To be honest: I was a little afraid this book was going to disappoint me because I was SO looking forward for it and I didn’t dare hope it could best a Court of Thorns and Roses. But I should’ve known better when it comes to something Sarah writes.. She just doesn’t disappoint, like ever, and every new book is only getting better and better than the previous one. That is also the case for this sequel. a Court of Thorns and Roses was one of the best reads I’ve ever had and instantly became one of my all-time favorites. Sarah got real, real close to my number 1 author Cassandra Clare with ACOTAR.
After reading a Court of Mist and Fury I want to scream several things to everyone who wants to hear it:
– this book is PERFECTION, in every detail, from beginning till end.
– It’s SO SO SO SOOOO good, I just can’t think of anything else anymore, all day long. After finishing the book, I started re-reading it right away..
– RHYSAND (Rhysand? Not Tamlin? YES, RHYSAND!!) became one of my all-time favorite characters and maybe even pushes Will Herondale slightly off his throne.. And that’s saying A LOT coming from me. (Some people might know my intense and insanely feels for Will so you guys know the impact of what I’m saying here)
There’s just SO MUCH I want to write about, fangirl about.. I Screamed, laughed and cried so hard while reading this book. And my inner fangirl keeps continuing screaming, laughing and crying. This is a book you don’t want to get spoiled so of course I’ll write a spoiler free review for you. This is a book you really have to experience for yourself, from beginning till end, in every detail. I’ve rarely came across a gem like this book is, from an author who even gets better and better with every new book she publishes. ACOMAF is FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. Just phenomenal. Read on for my extended review.. But beware; a lot of fangirl feel-rantings haha.
After finishing ACOTAR I was utterly lost. The book made such an enormous impact on me. I fell hard for the story and it’s chracters. Feyre and Tamlin became favorite characters instantly, along with Luciën. And boy did it HURT to wait for a Court of Mist and Fury, due to release a whole year later. I just wanted MORE, MORE MORE… I wanted more from Rhys and his Night Court, since his introduction left an impact as well. But of course, I also wanted more on the relationship progress between Feyre/Tamlin. And I didn’t get disappointed, because I got my answers and much MORE MORE MORE.. *cries happy tears*
Rhys and his Night Court get a lot of attention in this book and my god, Sarah’s writing is just utterly amazing. There’s so much depth in this story. There’s not 1 word too many in this book, not one moment you’d think: can things speed along? Nope.. Every word, every sentence, every page and every chapter is amazing and I devoured it all. Stopping isn’t an option anymore when you start with this read. You don’t know what’s going to hit you, good luck 😉
The world building is so good, truly. I loved reading about the Spring Court in ACOTAR, but this was the thing I was aching for; the world building of the Night Court. Everything is so vividly written and Sarah’s got an amazing extended ‘view’ on her world and the way she lets us experience it through her words. You truly believe you’re in this world next to Feyre and Rhysand when they’re in the Night Court. And when you put your book down – because you have to go to the toilet at some point right.. grmbl.. – you could almost cry because you’re back in the real world again and it isn’t nearly as awesome as the one you just came from inside this book.The fact Sarah makes me feel these kind of feelings, says it all for me.. She’s just amazing. Her writing is off the charts phenomenally good.
“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien,
you find that the darkness begins to stare back.”
The character development is really good in this one. We get introduced to some new characters in the Night Court, who stole my breath away. 624 pages weren’t nearly enough for me! Rarely, just rarely, you come across characters so well developed like these ones. I felt that way in ACOTAR, but Sarah outdid herself with ACOMAF. The characters feel so REAL and you form an immediate addiction towards them. Every one of them has their own story to be told, his/her own specialties/powers and a lot of ‘little things’ that make you love them, all of them. Like I said; Rhys gets a lot of attention in this book, alongside his Inner Circle, who’s members we’ll get to meet early on, and I loved everything about them so much.
Rhysand is by far one of the best characters I’ve ever came across. We got to know him a bit in the first book and I thought he was really interesting already, back then. But after finishing a Court of Mist and Fury.. I’m lost and OBSESSED! We’re getting to know a lot more of his background story and the way HE experienced his stay under the mountain. And from then on, you’ll truly treasure the care Sarah put in these books. The amazing depth she already put between the lines in the first book, which will develop in this one. After reading a Court of Mist and Fury, you’ll never experience reading a Court of Thorns and Roses in the same way again.. Never.. With this book, everything gets turned upside down. I especially refer to Chapter 54 and 55 hehe.. God, I cried my freaking eyeballs out with this book. It hurt so much and at the same time there was so much beauty in the story and developments. Perfection.
And Feyre. She’s so broken after the happenings from Under the Mountain. I felt so much sympathy for her. We got to meet her in acotar as a character who’s strong, so strong and Under the Mountain just broke her. She has to fight so hard for everything now and she’s lost. Being in the Spring Court isn’t all she’d expected to be, because she’s not the only one who got ‘damaged’ because of things that happened before. And because of the intensity of being lost and broken, the way Feyre develops throughout the book is so beautifully written. I love the way she fits in with the Night Court and how she’s trying to find a place for herself to belong. I really like Sarah taking her time for Feyre’s development instead of rushing into things. Again, amazing writing by our Queen Maas.
“I painted stars and the moon and clouds and just endless, dark sky.” I finished the sixth, and was well on my way sawing through the seventh before I said, “I never knew why. I rarely went outside at night—usually, I was so tired from hunting that I just wanted to sleep. But I wonder … ” I pulled out the seventh and final arrow. “I wonder if some part of me knew what was waiting for me. That I would never be a gentle grower of things, or someone who burned like fire—but that I would be quiet and enduring and as faceted as the night. That I would have beauty, for those who knew where to look, and if people didn’t bother to look, but to only fear it … Then I didn’t particularly care for them, anyway. I wonder if, even in my despair and hopelessness, I was never truly alone. I wonder if I was looking for this place—looking for you all.”
Well, as you probably noticed already, I don’t say much about the spring court, Tamlin and Luciën. That’s because they’re not present much during this book. But, being honest here.. I didn’t miss them because all the new stuff and new characters in this book is more then enough to keep you occupied. The night Court just gobbles you up and makes sure you don’t think of anything other than what’s in front of you right there and then.
The happenings of Under the Mountain leaves their mark on Feyre, Tamlin but also Rhysand. Because of Under the Mountain things gradually shift in regards to feelings and relationships. The way Sarah writes this is genius, truly fantastic. This book lets you feel every emotion you could possibly be feeling on such an intense level it leaves you literally breathless when turning the last page.
“No one was my master—
but I might be master of everything,
if I wished. If I dared.”
I truly don’t know how to do this book justice with a review, because there aren’t enough words. Just not enough words to describe everything I feel in regard to this story and characters I fell so hard for in the previous book, who devoured my heart and soul in this sequel.
But I’d beg you on my knees, I’d do anything – anything – to make sure you read this book. I don’t think that there are many readers out there who wouldn’t fall in love with this story. Sure, there are probably some weird humans who don’t like it.. hihi.. But if you value my opinion, you can buy this series without any doubts and even start reading it with really high anticipations beforehand and you’d still be blown away by the amazing-ness that a Court of Mist and Fury is.
Melissa, over and out..