Reviewed: February 6th, 2021
A truly steamy fantasy myth retelling.
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court – but at a steep cost. Though she now possesses 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, the mesmerising High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates his dark web of political games and tantalising promises, a greater evil looms – and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can step into her growing power, heal her fractured soul and have the courage to shape her own future – and the future of a world cloven in two.
A Court of Mist and Fury is a fantastic sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, and personally I think it is the better, faster paced book.
The first book is based on the fairytale Beauty and the Beast, where Feyre falls in love with the cursed Lord of the Spring Court. In the second book we have moved to Greek mythology and Hades and Persephone, where Rhysand (Hades), is the shadowy High Lord of the Night Court, takes a reluctant Feyre (Persephone) back to his court and persuades her to stay.
Maas writes in great depth, and spends a lot of time on descriptions which can slow down the pace of the story, but once you get used to it, the plot keeps you hooked, as do the growing cast of wonderful characters who make up the Court of Dreams, the true Night Court, none of whom are who or what you think they are.
The characters stay with you, as each has struggled to get to where they are, and although flawed, they are lovable and memorable. You will enjoy getting to know them all. From silent Azriel, to the firery Cassian, the mesmerising Rhysand, scary Amren, the sad yet lethal Mor, and of course the vibrant Feyre and her sisters.
There is a lot of buzz about these books; you’ll hear of them referred to as ACOTAR or ACOMAF instead of spelling out the whole title, and I think the attention is deserved as the characters are fully developed (you’ll fall in love with the Court of Dreams) as is the world they live in. And if you like steamy relationships then you’ll love the making up scenes in chapter 54/55!
Well worth the read.
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Crescent City, A Court of Thorns and Roses, and the Throne of Glass series. Her books have sold more than twelve million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Philadelphia with her husband, son, and dog. To find out more, visit sarahjmaas.com or follow @therealsjmaas on Instagram.
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