BOOK REVIEW: A COURT OF MIST AND FURY BY SARAH J. MAAS



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.





Sometimes there are no words, and those reviews are the hardest.



ACOTAR was a contrary introduction to the series: flawed and splendid, slow and action-packed. It featured a heroine who drove many crazy with her senseless decision-making and a plot which only emerged in the last hundred pages of the book. The rest was mostly romance, and a glimpse into a rich world.

And I loved it. I didn't love the pacing which was split 3-parts-romance, 1-part-action, in a fantasy book. I didn't love the initial plot. But I loved the fragments of the world we got to see, and I endlessly loved the flawed characters.


The. Flawed. Characters. Beautifully flawed, tragically flawed, humanly flawed. Feyre, who had never gotten a chance to allow her sense to catch up with how quickly her instincts had been forced to grow up. Lucien, whose better judgment was rarely better, and rarely judgment, and who fled physical horrors only to spend a hundred years bracing against mental horrors and came out of it sassy, hilarious and shielded. Rhysand, who traded brute strength and weapons for secrets and schemes, and whose outward battles seemed to wage a larger war against his internal ones. And Tamlin, who was as big of a puzzle at the end as he was at the beginning.

My expectations for ACOMAF were astronomical. They were higher than astronomical. I held it to a standard that I thought no book could ever achieve.

And those expectations were laughable - just laughable compared to what I got in their stead. My 'astronomical' was surpassed around chapter 5. Sarah J. Maas had me expecting romance, sexual tension, some societal squabbles and light political scheming. But in that world, with those characters, it would have been a dream.

But what I got instead... *laughs* (See: line 1 of this review for my in-depth thoughts. That's right, they are all screaming too loudly for one to winnow the others out.(And yes, that was an ACOMAF pun right there.) 

It's not just that the world expands, it's the wonder it expands into. From a single mansion and a single cavernous dungeon to sprawling courts, kingdoms, entire worlds, all intricately weaved together and all rich and vivid and... amazing. I'm not just saying this. I was dead serious that time I offered up my soul in exchange for life in certain parts of Prythian. The world is that glorious thing that happens once in a blue book (and blue it is!), where to pry yourself away from it makes this real world so bleak by comparison. (Don't live in books, children. But leave me in this one forever. Do as I say, not as I do.I am now a proud citizen of Velaris, and I shall defend it with my soul.

(For example, I scream at its enemies when they attempt to uncover it. And by scream, I mean throat: hoarse, neighbors: concerned, explanation: futile. It was a blast.)

And then there are the flawed characters. Those flawed characters I loved so much who now evolve. Progress. Regress. Unravel. Dim. Shine. NEVER has Sarah J. Maas done character development like this. Not like this. And never could I have imagined it being this good. One, whose development goes in a way I've never ever seen done in NA to this extent. One, whose development goes exactly as expected - sinister, and cruel, and scheming, and awful. One, whose renewed struggle mirrors their past and regurgitates old fears. One, who was nothing like what they seemed. One, who was exactly what they seemed. And a new cast I loved so, so very much that they are my honorary family and don't you dare tell me they aren't real.

I know people who can hurt you. And they may or may not live in Prythian. Beware.

But none of this was as mindblowing as the themesThis is a book of plot, a book of messages, and a book of subtle background romance and powerful foreground themes. It's a sort of fantasy that weaves subtext of such enormous importance into an utterly engaging plot. I cannot, cannot explain what the exploration of abuse, consent, agency, freedom, depression, captivity, trauma and anxiety has meant to me.

There will never be words, possibly. I've done the best I can with the ones I have at my disposal. The real words, though... they just don't exist quite yet.





In the publishing industry, you know springtime has come when you find yourself buried under a pile of (a) anticipated releases, and (b) soul-crushing joy and despair, and book hangovers of astronomical proportions. And just in case The Raven King (review here) and This Savage Song (review to come) haven't done me in yet - ACOMAF has effectively finished the job. I am now a blob of cackle, tears, feminism and profound nostalgia. I like to believe said blob is black in color.

What about you, lovelies? What is the last book that has swept you off your feet, and what are your most anticipated releases coming out these days (or have yet to come out)? Any similarly-shaped blobs out there? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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7 May 2016 at 19:39

I couldn't agree with your review any MORE. OMG! (Nice puns, btw). The single most important part of your review? That bolded paragraph at the end. My gosh, you've perfectly summarized what drove my pile of mush by the end of the book! And ... I think, from the sounds of it, my expectations were pretty similar to yours, and they were COMPLETELY shattered.

Can I move into Valaris with you?! We could be neighbors!

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8 May 2016 at 09:36

Great review Lexie! THANK YOU SO MUCH for making sure I got a copy so I can read it too. I will very soon, as promised! <3

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8 May 2016 at 13:42

Okay, so I was wanting to read the series. Now I pretty sure I'll die without it. Awesome review, thank you for adding one more to my infinite to read list. XD

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10 May 2016 at 23:54

I'M READING IT RIGHT NOW AND IT IS AMAZING HOLY MOLY. Like I'm not such a fan of the Throne of Glass series anymore BUT THIS. THISSSSSS. Team Rhysand for life. And omg Velaris. And the Summer Court. Aaaand...well, I'm only halfway through so far BUT I CAN TELL IT WILL BE FIVE STARS.

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12 May 2016 at 23:13

I have literally seen nothing but 5 star reviews for this, so I am so glad to hear you loved it too! I wasn't the biggest fan of A Court of Thorns & Roses so I wasn't planning on reading this originally, but seeing all the glowing reviews makes me want to reconsider that. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous review! ♥

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17 May 2016 at 21:17

I NEED YOUR REVIEW LIKE I NEED TO RE-READ THIS BOOK 600 TIMES, EMILY! (NOBODY ARGUE - THIS IS NO LONGER A MATTER OF 'WANT'). I saw you finished it on GR and I saw you loved it, and I CAN'T AGREE ENOUGH. I'm now a PERMANENT RESIDENT OF VELARIS AND NOBODY EVEN ATTEMPT TO GET ME BACK TO THE REAL WORLD. I BITE. And as someone who was FIRMLY Team Rhysand since book 1... VINDICATION! JOY!

- Lexie

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18 May 2016 at 14:13

WELCOMEEEE! I'm on such an ACOMAF high, it's really borderline selfish when I shove it at others and cry READ IT. Because I JUST NEED TO DISCUSS EVERYTHING, OKAY?

- Lexie

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18 May 2016 at 14:15

ABSOLUTELY, LIZA! Velaris isn't the heart of the Court of Dreams for no reason - EVERYONE is welcome. (You know, provided you're in Rhys's good graces and have therefore been let in on the secret.) Which, let's face it, WE WOULD BE. It's why we're here, book blogging in the first place: certified dreamers.

Thank you very much, and see you in Velaris, neighbor!

- Lexie

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18 May 2016 at 14:17

AAAAAAALWAYS A PLEASURE! (*deep belly laughter crescendos in the background*) I'M NOT EVEN SORRY. ACOMAF is too good to pass up.

- Lexie

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18 May 2016 at 14:23

See, Zoe, I LOVED ACOTAR since last year, but for entirely subjective reasons.

Having said that - my subjective love of ACOTAR aside - this is an ENTIRELY different ball game. Where ACOMAF got me were the themes, the expansion of the world, the incredible cast of characters - all things which ACOTAR either lacked or only hinted at. BUT. THE. THEMES. I've already bemoaned the lack of words in my vocabulary to communicate JUST what the themes meant to me.

So, in my entirely biased opinion - ACOMAF is worth the second chance. And then some.

- Lexie

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19 May 2016 at 17:57

LOVE THIS REVIEW!!! Sums up my feelings perfectly. I loved this book so much! I had such high expectations and it surpassed them all. I just adored everything about this book. The romance was amazing. The character growth was phenomenal. The new characters are all fantastic. And the world just got so much bigger and I loved it all. YES, my heart belongs to Velaris now too.

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