helping to destroy the King of Hybern that I just don’t want to spoil anything!

Did you feel that A Court of Mist and Fury was better than A Court of Thorns and Roses?
I cannot wait until A Court of Wings and Ruin is released on May 2nd!
Purchase a copy for yourself here: A Court of Mist and Fury

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5 thoughts on “Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

  1. I haven’t read this one yet, but I finished ACOTAR a few weeks ago. I LOVED it, but I am afraid to read the sequel for fear that it will change the story for me. I loved Tamlin in the first book and I’ve been hearing that he’s quite different in the second book.

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    • I tried not to get any sort of information about the books when I read them – the only thing I knew about the books is that there was a character called Rhysand that everyone loved, but when I read about him in ACOTAR I was trying so hard to keep him the bad guy. It really does change in the sequel, and even though I slightly changed my mind about Tamlin, I feel like he’s more on the tragic side of the story. I feel bad for him more than anything because of what happens.

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  2. I LOVED THIS BOOK. I agree with you that it was even better than ACOTAR, which I still loved. I also agree with the idea of seeing Tamlin as more tragic than a villain. I just pity him. I’m kind of hoping he redeems himself in ACOWAR.

    I’ve already pre-ordered ACOWAR, did you see that if you submit your receipt to Sarah J Maas you can get a full color map? The link is on her Instagram.

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