A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2
Page Count: 624
Original Publication Date: 2016
Genre(s): New adult, Romance, Fantasy
Though Feyre now has the body of an immortal, her heart is undoubtedly still mortal. She defeated the evil queen, rescued her lover, and can now live happily ever after tucked away in Tamlin’s palace. So why does something feel so…wrong? Feyre is plagued with horrible nightmares of her time spent Under the Mountain — of Amarantha, of the pain and loneliness, of the horrible things she did to free Prythian. And though she knows Tamlin has his own nightmares and trauma, he does not share them with her. In fact, he doesn’t share much of anything with her—only keeps her locked inside the house, always guarded, caged like a prisoner, all to “keep her safe.” And as their wedding day approaches, Feyre begins to question this new immortal life of hers—and if she wants to spend it as Tamlin’s wife after all.
If you’ve been following my reviews for a long time now, you’ll know I have a love-hate relationship with sequels. Sometimes they’re good, sometimes they’re bad, but rarely are they great; rarely do they outshine their predecessor. But I’ll tell you now: A Court of Mist and Fury is one of the best sequels I’ve ever read. Any issues I had with book 1 were nowhere to be found in ACOMAF — no slow beginning, no confusion, no cringe-y dialogue. It’s official: I liked the sequel more than the first book.
ACOMAF picks up shortly after the end of book 1: Feyre and Tamlin are in love, making appearances and showing a strong front in preparation for their wedding. But things are not as perfect behind closed doors. Feyre struggles with her actions Under the Mountain—she hardly eats and vomits up anything she does after her nightmares. She can’t paint. And Tamlin won’t let her leave the grounds out of fear she’d be attacked. Luckily, she made a deal with Rhysand Under the Mountain, and he finally steps in to claim his part of the deal: a week with Feyre. And that changes everything.
I know this book has been out for years, but the series has recently been garnering a lot of popularly thanks to TikTok, so I’m going to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible. I was hooked from the very first page of this book and did not lose interest once throughout. A lot of people like action and fight scenes in fantasy, but I much prefer dialogue and banter, which ACOMAF is full of, thank the Cauldron. I will say I was a little annoyed, at first, with the shift in Tamlin’s character. I read ACOTAR fully believing that Feyre and Tamlin were the hottest couple and perfect for one another—only to find Tamlin turn into an asshole as soon as the sequel started. But as I read on, I realized his character didn’t really change, he just started showing more of his true self on top of his heightened fears since being Under the Mountain. And the more Feyre finds out about Tamlin’s past, the more it all started to make sense. I really enjoyed how much Maas threw me for a loop. I thought Tamlin was so darkly hot when reading the first book. After reading this one, I feel embarrassed: clearly Rhysand is the darkly hot one.
I had no issues with this book and am furious that I have to work all day instead of starting the third book. Why is life so unfair? If you had some issues with ACOTAR and aren’t sure if you want to continue the series, please hear me when I say this book was even better than the first. I can’t get the story out of my mind. I am full-on obsessed and I’m not even upset about it. The pacing was perfect, the writing improved, and the spice absolutely amped up (you just have to wait a while for it). I’d give this book a million stars if I could. I can’t wait to keep reading.