This was such an engaging, fantastic read and even better than the first. The plot was entertaining, the world-building was expanded upon as we learn more about the other courts and their politics, and the characters are so well-developed. Even the new characters that were introduced were developed and so multi-dimensional. I can’t wait to read the final book in the series. Team Rhysand all the way! FYI: This book is sold as young adult but should be read by very mature readers due to graphic sex scenes!
A Court of Mist and Fury picks up a few months after the ending of the previous book. Feyre is learning to cope with her new body, abilities, and everything that happened Under the Mountain. It is apparent that she isn’t as happy at the Spring Court as she once was and doesn’t seem to keen on marrying Tamlin. What happened also changed him as well and he is more protective than ever, which is causing problems. Rhysand appears the day of Tamlin and Feyre’s wedding to take her away as per their agreement, and this is when EVERYTHING changes. Everything you think you know? You don’t. I just couldn’t believe all the twists and turns this book made. Team Tamlin…FORGET IT. I’m team Rhys all the way!! 🙂
“He thinks he’ll be remembered as the villain in the story. But I forgot to tell him that the villain is usually the person who locks up the maiden and throws away the key. He was the one who let me out.”
The pacing of the book is just perfect! I loved the slow build of Rhys and Feyre’s relationship and how long it took her not only learn about her new abilities but to get over what happened. Her nightmares stay with her through most of the book and that just makes perfect sense.
By no means was the book predictable. So many twists and turns. I just can’t even explain! I’m pleasantly surprised to find that in no way does this book suffer the “middle book syndrome”. It is so much better, more interesting, and less predictable. It builds upon the first book perfectly and I couldn’t believe how everything is connecting together! *Spoiler* I couldn’t believe that Rhys was actually protecting Feyre from the very first moment they met. I couldn’t believe what he did for her and all the while we just thought he was a complete asshole *Spoiler*
Typically, I hate romance in fantasy but I think Maas did it right. Now ACOTAR was totally wrong and relied way too much on instant love. I hated all of the romance in that book because it just wasn’t real. In, ACOMAF there is a very slow build and a reason why their passion is so intense. From the beginning, you assume they will be together but it takes a long time for Feyre to come around. In my opinion, it almost took too long. It didn’t take long to realize that Rhys isn’t what everyone believes him to be but for some reason it took quite awhile for Feyre to like to him. The other thing that bothered me was some of the phrases used such as “Prick”. It was used way too many times and started to become more of a childish thing to say as were some of their notes and bickerings, but I got passed it. The sex scenes, however, are very detailed and I don’t usually like that but it just worked because I cared about their relationship so much.
“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”
That ending! OMG! I am going to be reading the next book ASAP! I seriously need more Rhysand…like right now.
The world is expanded upon quite a bit in this book. We get to learn all about the Night Court, visit a couple others, venture to a prison, and even travel to Hybern. Not only do we get to see some of the courts, we get to learn some of their secrets too. Can I just say I really want to live in this world and be a Fae! After the war of course. 🙂
Feyre develops a lot throughout the book and by the end becomes someone so much better. Much more independent, less annoying, and does things for herself. It takes a while but she finally manages to overcome what happened Under the Mountain and hopefully put it behind her for good. I look forward to seeing her in her new role in the next book and how much it changes her, if at all.
“There are different kinds of darkness,” Rhys said. I kept my eyes shut. “There is the darkness that frightens, the darkness that soothes, the darkness that is restful.” I pictured each. “There is the darkness of lovers, and the darkness of assassins. It becomes what the bearer wishes it to be, needs it to be. It is not wholly bad or good.”
Rhysand was so incredibly mysterious and such an asshole in the first novel but that has all changed in this book. Rhysand’s history and motives are all revealed in this one and I almost cried! Just so amazing! He is such an interesting character and really cares for his family and his people. What he goes through to protect them is just incredible. His relationship with Feyre was slow to develop which I loved and the secret he was hiding…omg! I couldn’t believe it but I was so happy! 🙂
We are introduced to Rhy’s inner circle and I have to say I loved each and every one. It took a while to get to know them, but I’m really liking them so far. Amren, Azriel, Mor and Cassian are all so amazing and I loved seeing how they all function as a family. Amren, of course, is the most interesting and you will understand why when you read the book. I hope to learn so much more about her in the final novel. Some of Mor’s history as well as Azriel’s and Cassian’s are revealed as well and helps to bring about a connection with the characters. Definitely, makes them feel more real and now I officially care what happens to all of them.
“The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.”
Tamlin…oh how I despise Tamlin. I can’t believe what he did at the end of the book and what it took for him to get to Feyre. I hope Feyre destroys the Spring Court and everyone in it…expect maybe Lucien. Tamlin has officially become the beast that was missing from the first novel.
I’m also enjoying Feyre’s sisters as well. More so Nesta than Elain. I can’t believe what happens to them!! *Spoiler* I just can’t believe they were turned into Fae and once it’s revealed that Elain is Lucien’s mate!! Oh, I couldn’t believe it! Now I just hope Cassian and Nesta end up together! *Spoiler*
No complaints about the writing!
Ugh! I like aspects of it. The title is awesome, there are no blurbs, and the city in the background definitely has some meaning to the story but I HATE that Feyre is featured on the cover again. Also, there is no series name or number anywhere on the cover or spine.