My Quick Review: The second novel in the ACOTAR series really stepped up the game. I found that a lot of the issues that I had with the first book were resolved in A Court of Mist and Fury. I absolutely loved the new characters of Azriel, Cassian, Mor, and Amren and the depth these characters added to the story. The romance between Feyre and Rhysand was everything you’d want in an enemies to lovers trope, and the witty banter and humour was hilarious. I absolutely loved this book, and think it may already be my favourite in the series, it’ll be interesting to see if the next one is even better!
Category: YA Fantasy, Retelling
Age Rating: 15+
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Literary Awards: Goodreads Choice Award for Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction (2016) and Nominee for Best of the Best (2018)
Trigger Warnings: abuse, sex scenes, sexual assault, trauma, violence
Representation: LGTBQ+ (not explicit)
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.
My Review (may contain slight spoilers for ACOTAR and ACOMAF):
A Court of Mist and Fury is the follow on to A Court of Thorns and Roses, and it’s not often I say this, but the sequel was so much better! Spoiler warning for ACOTAR! After Feyre helped bring down Amarantha and her reign, she is brought back to the Spring court with her new love, Tamlin, for her happy ever after. Unfortunately, there wasn’t actually any happiness in their ending. Tamlin grew too protective and began controlling Feyre to the point of madness. In her desperation to escape her new lover, Feyre is whisked away to the night court by Rhys. I wont go further into plot points here as I really don’t want to spoil too much for those who have never read the ACOTAR series. Instead, I will talk about the new characters introduced in this book.
Feyre is acquainted with the inner circle of the night court, and I truly loved every single character involved. From Rhys’ brothers in arms, Cassian and Azriel, to the wickedly delightful Amren, and beautifully strong and witty Morrigan, the inner circle has every personality trait that a well rounded group needs. The witty banter, and humour permeates from every page, and the relationships developed throughout this book between Feyre and each member of the inner court is just wonderful. I honestly fell in love with every single character, not to mention Rhysand himself, and his personal development and background story. The night court itself is rich and beautiful, and the history fascinating. I really enjoyed learning about the Illyrian camps, and the other types of Fae within the Night Court.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Feyre’s growth and development, especially in her trusting her own strength and abilities. And seeing her recovering from such traumatic events and overcoming her mental health issues was so empowering and beautifully written.
I think my only issue again with this book (and I’m really grasping at straws to find something I didn’t like) is that I still want to see more of Pyrnthian! We were introduced to the summer court, and I absolutely loved every page surrounding its history and the characters that are based there. I just want more information as Prynthian has truly peaked my interest, and I have fallen in love with the history of the world Sarah J. Mass has created!
Conclusion: This was a fantastic second novel in the ACOTAR series. The writing again was beautiful, the characters well developed and each personality so strong in their own way. Feyre’s development throughout this book was inspiring. The history of the night court was deep, rich, and full off incredible and heartbreaking stories. I honestly can’t wait to continue this series and find out more about Feyre’s story!
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