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

June 14, 2017     laurathebibliophile     Book review

Book Review: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury on May 3rd 2016
Pages: 432
Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Goodreads

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 torn apart.

I actually picked this book up and read it immediately after finishing A Court of Thorns and Roses, but after finishing the series (as it currently stands at three novels,) I am rereading. This is my review after the second readthrough.

CHARACTERS 

The characters in this book are amazing! I loved seeing my favorites return, and getting to know so many new ones. The complexity of each character is again beautiful. My one complaint here is that so many new characters were introduced, but I kept wanting more from them. I realize that there are only so many pages in a book, but I wish it had been four times as long, just so I could really dig into some of the characters on the periphery.

SETTING 

The settings in this book are so distinct and detailed that I felt as though I were really there. I’m a very visual reader, and I could easily see every scene in my mind. I also appreciated that there was more variety in the scenery this time around. There was always something new to see, some new detail to really pull me further into the story.

PLOT 

The plot really was wild in this one! There were so many twists and turns I never saw coming. Okay, this was my second time reading, so I did see them coming, but they still made my heart flutter. For all that A Court of Thorns and Roses was a bit of a slow build at times, A Court of Mist and Fury was wild and twisting, always keeping me a little surprised or shocked at the events.

RELATIONSHIPS 

Feyre and Lucien’s relationship was probably my favorite in the first book, but it heavily disappointed me this time around.

Feyre’s romance is on an entirely new level this time around. I don’t even know what to say. Feyre finally gets the love that she deserves, and I think it’s safe to say that most of the characters do, as well. Everything that felt dreamy or forced or questionable in ACOTAR is melted away, and in its place is something solid and real, something beautiful and hopelessly tangled, but dazzling. That is all I’m going to say without spoilers.

There are some other friendships we get to see in this book, but while the reader is given SO MUCH, really genuinely, so much… I wish that I could winnow between the pages to hear the little conversations we miss, the friendships that I know are building between scenes.

STYLE 

Sarah J. Maas’s style is gorgeous and flowing, and it still pulls me right in and holds me fast. Every time I have to put the book down, there’s almost a moment of disorientation where I have to adjust my vision from looking at the Illyrian Steppes to looking at my living room. I love the descriptive quality of her prose, it’s safe to say. It’s also interesting to see everything from Feyre’s POV, especially because she is an unreliable narrator due to her lack of knowledge. (I would like to take this moment to say that Feyre is not stupid. Things have been kept from her, both intentionally to keep her in the dark and unintentionally because they’re just the sort of things one doesn’t think to explain or realize that she wouldn’t know.) Feyre is still very much discovering her world, and it’s beautiful to read.

OVERALL RATING 

I would recommend this book to anyone for whom it is appropriate, and of course after they have read A Court of Thorns and Roses. It is only by sheer force of will that I put this book down without immediately flipping back to the first page. It was partly made possible by my immediately picking up the next book in the series to reread. I swear I am going to keep slashing through my summer TBR, guys. Really, I am. I still have a while.

From my bookshelf (full of TBRs that are mocking me for rereading this) to yours,

Laura

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