Title: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: 3rd May 2016
The 3rd May saw the release of the sequel to new fantasy series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. It was potentially one of the most anticipated books this year, with book bloggers, booktubers and book fans alike all waiting with bated breath for the release.
To say it was worth the wait is the biggest understatement in the world. This book was everything I ever wanted in a sequel and so so much more. I thought ACOTAR was amazing but this exceeded it for so many reasons.
First off, the writing style of this book is just perfect. If you’ve read my Top Ten Tuesday of what I love Sarah J. Maas you’ll know that I love her writing. The story moves quickly enough that it’s never boring but never too fast that you’re left questioning what happened or why something happened. It was just perfectly paced and everything happened at just the right time.
The development of the characters was also amazing. We learn so much more about Rhysand in this book and the Night Court and it just slots everything into place. It’s like ACOTAR gave us half the story with Tamlin’s POV, but this one completes the story by giving Rhysand’s POV. The two books work so well off of each other, and not only is Rhysand’s character development great to see but Feyre. The way that Feyre’s character is written in this book is my absolute favourite thing. She isn’t portrayed as this ‘constantly strong heroine’ or even a lovesick girl like she sometimes came across as in ACOTAR, but instead as a broken woman who’s trying her best to get through adjusting to her new life and dealing with what happened at the end of the last book. It gives it a more realistic feel to the book and her character.
I love how she’s written to still have the badass feel to her but she isn’t the perfect protagonist that so many books these days show. You can really identify with her and empathise with her character and I just thought that was so so important! Also yay! The love story again wasn’t the main narrative of the story! Yes, it was there but it was done in such a subtle way that it added to the story rather than became the entire story and that’s my favourite thing. I loved how it was so important to the story yet also never made the main part since that’s something that can be so overdone in YA novels these days. Another reason why Sarah’s writing is literal PERFECTION.
I also just need to discuss that ending! Don’t worry this is still spoiler free, but that right there is how you end a book! No cliffhangers that make you angry or devastated because you don’t have the next book. Instead it was a cliffhanger that was just enough to make you beg for the next book to be released now, but instead of feeling sad about it, it was sort of empowering and just mean enough that it’s made me EXTREMELY excited to read the next one. It was a mean cliffhanger but one that you can’t help but smile after finishing! I actually think it’s my favourite ending to any book I’ve read.
The new characters introduced also add something even better to the story. Mor, Cassian, Azriel and Amren are all just so great in their own unique ways that you can’t help but love them and they add their own bit of excitement to the story. I don’t think I’ve read a book by any other author who not only makes me love the protagonist but also all the other characters that are included in the book. Oh, and I love Rhys with all of my heart.
I can honestly say that the wait was more than worth it for this book and it’s the best book I’ve read this year so far. I finished it not long ago and I already want to reread it! Sarah J. Maas is truly one of the most inspiring and talented authors out at the moment and I pray that she continues writing for many years to come because I am not ready at all to give up her books.
It’s safe to say that ACOMAF has ruined me emotionally, I’ve cried with happiness, sadness, heartbreak and wanted to conquer worlds just like Feyre. I couldn’t stop smiling after I finished it. The story, characters and ending were all absolutely perfect that I wish I could give it way more than 5 stars.
Now to begin the long wait for the next book (PLEASE CAN IT HURRY UP), I can’t wait to see what’s in store next.
If you wanted to read my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses then click the link and it will take you to it!
Leave a comment with what you thought of ACOMAF and of ACOTAR too! Which did you prefer?
If you haven’t read them I highly recommend them!
Until next time!