In some ways better than book 1, but overlong. Again. 4/5.
The blurb: 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 cleaved in two.
I’ll try to talk about this book without including spoilers. However, if you’re determined to avoid anything even remotely spoilerly, just know this: if you enjoyed A Court of Thorns and Roses, you’ll love A Court of Mist and Fury. Go and read it now. You won’t be sorry!
There is so much to like in this book. The plot is solid and moves at a good pace. We’re introduced to lots of new, fantastic characters. The world-building continues to be top-notch and the writing is as excellent. In many ways ACOMAF is better than book 1. In ACOTAR there were some things about the Tamlin-Feyre relationship that I felt were “off” and so I just couldn’t get behind it (as I mentioned in my review at the time). This book vindicates those feelings 100% and left me feeling both slightly smug and relieved that the author clearly has a grand design for this series that’s panning out nicely.
I’ve seen some readers expressing distaste at the (rather graphic) sex scenes in this book. I didn’t particularly have an issue with them. They didn’t make me cringe, so points to Sarah J. Maas for that. However, if we were in any doubt, they do put this series firmly in NA rather than YA territory.
So why haven’t I given ACOMAF 5 stars if it’s better than ACOTAR? Well, partly it’s my own fault. For some reason, I had got it into my head that this was the concluding part of the story. As I was reading I was thinking, “Good lord, but this book is long. Oh well, never mind. I can understand she needs the time to wrap everything up. She’s forgiven.” Then, as I edged through the last 10% of the book my heart sank. There was just too much still going on. This book wasn’t going to wrap things up. A trilogy beckoned. So why, oh why, did this book need to be so long?
If I’m entirely fair, if I’d known this was the middle book in a trilogy I might have had a better experience of it!
Now that I’ve come to terms with the whole other book which is one its way, at least we can be assured that the final installment of this series is going to full of epic stuff that fans will be queuing up for. So many significant events are crammed into the last few chapters of ACOMAF we can assume that it is all GOING TO GO DOWN in book 3.
Overall: an excellent second installment in this trilogy. Fans of book 1 won’t be disappointed.