Friday, November 4, 2016

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

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2

Genres: New Adult, Fantasy

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Format: Kindle and Hardcover

Source: Purchased

Find it here: GoodReads | Amazon


Synopsis

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.

My Thoughts

It’s been almost 48 hours since I finished A Court of Mist and Fury (as of the time I’m writing this, anyway – it’s probably been longer by the time you’re reading this). I thought if I gave myself a couple days the book hangover would fade and I would be able to gather my thoughts for a reasonable review.

Nope.

Inside I am still a wailing, cheering, sobbing, fist-bumping, swooning, fangirling mess. So what follows may be a rambling collection of half-finished thoughts and overly emotional gushing. But if you’ve read it… you know. I mean, you just KNOW

Credit: annalisacoppolino.tumblr.com

When I read A Court of Thorns and Roses last year I quickly fell in love with the characters. I was captivated by the world SJM created. And I was completely invested in the story as it unfolded. ACOMAF provided all that and more – like ACOTAR, but amped up to the tenth power. The world expanded, the cast of characters grew, histories were revealed, alliances changed. To put it simply, A court of Mist and Fury was a total game changer.

First things first. If you have not read A Court of Thorns and Roses, there will likely be a few spoilery things ahead. So run along and go read the first book now, m’kay? It’s okay, I’ll wait. Really. For all you others, let’s chat, shall we?

The beginning of ACOMAF was plenty angsty. I mean, let’s face it, Feyre was a mess. Considering what took place Under the Mountain (love how that was always capitalized, by the way, it gave it such momentous feeling) it felt realistic that Feyre would still suffer the effects. But being in Feyre’s head, feeling her grief and pain and guilt – it was heartbreaking. And the fact that she was not finding comfort where she should have been able to… yeah, that was a double whammy. And so began one ship sinking (we’re talking as hard and fast as the Titanic, people) and another ship sailing (with flags flying!).

Credit: unknown

Feyre was not the only one suffering. Characters were struggling with the aftermath of what happened Under the Mountain – what they saw, what they endured, what they were forced to do. They handle it in different ways but none of them came out unscathed. 


Credit: nightcourtsquad.tumblr.com

Rhysand was such an intriguing character in ACOTAR. The more I learned, the more I wanted to know (especially after the scene with he and Feyre at the end where he obviously shocked by something). Learning more about Rhys and seeing layer after layer peeled back, revealing who he truly is, was one of my favorite aspects of the book. He is such a complex character and I loved him for his determination, his protectiveness, his selflessness, his bravery and ferocity, his intelligence, his tenderness, his cunning, his leadership, and so much more. I learned so much about Rhys that I never expected, particularly how he thought of himself (insert frowny face).

Credit: ihaveabookhangover.tumblr.com

The cast of characters introduced was simply ah-mazing (#SquadGoals). Second in command Amren who is beyond fierce, Morrigan who was so welcoming and willing to befriend Feyre, Azriel and Cassian, both ferocious warriors with painful histories of their own. They formed such a remarkable group of different but like-minded souls who were intensely loyal. I became so attached to this motley group.

The plot of ACOMAF felt like it was nonstop action and never once felt slow, despite the length. There was so much happening. Amarantha’s death was clearly not the end and there is still danger from Hybern. War is coming. Preparations are being made and that means a lot of behind the scenes machinations from Feyre and Rhys and his inner circle. Where ACOTAR felt pretty insular with just two main settings (Spring Court and Under the Mountain), the gang was definitely on the move in this one - the House of Wind, the Court of Nightmares, Velaris, the Summer Court, and beyond. The imagery for every single setting was so vivid that I could see it all. There were so many situations and so many conflicts that had me on edge and unsure of how they would be resolved. Maas was a master at weaving it all together seamlessly and keeping the momentum going (not an easy feat considering the length of the book!).

I was a wreck throughout the final scenes of this book. I couldn’t bear what was happening and found myself reading a page and then setting it down. Then reading a paragraph and setting it down. I couldn’t handle it! I was screaming in outrage, silenced by shock, cringing in fear and crying at the heartbreak of it all. Sarah J. Maas, you are a cruel, cruel woman. You played my every emotion over 600+ pages and turned me into a pathetic mess. Well done, my lady.


Credit: my own photo

The thought of waiting until next May for the third book seems unbearable but until then, despite the fact that I never re-read, I envision revisiting ACOMAF again and again. Because A Court of Mist and Fury was EPIC.

5/5 Stars 
 
Have you read A Court of Mist and Fury? What are your thoughts?
Let's discuss in the comments!

15 comments:

  1. YES!!!!!!! I definitely am going to start this series now after reading your glowing reviews! The book hangover sounds totally worth it for this one ♥

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I hope you do, Eva! This series is amazing!

      Delete
  2. Wow, glad to hear you really loved this one. It's rare for second books in a series sometimes - it tends to be the least favorite for a lot of people. I must read these!

    -Lauren

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not much of a fantasy reader but this series is so good that it's hooked even me. :)

      Delete
  3. All of the SJM graphics are so damn beautiful and I just need to read it already *looks at TBR*

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Pretend your TBR isn't looming over you and grab this one instead. LOL

      Delete
  4. Dem notes! Wasn't this book all kinds of amazing?? I'm still thinking about it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Same here, Amber! I felt like I was living in that world while I was reading it!

      Delete
  5. Dem notes! Wasn't this book all kinds of amazing?? I'm still thinking about it!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Squad goals FOR SURE! I recently saw a tapestry on Society 9 with a beautiful rendition of all of the squad and I want it SO BAD.
    I love all the graphics you choose to put in with your review Tanya! There are some REALLY good collages/pictures on Tumblr and Twitter for this series! Some days I just browse them and reminisce on the books:)
    Those post it notes in your book crack me up! I would expect no less, especially after reading a book like this! I am SO glad you are hooked on this series now! Great review!
    P.S I totally feel you on the book hangover for this one. I couldn't start a new book for like a week after finishing this one!
    Emily @ www.rabbitholereviews.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There are sooo many awesome edits for this series out there. I usually do my own for books that I really, really love (like ACOTAR, Nowhere But Here, Walk the Edge, etc). But it's so incredibly time-consuming (for me, anyway) so I just decided to take advantage of some of the graphics already out there and give credit. I haven't bought anything yet from ACOMAF like I did for ACOTAR. Wait, that's not true... I do have a couple ACOMAF bookmarks from etsy shops but I haven't bought any real merchandise.

      My tabs... LOL With a book this epic I knew I'd be blowing it up with the post-it's. :) Just so many good lines, swoony times, heartbreaking moments... they all needed to be remembered.

      Delete
  7. I seriously cannot wait to read this book. I might start it next week. Great review!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Jazmen! I hope you'll love it. What a game changer it was.

      Delete
  8. The hangover will never end! NEVER!
    I continue to reread my favourite scenes. Like chapter 55...Obviously.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I swear, I can't stop thinking about it! And Chapter 55... whoa. *fans self*

      Delete