A Court of Mist and Fury
Sarah J. Maas
Fantasy Romance (Young Adult/New Adult)
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.
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Sarah J. Maas books have been sitting on my TBR pile for more than a year, and recently I finally picked up A Court of Thorns and Roses, only briefly knowing what I was in store for me. I knew three things about the book before I’d picked it up: one, there was a guy named Rhysand of the Night Court who everybody loved to pieces (and at the time, I was so confused because the ACOTAR’s main male is Tamlin of the Spring Court); two, that my French sister had already read the first two of the series and absolutely adored it (and I take her opinion very seriously, as we like a lot of the same books and genres); and three, that it’s loosely inspired by Beauty and the Beast and the story of Eros and Psyche from Greek mythology (if you don’t know who they are and what their story is, check out a summary here!)
It was the second reason that really pushed me to start reading it, and the third that made it intriguing to purchase for my TBR pile in the first place. By the time I was finished (three-and-a-half hours after starting it), I knew that I’d picked the wrong reason to start it and was subsequently hooked on a series that I knew would break my heart and torture my soul.
So it was a good thing that I had already borrowed A Court of Mist and Fury from my library and had it ready to read. Six hours and a lot of pausing to hyperventilate and freak out over Feysand ships and emotional overload from Maas’s writing in general, I was wondering why I hadn’t thought ahead to borrow the third instalment.
Maas has created such a vivid and enthralling world that you can’t tear yourself away from. With female protagonist, Feyre, who has an unbreakable strength in spirit and deep devotion for her family’s survival, I could never have ever imagined how incomprehensibly amazing ACOMAF turned out. And though it started out a bit slow for me—though that may have been due to Rhysand withdrawals—I see how it earned the title of best book in the series.
It has a compelling story that made it difficult to put down (see above: six hours!) and after the first 3 chapters I found myself in a place where time was nonexistent. Each chapter got better and better, until my heart couldn’t take the emotion because I was really really in love with all the character development and connections—it’s always a good thing when a book is so good that you need to force yourself away from it (especially as I felt the need to lengthen out the reading process with ACOMAF so that it wouldn’t end).
Maas takes us on an adventure of deception, war and love, all tied up in a neat bow of masks and starlight. It leaves you wanting more, every time.
This is a highly recommended read for anyone who enjoy fairytale inspiration, deep character connections and story arcs that hold secret connections throughout its series.
Book 1 of this series is A Court of Thorns and Roses.
ACOMAF is book 2 of this series.
Book 3 of this series is A Court of Wings and Ruin.
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