Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)

Release Date: May 3, 2016
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Length: 626 pages
Source: Purchased Book

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.



Protagonist: Feyre survived her ordeal with Amarantha, well... more or less. Now she's High Fae, but she still feels and hurts for what happened Under the Mountain, the things she had to do to free the land of Prythian from Amarantha's clutches. She also has new and strange powers to learn to control and discover for herself. Feyre's development throughout this story is stunning. I mean, she's almost a completely different person by the end. The development still feels realistic, but since this book is so long there's plenty of time for her to grow and develop by the end. I loved Feyre's development so much she really comes into her own in this story and this story is really a defining chapter for Feyre.

Romance: I want to talk about this romance, but I'm not sure what would be too spoilery and honestly since it's such a long book I could really only talk in detail about the very beginning. Let's just say there's a lot of romantic drama in this book. A love triangle of sorts does form, though by the end it's obvious what's become of that love triangle. I will say one thing though. The romance for this book did hit an overkill moment where I sort of felt like the author was trying too hard to sell me on the romance and it all felt very unnecessary and honestly sort of undercut some moments that happened in the past that were better without that extensive knowledge.

World Building: The world building in this story is also fantastic. I feel like we got to see so much more of the world than we did in the first book. We learn the secrets of the Night Court as Feyre's bargain with Rhysand is called in and the Night Court is very interesting. I don't want to give too much away but the Night Court is a finely tangled web. We also get to see other parts of this world, though I can't talk about that too much since, spoilers, but we do get to see other Courts, and the main focus of this series truly comes into view. There's so much that we get to explore in this world and there are so many questions I had about this world in the first book, and while not all of them were answered, quite a few were.

Predictability: I went into this story knowing a lot more about this story than I think I was meant to. First off, I watched a few booktubers' thoughts on the book and I knew where the romance was going and when I went to go pre-order my copy of ACOWAR, my gaze slipped and I knew where things, on a broad scale were going to end up, though I only read the first line so I didn't know that much. Still, I went into this book feeling like there wasn't a whole lot that could surprise me. Boy, did I get that wrong. The twists in this book were everything, I mean some of them there was foreshadowing for, but most of those were connected to what I already knew. No, it was the ones that came completely out of the blue that rocked me to my very core. The adrenaline running through my system isn't quite gone yet and I finished this book nearly an hour ago.

Ending: This ending utterly destroyed me. I mean, I've said that before and while I still stand by that, this is another level entirely. I'm so happy I waited until like right before ACOWAR releases to read this book. As of writing this, it's after midnight on the first of May, so I still have to wait for a day to get the next book and even that feels like too long. There are quite a few twists in the end of this book and while I was able to call, maybe one, the rest blew me away and helped set up what the next book will entail. There's a horrible, shame-on-the-author cliffhanger ending that I think I would still be mad over even if ACOWAR was sitting right next to me.


Look, this book isn't PERFECTION or anything, there are some things I felt it did wrong, but the rest of it is so deliciously addicting that it's a definite 5 stars for me! I NEED A Court of Wings and Ruin in my hands this second!


1 comment:

  1. I enjoyed this book, but I think Maas sometimes does things just because they're dramatic and not because they're logical in terms of the narrative. I do think she went overkill with trying to force readers to choose one love interest over the other.