Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy YA
First Published: 2016
Page Count: 624
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Note: Book 2 of the trilogy
*Best Book of 2016 on Without A Book
The sequel obliterates what you thought you knew about book 1 and exceeds the high expectations this fan of the series had going into this story.
*New Cast of Characters *World Building/ Character Backstories *Plot Twists
*Slow, Somewhat Predictable Start
“No one was my master- but I might be master of everything, if I wished. If I dared.” Feyre is living a life most mortals could only dream of. She has been made an immortal member of the High Fae with a human heart, the only one of her kind, and is living out her days with Tamlin, the man she risked everything for, in his manor in the Spring Court. Life should be paradise but trouble has not died with Amarantha’s demise and the tattoo on Feyre’s arm is a constant reminder of the monthly price she will have to pay to Rhysand, ruler of the Night Court, for saving her life. However, things in Feyre’s life are not as black and white as she had assumed when friends become enemies, her newly acquired powers reveal themselves, and court politics return and threaten to destroy everything Feyre holds dear.
Sarah J. Maas once again proves why she is currently one of my favorite authors. I’m a pessimist and I naturally believe that most sequels will not live up to what I loved in the first book and that the series will slowly decline with each new book. I was pleasantly surprised and positively blown away with how much better A Court of Mist and Fury was to A Court of Thorns and Roses, which is saying something because book one was essentially my ideal fantasy novel. What makes this such a satisfying sequel is we are much more deeply entrenched in the world Maas has created. Questions are answered, character backstories are fleshed out, and we are given a greater look at Prythian, its courts, and its people. But what seals the deal for me with this book is that Maas managed to completely change my views on characters and how I viewed the events from book one. The latter can be pretty easily accomplished but when I’m team so-and-so I dare anyone to try to change my stance. I have done a complete 360 on my opinions of different aspects in the book and feel even more passionate about my new-found favoritism and dislike towards certain characters that it almost warrants a reread of book one just to get my head straight.
As badly as I had wanted this book after finishing the first one, it took me awhile to get through it. The beginning is a bit slow due to it being somewhat predictable. I’m happy in how the story plays out in the beginning but the events that occur are pretty predictable if you think about the natural progression of any relationship or how a character might act based on their personality in order to give their actions the greatest shock value. It is also a lot of Feyre being sick and mad which gets a bit repetitive.
Don’t be deterred by the slow start. It’s a big book and really picks up and keeps that break neck pace until the closing pages. I still can’t believe some of the things that happened in this book and could never have predicted the story would take this turn a book ago. With the addition of an engaging cast of new characters and the new direction Feyre’s life is taking there is a lot to discover in this book and even more to look forward to in the next.