Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Recorded Books
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Running Time: 23 hours, 16 minutes
Goodreads Summary: 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.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
‘Scuse the French but Holy. Fucking. Wow. I just, I can’t even….I’m speechless. A Court of Mist and Fury (which I’m going to be abbreviating as ACOMAF from here on out) blew me away. I don’t know how Maas does it, but she’s constantly topping herself with each successive book she writes. It’s incredible.
Where to start? Let’s start with the characters.
Okay, so let’s get the elephant out of the room. Tamlin. I know some people were devastated to see the change in his character. But we all have to face the fact that grief and trauma affect us all differently. And some of us don’t react well to it. Tamlin was one of those people. I don’t think he acted out of mean-spiritedness, though, just out of fear. But that doesn’t make his actions any less condemnable.
I loved the growth we saw in Feyre and how we got to see how her time under the mountain affected her so deeply. When she began the book, she was weak and fearful and by the end of the book, she was a total BAMF (again, excuse the French). I adored seeing her come into her powers and strength (emotion, mental, and physical strength), it was truly beautiful.
I fell in love with Rhysand. First off, he is the sass master. But he’s also just such a good guy. He respects Feyre and pushes her to grow and become who she is instead of cloistering her. It warmed my heart to see that. And there’s such emotional depth to his character as well.
That brings me to the fact that Maas writes all of the characters–including the side characters–with such depth. They all have incredible, intricate backstories and authentic motives for their actions. I think the fact that Maas now writes such deep characters particularly shows how far she’s come as an author.
The plot was superb, as per usual for a Maas book. Maas weaves all of the story elements and mysteries and action and adventure together into a delectable blend! There was never a moment when I wasn’t on the edge of my seat.
Finally, I just want to give Maas a shoutout for writing a book which addresses/portrays the issues of PTSD, toxic relationships, and male rape! These are all such serious topics which desperately need to be spoken about and represented. It is so incredible that a popular, best selling author included them in her book and I hope this book gives people a platform to speak about those issues.
All in all, I loveloveloveLOVED ACOMAF! I now have a massive book hangover and would probably kill to get the sequel in my hands ASAP. If you’re wondering whether you should read this book or the series, at this point there’s not a doubt in my mind: just read the bloody book!
Jennifer Ikeda absolutely killed it as a narrator! She’s one of those quieter narrators who doesn’t do a ton of voices, but rather distinguishes between characters through tone and emotionality. I particularly liked her voice for Rhysand; she did an incredible job embodying his power and confidence and I could practically hear the smirk behind her words! Like I said, just a terrific grasp on character emotion without being overwhelming. I thought the audiobook for ACOMAF was absolutely wonderful and I’d definitely recommend the format!