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A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses) Hardcover – May 3, 2016
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Gr 10 Up—Maas continues to uphold her reputation for building alluring and breathtaking worlds and creating characters who feel so real they could walk off the pages of the book. In this volume, which picks up where A Court of Thorns and Roses left off, Feyre is engaged to Tamlin, the High Lord of the Spring Court, whose kingdom she went to great lengths to save under the mountain. The Spring Court is grateful for the sacrifices she made, but Tamlin is all too happy to lock Feyre up in his castle and protect her from the many dangers of his world. Struggling with her own depression, Feyre sets her needs aside to make Tamlin happy, but when his overbearing tendencies go too far, Feyre nearly breaks. She is rescued by Rhysand, the feared High Lord of the Night Court, with whom she struck a deal and to whom she has been bonded ever since in ways she can't explain. He shows her a new life and, with the assistance of his Fae friends, helps Feyre learn to control her newfound powers and tap into the strength she forgot she had, which may just be the key to saving Prythian from the evil King of Hybern. The sensuous romance that develops between Feyre and Rhysand will take readers on a whirlwind so fun and addicting they won't be able to put it down until the very end. Peppered with titillating scenes, the love story evolves in ways that may frustrate some readers, but remains true to real life. VERDICT A must-have where the author's previous works are popular.—Candyce Pruitt-Goddard, Sno-Isle Libraries, Marysville, WA
"The world is exquisitely crafted, the large cast of secondary characters fleshed out, the action intense, and the twist ending surprising, heartrending, and, as always, sure to guarantee readers’ return . . . When has Maas not churned out a best-seller? Her ongoing Throne of Glass series is enormously popular, and this sequel in an equally devoured new series is primed for similar success." - Booklist
"The erotically charged lead-up to the romantic storyline's climaxes (pun intended) adds stakes to the cliffhanger. Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy fantasy." - Kirkus Reviews
"Maas lets the relationship dynamics change organically, and her talent for creating chemistry between her characters (including some fiery sexual encounters) is as strong as ever. Maas gives Feyre the space to regain her agency and prove herself the equal of any High Lord, resulting in an immersive, satisfying read." - Publishers Weekly
"A gorgeously written tale as lush and romantic as it is ferocious. Absolutely spellbinding." - Alexandra Bracken, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author, on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
"Simply dazzles. . . . the clamor for a sequel will be deafening. . . . Maas' Throne of Glass series has been a smash hit . . . this new series is primed to follow in its footsteps." - starred review, Booklist on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
"Sarah J. Maas delivers what may be her best work to date. . . . Enchanting, spellbinding and imaginative. . . . The world-building is stellar, as only Maas can imagine it." - USA Today on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
"Suspense, romance, intrigue and action. This is not a book to be missed!" - The Huffington Post on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
"The sexual tension and deadly action are well-supported by Maas' expertly drawn, multidimensional characters and their nuanced interpersonal dynamics. . . . Sexy and romantic." - Kirkus Reviews on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
"A dazzling world, complex characters and sizzling romance." - Top Pick, RT Book Reviews on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
"A well-developed world. . . . [Feyre's] grit and boundless loyalty demand that her foes--and readers--sit up and pay attention." - Publishers Weekly on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
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Top Customer Reviews
Feyre's character growth is incredible. I wasn't a huge fan of her in ACOTAR, but she really reminds me of Aelin in Heir of Fire here with how she learns to respect herself and shape her own future. Feyre developed so much incredible self-awareness, honesty, and bravery. Rhys supports her, but she doesn't grow through him (which is SO important). She became pretty badass by the end and she's now one of my favorite characters? Man, this book shocked the hell out of me so many times.
I can't really summarize all these feels right now, so here's a list of the awesome:
- The Court of Dreams/Rhysand's family
- every. single. detail. of the Night Court (I expect amazing fan art)
- answers & the insight into all of Rysand's previous actions
- actual healthy relationships with communication (for friendships too)
- how much Rhys supports and respects Feyre as an equal
- the fact that this was never a love triangle!
- Feyre leaves a toxic relationship for herself instead of another guy
- awesome action scenes and pacing that never got slow
- Feyre's POV stopped romanticizing Tamlin's controlling behavior from ACOTAR
- Hades/Persephone retellings where Hades is the good guy are my favorite
- how Feyre's sisters got worked into the plot
- THAT ENDING aghhh it was painful but the next book will be amazing
I've seen some concerns that this book might be too steamy for teens, but I really don't think it's a bad thing for teens to read about consent in an empowering relationship for a change. I have seen SO many unhealthy relationships in YA books that romanticize abusive & controlling guys who are attractive because they're threatening (??). Rhys turns out to be the complete opposite of that here. It was definitely more explicit than I thought was necessary, but I also think adults who shield teens from sex scenes have either forgotten what being a teen is like or truly don’t grasp the materials that teens see/read/live. Society has enough stuff that shames teen girls, so if they want to read this then let them see a strong female character going after the life & relationship that's healthiest for her.
And before you ignore this book because of a potential love triangle or the risk that Rhysand's previous behavior would be considered acceptable, let me assure you that this book hightails it in the opposite direction. Maas is not condoning abusive relationships in any way -- quite the opposite.
It's funny to look back at my review of ACOTAR last year where I said I'd be a way bigger fan of this series if the books dropped Tamlin and went to the Night Court. Hallelujah. I mean, I was somewhat into ACOTAR, but ACOMAF just became one of my all-time favorite books.
Feyre went through some serious trauma in ACOTAR and at the end of the book you're wondering if she'll ever truly recover. What I loved so much about ACOMAF is that you're watching her work through that trauma and it's most certainly NOT an overnight transformation. She spends so much of the second book completely undone and damaged from what she experienced "under the mountain" and it totally colors her decisions and upends her world. Like I said, Maas is not afraid to get messy and difficult with her character arcs and this is what I love about her. She gave us a Feyre that is working through her s*** and sometimes it's not pretty. But don't worry, Feyre has some pretty powerful (and beautiful) breakthrough moments as well.
Through those dark days, Feyre is surrounded by people who walk with her through that darkness and help her get to the other side of her grief. We meet several new characters in ACOMAF and each and every one of them bring something new to the story. I loved the introduction of these people and what they brought to the table. They were each so distinct and separate from one another, but come together as an epic squad for Feyre to team up with. I can't wait to learn more about them and their pasts.
Speaking of epic squads...this crew is out to kick some ass and take some names. The action and suspense it turned up to 100 in ACOMAF and towards the end of the book we get some serious WTF and OMG moments. I'm not quite sure how some things are going to turn out for some of the characters, but I know Maas will make it shocking and exciting!
Oh, and lest I forget, there are some suuuuper sexy, steamy, swoony moments in this book. I mean, there were scenes where I had to take a moment and catch my breath. Maas really knows how to write some seriously provocative love scenes. I wish I could say more about this aspect of the book but I'd be totally spoiling it. I'll definitely have a lot more to say about it next week in my spoiler review.
Bottom line, Maas knows how to tell a story. In ACOMAF she takes that talent and brings it to a whole new level. A true example of that is Chapter 54. This chapter absolutely blew me away! You'll totally see when you read it, but the way in which she slowly unfolds a certain back story that ties so much of the series together was masterful. As I read it, I felt like I was right there in the room as the character told it, holding on with suspense and awe as I listened to them confess secrets and hidden emotions. It was beautiful, heartbreaking, honest, tender and brought everything full circle. I've read that one chapter at least four times since I finished the book...it's THAT good!
Note to the parents: This book can get pretty steamy/descriptive in terms of romantic scenes. (I’m just alerting you if you are very cautious about the types of books/scenes you want your kids to read given their age range.) If it helps, I feel like the author was very purposeful in including those scenes, and if anything, I think things are described in a way that is healthier than what’s in a lot of teen fiction nowadays (ie: destructive relationships).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Genre: Fantasy/Romance (not sure why it's targeted towards the YA audience when Feyre is in her twenties I believe. Either way she's an adult).Read more
Couldn't put it down. The action, the danger, the romance... I was team Rhysand since he first appeared, at the festival.Read more