A Court of Mist and Fury is the second book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas and I have to say, this is one of the few series in which I thought the second book was better than the first. It’s a rather thick sequel at over 600 pages (which gave me a sore shoulder due to carrying it around in my purse) and I loved every page of it.
ACOMAF picks up just a little after where ACOTAR left off. Feyre survived the madness Under the Mountain, but not without it leaving its scars. She was tortured, forced to kill, even died. But when the High Lords give her the gift of immortality, turning her into a Fae herself, she is left to remember what she did to save Tamlin’s court for all of eternity.
She also has the bargain she made with Rhysand to save her life, and he comes ready to collect the day of her wedding to Tamlin. Beyond the hatred between Rhys and Tamlin, another force begins to move that threatens to split the world, and Feyre may be the only one who can stop it. She must learn to control the new Fae powers she posesses and to find the strength to see through the lies and madness threatening to destroy her and those she loves.
One of the most important things I can say about this book is that it handles Ferye’s PTSD really well. She went through severe trauma Under the Mountain in ACOTAR and Maas doesn’t gloss over this. Feyre is terrified of dark, closed in spaces; the color red sets her off; flashbacks and nightmares make it impossible for her to sleep, which only exacerbates the issue. Her anxiety and depression wears on her, both mentally and physically.
I can’t say how grateful I am that Maas didn’t turn Ferye into another one of these YA heroines who seem to not be affected by things that would mentally disturb and traumatize any normal human being. Ferye feels so much more realistic in this respect.
Then, there’s the handling of the controlling, emotionally abusive relationship between her and Tamlin. The story highlights how this kind of controlling love isn’t love at all. By his forcing Feyre to “keep up appearances,” not letting her talk about what happened, and ultimately locking her in the house, he only succeeds in abusing her.
Not ok, Tamlin. Not ok.
In all of this, she doesn’t just get “fixed.” It’s a process, aided greatly by the bad boy from ACOTAR – Rhysand. She has to let it out and those around her have to let her be who she is in order to find her way back out. Her brokenness does not make her broken. Each day was a step out. Again, I loved that Maas didn’t just wiggle her nose and make Feyre “all better.” Recovery, whether physical or mental, is a process.
I also loved the reversal of Rhysand. I knew there was more to him in ACOTAR, but I couldn’t quite place what it was. He was important, but still too much of a mystery. In ACOMAF though, watching him through Feyre’s eyes proves how wrong we can be about a person. His character and their relationship developed beautifully and I cannot wait for the next book!
A Court of Mist and Fury is heartbreaking, super steamy (this one EVEN MORESO than ACOTAR needs to be NA, not YA!), and full of action and intrigue. I would highly recommend this to almost any (older) reader, but especially fans of fantasy, romance, and adventure.
What did you think about ACOMAF? Let me know in the comments!