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

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (UK edition)

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, 2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, New Adult, Romance, Sword and Sorcery, Young Adult
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (3rd May 2016)
Blurb:

FEYRE IS IMMORTAL.

After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court.

As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.

SHE MUST SURRENDER HER HEART TO HEAL A WORLD TORN IN TWO.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 stars)
Review:

A COURT OF MIST AND FURY is the stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas’s brilliant A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES. Rescuing Tamlin from Amarantha, the wicked Faerie Queen, came at a terrible price. Feyre returned to the Spring Court with the man she loves, changed by the events. Feyre did terrible, horrible, unforgivable things in order to gain the freedom of Tamlin and his people; things she cannot, will not, forget even in the beauty and peace of the Spring Court. Then, of course, there is the matter of the bargain she made with Rhysland, High Lord of the Night Court.

I loved this book. It is absolutely stunning. I was enthralled by it. Don’t get me wrong, going into A COURT OF MIST AND FURY I was a little nervous. I enjoyed A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES but I didn’t love it, and A COURT OF MIST AND FURY is a thick book so I was a little nervous. But boy oh boy, it took my nervous expectations and shattered them. I don’t know quite how to convey how much this book surprised me: it is a twisting, dark, breath-taking story that Maas lays before you to devour. This book is not just darker, but it’s more grown up than the first book and I think moves towards the New Adult end of the Young Adult genre. The content is more explicit, but I think it didn’t feel superfluous and worked well within the narrative.

As with the first book in the series, A COURT OF MIST AND FURY is told from Feyre’s point of view. I really enjoyed watching events unfold through her eyes. She is a really strong person, and it was interesting to see how the events of the previous book had changed her. I really enjoyed the new characters Maas introduced in this book, and the new Courts that are shown. The friendships were really well written, and I liked the way family was shown – as something of choice, not necessarily by blood.

There is a lot going on in this book. A lot. And it’s really hard to try and articulate my feelings about how intricately woven and terribly amazing the plot is, without getting tantalisingly close to spoilers. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY surprised me from beginning to end. I don’t think there was a single thing in this book that I was able to predict, and yet somehow Maas made every plot twist and turn seem real and believable. For me, Maas really captures the capricious nature and the otherworldliness of the fey. She does this brilliantly through the plot, the world building, and the characters.

If like me you read A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES and only liked it, do not be afraid of giving A COURT OF MIST AND FURY a try. It is a much darker and more beautiful world, with very real danger and malice hidden in the shadows. A COURT OF MIST AND FURY shows the beauty and the danger of the fairy folk, and if you like books that are a little dark, and a little dangerous then you will be in for a treat.

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