Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Date Published: May 3rd 2016
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Audiobook Length: 23 hours 16 minutes
Audiobook Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Description: The stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas' New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses and a No.1 New York Times bestseller. 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. Older teens will love A Court of Mist and Fury.Contains mature content. Not suitable for younger readers.
A Court of Mist and Fury is a complete 180 turn. In as much I loved Court of Thorns and Roses, I loved this even more. And that may seem unusual for a second book in a series. But it’s so very true. More feels. More tension. More everything I want in a book.
I would like to add a caveat that ACOMAF is definitely not – at least not my idea of – Young Adult. Maybe more New Adult? There is a lot of sex and violence. I really can’t understand why it’s being classified as YA. Maybe the age of the characters?
The characters show a lot of growth from the first novel. Feyra is coming into her own here. Growing. Developing her fae skills. She learns to read as well! And learns to live again.
I was not prey any longer, I decided as I eased up to that door.
And I was not a mouse.
I was a wolf.
Rhys is strong and hard and difficult. But also loving and protective and playful. He rescues Feyra when she needs it the most. But not just physically. Mentally as well. Feyra was floundering, dying inside, dealing with the trials and tribulations she suffered in ACOTAR in Amarantha’s court. As for the relationship between Rhys and Feyra – I had thought at first that it was merely survivor’s guilt. The two managed to survive Amarantha together, and so formed a bond. But I see now how wrong I was.
She’s mine. And if any of you lay a hand on her, you lose that hand. And then lose your head. And once Feyre is done killing you, then I’ll grind your bones to dust.
I really enjoyed how Rhys and Feyra communicated with each other – sending notes back and forth. That was great insight into the characters. And made me love Rhys even more.
I also am very fond all of the secondary characters at the Night Court. Cassian, Azriel, Amren, and Morrigan are all interesting enough that I would love books for these characters. They support Rhys and Feyra. But as friends first, and subjects of the Night Court second. While most of the book takes place in the Night Court, at the beginning, I was wishing for Tamlin’s side of the story. But by the end, no more. I hate him as much as Feyra. Though, I did miss Lucian. He was at least a friend to Feyra.
The audio was superb. Ms. Ikeda is marvelous. I would wholly recommend listening to the audio. Though, maybe not around people. I normally listen to audiobooks at work. And I don’t normally listen to romance\sex on audio. Just way too uncomfortable for me! The owner of the company I work for walked by and nearly startled me to death by embarrassment during a particularly interesting scene. And the last hour had me so stressed out I had to take a break and calm down before I could finish.
Fittingly, I finished reading this on Feyra’s birthday, the longest night. And it broke my heart. But left me with a shard of hope.
May is a REALLY LONG WAY AWAY to wait for the third book in this series. And it might take that long to recover from this book hangover.
And here’s some amazing fan art for you because I can’t help but share these images!