I just have to preface this review by stating that I love Sarah J. Maas. I’ve never met her personally or anything, but so far every book I’ve read by her, I’ve loved.
A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the newest series by Maas. I just finished the first one a week before I decided to delve into the second. Maybe I should be reviewing the first book, but that one came out a year ago, and I’m sure there’s already tons of reviews out there, so that’s my main excuse, but really it’s just because I like this one a lot better.
In the first book, I really only started to get into the story about halfway through, and the ending only made me excited about the next one in the series. Let me tell you, this sequel does not disappoint. I’m over here biting my nails hoping that Maas will write her next book in this series and forgo the Throne of Glass series (even though I love that series, and I can’t wait to see where Celaena’s path will lead.)
This book had all the hallmarks of a great romance book. There was a tragic hero who pretends to not be in love with our heroine in order to let her come to her own decision about her future. There was lots of flirtation, there’s a love triangle, and then there’s fate.
In the first book, I never really believed in the love between our main character Feyre (a former Fae-hating human, who has become High Fae after passing a brutal test and defeating an evil queen.) The moment Rhysand stepped into the picture, I found myself rooting for him, even though Maas masterfully makes us believe that she is meant for Tamlin. Even at the end of the first book I just assumed she was going to end up with Tamlin, after all, she gave up her humanity to be with him…but when this book opens you realize that Tamlin was never the right man for her, because he doesn’t understand the person Feyre is fundamentally. It’s in his protection that she feels like a prisoner. When Rhys rescues her, he almost throws her into danger headfirst, because he understands that she can’t be coddled and wants to be of use, or she will go insane.
Right from the beginning the chemistry between Feyre and Rhys practically jumped off the page. Near the end, when they finally acted upon that chemistry (seriously, this book is for older teens, we’re talking explicit stuff here…) I breathed a sigh of relief and may have shouted “Finally!” out loud to my cat.
This is a great series for people who like fantasy and for people who like romance and adventure. There’s great world building and character development. I was rooting for the background characters as much as our heroes. I really can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next book now that the King of Hyburn has finally come into the picture.