Title: A Court of Mist and Fury (book two of ACOTAR series)
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Feyre is struggling, the aftermath of the events of Under the Mountain are taking their toll. Back at the Spring Court life seems to go back to how it used to be before Amarantha’s rule. As the days are filled with endless meetings, dinners and rituals – Feyre is sinking deeper and deeper into a darkness she might not get back from. Then as the High Lord of the Night Court claims his prize, Feyre is on her way to another darkness.
“When you spend so long trapped in darkness, Lucien, you find that the darkness begins to stare back.” – Feyre
The first few chapters where challenging to read as it is clearly Feyre is suffering, but no one seems to notice. As life at the Spring Court comes back, Feyre is haunted by her experiences and decision from Under the Mountain. Her relationship with Tamlin is strained as they both try to deal with the aftermath and with the fact that Feyre made a deal with the High Lord of the Night Court, Rhysand.
Tamlin’s need to protect her and keep Feyre safe from danger starts to cross over into something far more dark and dangerous. In his controlling need he ends up slowing her healing process down, and Feyre finds herself in a new kind of prison. One created by the very Fae she loves. As she slowly starts to waste away, you start to wonder how she will ever survive. When Rhysand returns to claim his end of the bargain and takes Feyre to the Night Court, you do start to wonder what is best; the Spring Court or the Night Court?
First of all, I do have to admit I really enjoyed this book – which came as a huge surprise for me as I did really not like ACOTAR. By the end of ACOTAR I had warmed up a little, but it really was not enough to make me jump into ACOMAF without some hesitation. That being said, I am happy I kept going as I had been recommended to do.
This book is well-written, Maas has done a good job in making you really feel the impact the events under the Mountain had on the characters, and especially Feyre. There were moments where I could literally feel her falling apart and hoping she would make it through. There is one particular scene in the first few chapters that I really felt for her, and I was sure that at that moment she would not make it. The feeling of getting her out of the Spring Court becomes so consuming that you are relieved when Rhysand finally turns up to claim his part of the bargain – even though you are not particularly fond of him.
For me, what really made me love this book is the sense of humor in the midst of all the seriousness. Humor helps the plot and the characters, it shows that even if times are dark and you are struggling, there is still hope and bright moments. After finishing the series, I still find that ACOMAF has some of my favorite moments, moments where I found my self roaring with laughter (and feeling awkward as I forgot I was in public while reading).
Unlike ACOTAR, the events unfold in a good pace – and you finds yourself wanting more as you start to pick up on vibes between characters that you hope they act on. I even had moments where I would tear up or even giggle like a love-struck teenager. There are certain scenes that do affect you a lot and the tension, are reaching beyond the written page.
Overall, this is a really really good book. If you hated or disliked ACOTAR, please, just get through it – as this one, makes up for everything you disliked in the first installment. Maas, deserves