Hello everyone! Not too long ago, I reviewed A Court of Thorns and Roses and I had mixed feelings about it. I loved the concept and the overall execution, but it took too long to get somewhere. The ending was amazing, but the rest of it gave me mixed feelings. I did read that the second part of this series, A Court of Mist and Fury was a lot better. Therefore I decided to give the series another try and today I will let you know my thoughts.
Synopsis (Mild Spoilers)
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.
No Second-Book Syndrome
You know that feeling when you read a first book and you love it? Then you read the sequel, hoping it lives up to the first book but it fails miserably? This is not the case for ACOMAF. While the first book was good, it wasn’t fantastic. The characters were intriguing enough, but the story did not really get started until the book almost ended. Luckily, the positive review for the sequel were all with good reason. I absolutely adored this book. Once I started reading, I found it hard to put it down and when I had to put it down, I couldn’t wait to pick it up again. The story mainly takes place in the Night Court, whereas the first book was all about the Spring Court. The Night Court is a much more interesting place, with much more interesting characters.
The fact that our main character Feyre is broken after the events of the first battle, and needs to heal, is a fact I could appreciate. She did not just go back to her normal self as if nothing ever happened. The traumatic experiences which had an effect on all of the main characters are part of what drives this plot. It makes the novel interesting because it feels realistic, despite the fantasy realm it is set up in. The novel underlines the fact that not everybody deals with traumatic experiences the same way and it does not always bring people together. Every character had their own battles to fight, which made the characters feel well-rounded.
I especially enjoyed the character growth of the main character, Feyre. In the first book she was quite passive and needy. After the events of the first book, she has become strong, but remained vulnerable.
That love triangle though
In the first book, it felt as though the age-old trope of a love triangle was used to make things more interesting. In the second book, a choice is made and Feyre does not linger or give the other person any hope. A character which was still a supporting character in book 1, is now centre-stage and it could not be a better choice. He is more interesting, sexier and better for Feyre than the main love interest in book one. I have to admit I fell in love with him myself. I think this was mainly because the romance in this book did not happen overnight but was built up slowly. When Feyre falls in love, so does the reader. It is mostly convincing because of the fact that she knows what she wants, as opposed to the first book.
This book also contains sex-scenes which are much better written than those in Fifty Shades of Grey. That did make me feel all warm inside, but beware that this book is not suitable for younger viewers.
Craving for more
I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
I was a survivor, and I was strong.
The ending left me on an emotional high, craving for more. It did not end as abruptly as some other novels, but it was exciting enough to make me want more. I keep checking my mailbox to see if the third book has been delivered yet. Anyway, this book is definitely worth your time if you are looking for a new series to read.