Woohoo! I’ve finished book two! (And it was so much better than book one.) I’ve just finished reading the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series and my-oh-my did I have fun reading it! If, like me, you indulge in a little YA Fantasy and love a good fictional world then I’d definitely recommend this series. Complete with world map, this 626 page novel will have you completely immersed in a fierce new world of fabulous magic.
Title: A Court of Mist and Fury Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date published: May 3rd 2016
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.
I am officially a fan of this series! I had hoped the second edition to the ‘ACOTAR’ series would be better than the first and was pleased to discover it was! Maas’ sequel was everything I wanted to be and had me falling head-over-heels for the characters and their romantic interests.
The book continues on from more-or-less the end of the last book during which our heroine, Feyre, defeats Aramantha under the mountain and is re-born as a fancy-pants faerie. I’ll be honest, Feyre’s lack of interest in seeing her family after the events under the mountain seemed a little off. She had her reasons and obviously being all fae-like and cool would’ve been something that her family would struggle with but I feel like a little more mention of them earlier on would’ve been more in character. Particularly after she saw what happened to Clare Beddor. She develops a deeper care for them as the book goes on but it felt like this was only included to justify later events. That’s not to say that it was a big deal, there’s so much to commend about this story that I’m being pretty picky. In general everything was much better than it was in the first book.
The characters were SO much better too. Tamlin, in all his rage, actually seemed more vulnerable and flawed as a character, it was interesting to see his character arc. Nesta and Elain had so much more gumption and began to have significantly better developed characters. Feyre became someone with real drive and passion in a way we really hadn’t seen before. I mean, she defeats the evil queen and stuff all for Tamlin, but she’s made out to be very vulnerable and in need of male support throughout the first book. This totally changes in book two and Feyre grows as a character as a result, becoming more likeable and a little bit badass. There were incredible new characters in this addition too! And significantly more interesting changes in character.The second book made up for most of the things that irritated me in the first one (not that there was an awful lot!)
The final third chunk of the novel had me completely hooked and unlike the first book I felt some of the characters’ anxiousness and the tension was really palpable this time. I don’t know whether this is because I had longer to get-to-know the characters or if the relationships were just more convincing the second time around but either way it did the job much better. I laughed out loud at points and tentatively bit my nails at others; a testament to Maas’ wit and wonderful writing skills. Some of the writing I found to be a little confusing to read, purely from a structural stand point; there were a few sentence structures I stumbled over earlier on but this might have been down to my own increased reading speed due to how much I enjoyed it! I couldn’t wait to sit down and read of an evening and absolutely tore through it.
Yes, there were cliche’s and an element of reader manipulation but isn’t that (at least a little) what you want to get from a book in the first place? If it doesn’t catch you and alter your emotions then has it really been a success? This book was wonderful to read and had me buying the third immediately; I would thoroughly recommend this read to Fantasy lovers.
4.5 out of 5
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If you liked ‘A Court of Thorns and Roses‘ series try ‘Caraval‘
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– Cat –