“To the people who look up at the stars and wish…”
“To stars who listen- and the dreams that are answered.” p337
A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF) is book two in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas. Yes I am aware that two of those stickers say the same quote… they were both so pretty and I figured why not have both? *cue taco ad music*
Please don’t read this review unless you have read book one A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR) – a review for that book is here. Unless you enjoy the possibility of spoilers from the first book…
ACOMAF follows the events of ACOTAR as Feyre struggles to accept the events that occurred Under the Mountain whilst in Amaranth’s clutches. Not only does Feyre regularly relive awful deeds she was forced to perform in vivid nightmares, she must also answer to the bargain she made with the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand.
“You said that last night”
“Am I not allowed
to say it twice?” p58
Forced to adapt to an immortal face body whilst maintaining her human heart, Feyre really grows as a character in this book. With war on the horizon she has no choice but to ally with her immortal friends in order to save Pyrthian and the human relam.
“Or maybe I had broken it, when I shoved that dagger into the hearts of two innocent fairies and their blood had warmed my hands.” p151
This book does feature the High Lord of the Night Court Rhysand (*drools*) and a number of members from his court. The banter between Rhysand and Feyre is fantastic throughout the book and I chuckled aloud a number of times. This book sets up a number of possible ‘ships’ and I hope the extra books added to this series follow those characters.
“I’m surprised there aren’t more mirrors in this house, since you seem to love looking at yourself so much.” p299
ACOMAF is a substantially longer book than ACOTAR but you’ll be wishing it was longer… trust me. The ending is terrible and fantastic at her same time and the last line literally makes me cackle with glee (don’t skip ahead and read it though… it will spoil most of the book).
Things I liked:
- Rhysand… enough said.
- The introduction of a number of Night Court characters including Mor, Cassain, Azriel, Armen to name a few.
- The world building, especially when the Night Court is introduced.
- The subtle change in mind frame Feyre experiences throughout the book… she slowly works out who she is and how she fits into Prythian as a Fae.
Things I disliked:
- Well I disliked a number of characters who I can’t really name without possibly spoiling the book.
- The book did start fairly slow, mostly due the fact Feyre is struggling with her past actions and things get worse before they begin to get better.
- This book did have the classic ‘I’m the middle book in a trilogy… let’s make everything even worse so it can be sorted out in the third book’ dilemma. However this is a very strong ‘middle book’ as far as character building and plot development so I’ll forgive Maas for that ending.
This book does flip everything on it’s head and some readers may at first be disappointed by certain ‘ships’ or lack of ‘ships’ but stick with it, definitely worth it!
*Stickers in both images purchased from RedBubble (Artists: rmossman & eviebookish)