BONUS BOOK: A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

“Elain, to her credit, did not faint. And Nesta, to hers, did not hiss at them.”

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Fiction

Book Jacket Synopsis: “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 the 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.”

Review: It’s no secret that I was extremely disappointed in A Court of Thorns and Roses. My main grievances stemmed from the fact that the ENTIRE plot was driven by the lackluster Tamlin/Feyre romance. I didn’t find Feyre to be a particularly compelling heroine and was disappointed in Maas’ world-building. When I finished reading A Court of Thorns and Roses, I had no desire to read A Court of Mist and Fury. However, I decided to eventually give the second book a chance after a coworker (whose literary tastes I trust) told me that it was miles and miles better than its predecessor. That being said, it still took me almost six months before I felt even remotely inclined to return to Feyre’s story. If I’ve learned anything over the past couple months (from reading both A Court of Mist and Fury and Queen of Shadows), it is this: never count Sarah Maas out. I’m certainly making no claim that she is a particularly dependable writer but, as it turns out, not-so-stellar feelings towards some of her earlier books are no indication of what she can do in future installments. A Court of Mist and Fury was leaps and bounds better than I expected. I really appreciated the fact that Feyre did not come out of the harrowing events of A Court of Thorns and Roses perfectly whole and happy. Instead, she spends a majority of this second novel coming to terms with what she was forced to do and witness to free Tamlin’s people from Amarantha’s rule. The secondary characters in this book (particularly Amren and Morrigan) are so, so, so much better than any comparable characters in the first book. You’ll still never hear me claim that Maas is an amazingly talented writer (which is why, despite the leaps and bounds of improvement over A Court of Thorns and Roses, this book only gets three stars). But she is a great storyteller and I’m excited for the third book in the series to come out this spring.




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