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Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s
Release Date: May 3rd 2016
Pages: 640
Genre(s): Young Adult, Fantasy, New Adult
Purchase: The Book Depository

❝ 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.

As befits a bookworm, my gift for graduating University was a book. Wonderful in itself as that was, I was slightly horrified (and trying hard to hide it) when I unwrapped A Court of Mist and Fury. I strongly disliked the first book in the series and had in previous months harbored no intention of reading the second installment. Since I had received it as a gift I decided to give it a shot anyway, and it blew me away!

One of the main things I did not like about A Court of Thorns and Roses was the shallowness of Tamlin’s and Feyre’s relationship, how Feyre was reduced from being a bad-ass to a whiny girl and the way Tamlin treated her. Thankfully, the flaws of their relationship are identified in the second book and I was more than glad to get a break from Tamlin when Rhys swooped in to claim his debt from Feyre.

From this point on I absolutely adored every second of the book. The reader gets to enjoy a change of scenery and experience new places. As always, Maas’ writing is so descriptive that you can really envision yourself there.  But more so, I enjoyed the characterization. Puzzle pieces fall into place and you get a great insight into the workings of Rhys and his entourage, who also have their flaws. Compared to the first book, Feyre is also a much more likeable character who thinks for herself and makes decisions that – considering that this is fiction – felt realistic to me. And dare I say it? I prefer the dynamic between these two a hundred times over the dynamic between Feyre and Tamlin.

What I loved best about A Court of Mist and Fury were the plot twists. I can’t go into detail about them without spoiling the entire plot, but it was incredibly refreshing to see Maas turn things around and keep the readers on their toes. You think you know what’s going on, but you really don’t and I truly marveled at that. The twists together with the plot made this book action-packed, full of tension and incredibly interesting.

So all in all, this book surprised me greatly in a positive way. If you did not like the first book, like me, give this one a try. If you did, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one too!

A Court of Mist and Fury

8.9

Characterization

9.0/10

Plot

8.5/10

Writing Style

9.5/10

Pace

8.5/10

Setting

9.0/10

Pros

  • Identifies flaws in relationship
  • Great characterization
  • World-building
  • Plot twists