Disclaimer: Please do not read this book unless you are experienced in extreme emotional rollercoastering. I suggest you buckle in tight, because A Court of Mist and Fury will take your breath away.
To start with, if you have not read the first instalment of Sarah J. Maas’ new fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses yet, what have you been doing with your life? Stop reading this and go and find it immediately. You can thank me later.
For all the old-timers, you are in for a treat because Feyre is back but this time she is High Fae… and not adjusting well. Tamlin has taken overprotective to a whole new level and Feyre finds strange comfort in the company of Rhysand, High Lord of the Night Court who she once couldn’t stand. After saving the land in book one, Feyre now faces an even bigger challenge in learning to save herself.
I believe it is a rare feat to find a second book you love better than the first. Second books are a sly species that tend to draw out the plot much longer than necessary just because the first book was a hit. This one however is clearly a breed of its own because although I would have laughed if you had told me pre-ACOMAF that I would like it better, you would have been absolutely right. Maas truly knocks it out of the park with this one.
One of the most satisfying things in books is a bit of good old character development. And Feyre’s transition from a Bella Swan into a Katniss Everdeen is about as satisfying as it gets. Broken and terrified to stand up for herself at the start, she walks out of this novel like the powerful ninja-warrior you always wanted her to be. And can we just talk about the title. A Court of Mist and Fury. I mean come on, I’m not advocating judging a book by its title here, but how intense is that?
If you thought you loved the characters in the last book you will love these ones even more. Rhysand and Feyre are kind of the best combination ever. Endlessly witty and cheeky but somehow still raw and vulnerable, they make the book what it is. The sass is so real I couldn’t get enough of it. Days after reading this book, the characters are still running through my mind while I wonder desperately what will happen to them next.
Irresistible, heart-pounding exhilaration, A Court of Mist and Fury is hands down my favourite book of the year so far. I went in expecting great things and somehow it was better than I ever could have imagined. I can’t wait to see how Maas will bring it with the next one.
Reviewed by Alex Thompson
As part of the Allen & Unwin YA Ambassador review team.
A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury