Wednesday, June 29, 2016

A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury, 2016 (Hardcover)
Length: 626 pages
Genre: Adult/Young Adult, Fantasy
Started: June 15, 2016
Finished: June 29, 2016

From the inside cover:

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 torn apart.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah J. Maas expands Feyre's world beyond even her wildest imagination in this seductive and stunning sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses.

Oh. My. Stars.

Abso-freaking-lutely phenomenal.

 I thought A Court of Thorns and Roses was good, but this is probably one of the only times in recent memory where I thought a sequel blew the original away, and whooo baby did it ever.

Warning, spoilers likely to follow...

Feyre has been resurrected by the High Lords and is now Fae, complete with powers from each court. About to marry Tamlin, he wants her kept safe after almost losing her to Amarantha, but Feyre is quickly getting cabin fever from not being allowed to hone her new-found abilities or being able to help Tamlin in court. Desperate and unable to be confined to Tamlin's home any longer, Feyre is rescued in a way by her contract with Rhysand, forced to spend a week at a time at the Night Court with him. He offers to help her hone her powers and to teach her how to read and write, which Feyre accepts. When Rhys tells Feyre of the war brewing across the seas which will surely reach them and the mortal realms, Feyre must decide whether she will forsake Tamlin and the Spring Court to align with Rhysand and the Night Court in their efforts to defend against Hybern.

First off, I will forever thank the author for pairing Feyre with Rhys, I love the two of them together, and this book is either fraught with sexual tension so thick you could cut it with a knife, or incredibly steamy sex scenes that will make you blush (so obviously this is not the kind of young adult novel you'd give to a thirteen year old). The interactions between the two of them are amazing due to the witty, biting banter back and forth.

I also appreciate that the beginning of this novel was mostly about Feyre evaluating her situation and trying to figure out what exactly she wants given her new circumstances. She really examines things and comes to the right decision that is truly right for her.

Amren, Cassian, Mor, and Azriel are freaking awesome, the four of them with Rhys and Feyre make an amazing team (Cassian is my personal favourite).

You must read this, go plow through A Court of Thorns and Roses just so you can read A Court of Mist and Fury.

Thoughts on the cover:
Continuity from the previous cover with a glimpse of Feyre from the side, this time in a blue and black colour scheme, notice the detail of the tattoos on her hand.

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