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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

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.
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    Andreea Pop

    Rating: All the stars in the universe

    “I needed not to be dead when I agreed.”
    “You needed not to be alone.”

    I don’t really know what to say in order to adequately express how stunning A Court of Mist and Fury is. How exquisitely beautiful. How slow-burningly sorrowful. How… joyous at the same time. I’m at a lack of words for describing how it truly made me feel — because this book resonates with my soul and my heart and my mind so wonderfully, it just filled me with awe from within, leaving



    “I needed not to be dead when I agreed.”
    “You needed not to be alone.”

    I don’t really know what to say in order to adequately express how stunning A Court of Mist and Fury is. How exquisitely beautiful. How slow-burningly sorrowful. How… joyous at the same time. I’m at a lack of words for describing how it truly made me feel — because this book resonates with my soul and my heart and my mind so wonderfully, it just filled me with awe from within, leaving me drowning in an eternal swirl of emotions, a ruin because of a mere novel.


    “But then she snapped your neck.”
    Tears rolled down his face.
    “And I felt you die,” he whispered.
    Tears were sliding down my own cheeks.

    This book is a story about life and love and every gray shade in between. A story about the bleak days and the lovely winds of change. A story about hard-fought happiness and soul-wrenching sacrifices. And a story about a girl who finds herself drifting away into the fields of nothingness only to discover the stars and moon and night sky pointing towards her glorious rebirth.


    Feyre, oh dear Feyre. I am so so proud of her and who she’s become at the end of the novel. She’s so exhilarating and vibrant and incredibly strong. But she was not like this in the beginning. The events in the previous book shredded her apart from the inside out, living only a shell of the brave young woman we cheered for. My heart ached for her. But she finds herself again — her true self, her wild heart, her luminous spark of daring, fierce, brilliant dreams. And the heroine that emerges is coated with sheer determination, powerful bravery and astounding compassion.


    I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
    I was a survivor, and I was strong.
    I would not be weak, or helpless again.
    I would not, could not be broken. Tamed.


    I want to assure everyone that not one character,
    NO ONE
    , acts OOC. And besides Feyre, no one changes. You know what I’m talking about — the alpha-males vulturing around Feyre. ACoTaR only showed us bits and pieces, but we mustn’t jump to the wrong conclusions about certain people especially since the depth of ACoTaR felt (at least to me) similar to a Vegas wedding after meeting a guy in the hotel lobby, whereas ACoMaF was a reality check. Harsh and cruel and unyielding.

    This being said, I liked Tamlin. He was true to himself. Everything he does, he does out of love and of fear of losing Feyre. And we all know that people blinded by love can often make mistakes — and Tam did. Many mistakes. A lack of understanding intoxicated him and an imperative need for control severed his perception. Paradoxically, we get to know him better even if he’s not a present figure throughout the book. And perhaps, now that we’ve seen more of his layers and facades… perhaps we see him in a much different light. He has issues and I truly believe Amarantha messed him up mentally — nowhere near the trauma Feyre endured, but still a haunting scar imprinted on his demeanor. Regardless, do not mistake all I’ve said as excuses in his defense, because they are not. They do not excuse his ultimate authority, his condescending attitude and his infuriatingly rash decisions for which he does need to suffer the consequences. (view spoiler).


    “He did—does love me, Rhysand.”
    “The issue isn’t whether he loved you, it’s how much. Too much. Love can be a poison.”

    Rhysand, on the other hand, was the epitome of damn. I might even have a confession to make… He might… *gulp*… have overthrown Will Herondale and Dorian Havilliard as my favorite book boyfriend!!


    Rhys embodies the highest standards for fictional males. His bad-boy allure. His arrogance. His cunning mind. His elegance. His astounding power. But these are nothing compared to his internal beauty — his selflessness, his nerve-wrecking intensity, his carefully crafted mask, his turmoil and his kindness. His self-doubt brought me to my knees, because he is such a precious cinnamon roll and he doesn’t realize it. And holy shit his past was just too much — I WAS (AM) AN EMOTIONAL MESS.


    “You think I don’t know how stories get written—how this story will be written?” Rhys put his hands on his chest, his face more open, more anguished than I’d seen it. “I am the dark lord, who stole away the bride of spring. I am a demon, and a nightmare, and I will meet a bad end. He is the golden prince—the hero who will get to keep you as his reward for not dying of stupidity and arrogance.”

    And you wanna know what? HE’S A GODDAMN FEMINIST. If that doesn’t make you fall in love with him head over heels, I don’t know what will. Plus Rhys is basically the hottest fictional guy ever created (Darkling + Warner + Dorian = omg). WHY ISN’T HE REAL??? *sobs*



    “Tamlin won’t allow it.”
    “Tamlin isn’t your keeper, and you know it.”
    “I’m his subject, and he is my High Lord—”
    “You are no one’s subject.”
    ***
    “Maybe it’d be a mercy to be ended—
    A broad hand gripped my face—gently enough not to hurt, but hard enough to make me look at him. “Don’t you ever think that,” Rhysand hissed, his eyes livid. “Not for one damned moment.”
    ***
    “She wins,” Rhys breathed. “That bitch wins if you let yourself fall apart.”

    Lucien remains clever and intuitive and even though his relationship with our heroine gets stranded, his only flaw is undying, blind loyalty and I cannot fault him for that.

    Moving now onto more serious topics — the new characters. We have quite a lot, but by far the loveliest ones are Rhysand’s Inner Circle. They’re squad goals. Fierce Morrigan; strange and kickass Amren; sassy, arrogant and skilled Cassian; reserved and observant Azriel. All these, plus Rhys, entangle a dynamic that creates a family. I loved them to bits. Secondary characters, yet so wonderfully nuanced, three-dimensional characters that gut you with their own stories and make you shed a tear at how much they love each other. Plus, they cracked me up on a constant basis. And the respect and unflinching support they have between them was all kinds of wow and awwww.


    Okay. Enough with the stalling. Let’s venture into dangerous territory aka the romance. *deep breath* I want to start by saying there is no love triangle — there’s only
    a wonderful, all-consuming and healthy
    relationship that evolves naturally until it reaches paramount heights. I was constantly plastered with a stupid, goofy grin on my face whenever this couple interacted or was simply in the same scene. What makes them absolutely beautiful in my perspective is the mutual respect, honesty and support they have for each other — it paints them with an empowering and downright heartwarming glow. Their amazing friendship, their sparking chemistry, their hilarious banter and their hot as hell tension had me repeatedly blessing the gods for Maas.



    “He locked you up because he knew—the bastard knew what a treasure you are. That you are worth more than land or gold or jewels. He knew, and wanted to keep you all to himself.”
    ***
    “I’m thinking,” he said, following the flick of my tongue over my bottom lip, “that I look at you and feel like I’m dying. Like I can’t breathe.”

    Besides those strong traits of their relationship, I need to mention the steaminess and sexiness and overall HOTNESS. Because this book? It’s hot. Like black-in-the-middle-of-July-in-California-hot. NA, after all. You thought ACoTaR was hot? YOU THOUGHT WRONG — prepare yourself for hyperventilating, fangirling and swooning, ’cause SJM’s writing skills slay in those scenes.


    “I heard every word between you. I knew you could take care of yourself, and yet … ” He went back to his pie, swallowing a bite before continuing. “And yet I found myself deciding that if you took his hand, I would find a way to live with it. It would be your choice.”
    I sipped from my wine. “And if he had grabbed me?”
    There was nothing but uncompromising will in his eyes. “Then I would have torn apart the world to get you back.”

    Oh oh oh but there are some other ships that get my blood pumping even though they’re not sailing — YET THEY SHOULD. They totally should. Mozriel and Nessian embody pure awesomeness. (view spoiler)

    What I enjoyed tremendously about this particular sequel is how it managed to expand the realm beyond its initial borders, in terms of world-building, depth and history. ACoTaR now seems like a small piece of a giant puzzle, the lovely but common retelling of Beauty and the Beast paling in comparison to ACoMaF which, while just teasing us with glimpses of the real deal that’s to come, contained a sense of radiant and vast epicness.

    The most special and bewildering aspect is the lush and vivid portrayal of the Night Court. Enthralling and contradictory, it completely enraptures you with its seductive tone. So different from the Spring Court (and Summer Court which we get to visit!!). But I expected something disheartening and equally dark, and while this mysterious court has that vibe and then some, there is also such glorious light and normalcy and elegance that reside in its spectrum. The Court of Nightmares gave me goosebumps. The Court of Dreams, however, gave me breath and life. The book centers in Velaris and
    ohmygod this city
    ! I loved Velaris with all my being and if there ever was a fictional place or universe in which I’d want to live, then Velaris and the Night Court are it.


    Plotwise, there isn’t really much to say, honestly, besides the fact that the king of Hybern is the new big bad wolf (as expected) and he wants to bring chaos into this world. But his presence is subtle, his threat only looming on the horizon — the finale will deal with him more. Yet we encounter intrigue and secrets and eye-opening side stories and tales that create the legacy of Prythan hand in hand with the world-building. It felt similar to Heir of Fire, a journey of healing rather than grueling war. However, as in HoF, the last few chapters left me breathless and white-knuckled as I gripped the book to read every single word.
    Betrayals, alliances, resurrections, magic and evil marvelously unraveled in an explosive punch, a mic drop of a sort.
    It leaves you craving more the very next instant.


    We’ll see more Nesta and Elain and Tam and Lucien in the next book, that’s for sure. But the stakes are so high and the game of hide and seek between friends and enemies so dangerous that I cannot help but be in a continual frenzy until the sequel. It’s going to be as much of a masterpiece as this one, certainly.

    A Court of Mist and Fury made me want to re-read it the second I’ve finished it — and re-read again afterwards. It made me want to live in its universe. It made me want to be friends with the characters, tell them how much I adore them and just how precious they all are. It made me feel alive in so many ways that it also rendered me speechless.



    But you know where its absolute beauty resides? It’s in the cleverness with which it was constructed. Sarah J. Maas outdid herself — with the loose threads, with the vibe of Hades & Persephone and with the countless clues and hints that begged for a re-read of ACoTaR in order to pick them up bit by bit. No one can say she changed her creation to her whim, because it was all carefully planned out, mapped out ever since the first page of the first installment.



    “You are my salvation, Feyre.”

    A Court of Mist and Fury is my new favorite book and I’ll keep it close to my heart from now on. Enchanting, clever and masterfully written, it shattered my expectations and raised itself on a gold pedestal. I love it completely and I hope you’ll do so too — as fiercely as Feyre loves the night.


    On a chirpier note though, I’ll go drown myself into a hell of a long book-slump because nothing,
    absolutely nothing can come close to this glorious book while its remnants shine so brightly in my mind
    .

    ENJOY! <3

    P.S.: My headcanon fanart for ACoMaF:


    My Night Court photoset is a bit spoilery, so here’s the Tumblr link.

    My ACoMaF inspired playlist —
    The Stars Who Listen



    Listen here: 8tracks; YouTube.


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    Clau R.

    Sep 07, 2015

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    2016

    LET ME START MY REVIEW BY QUOTING MY PRE-REVIEW, THE ONE THAT I WROTE BEFORE THIS BOOK CAME OUT:

    Written in September 2015:
    Now that I’ve read Queen of Shadows I don’t know what to expect from this one. I AM SCARED. I’m totally open to the whole Feyre/Rhys thing, but I love Tamlin so much and I don’t want him to be ruined by Sarah J. Maas! Can someone please tell her that she can make us love a character without ruining another character?

    Because really, I ship Feyre and Tamlin, but I will not be m

    Written in September 2015:
    Now that I’ve read Queen of Shadows I don’t know what to expect from this one. I AM SCARED. I’m totally open to the whole Feyre/Rhys thing, but I love Tamlin so much and I don’t want him to be ruined by Sarah J. Maas! Can someone please tell her that she can make us love a character without ruining another character?

    Because really, I ship Feyre and Tamlin, but I will not be mad if SJM handles Rhys’s and Feyre’s relationship with cleverness.

    PLEASE SJM, DON’T RUIN TAMLIN.
    .
    .
    .
    And of course, WHAT DID SJM DO? RUIN TAMLIN!

    I tried to write my review without major plot spoilers, but there will be some minor spoilers about how the characters were handled. And warning: my emotions over this book are a mess, you’ll se how contrary they are!

    Anyway… let me begin:

    OH, I was mad! I was so angry when I started reading this book, because it is in the first chapter that you notice that Tamlin has changed and not for good. Now he’s an asshole. He’s insensitive and controlling, I couldn’t stand him! So congrats, SJM, you made me despise my (now former) favorite character in this series.

    I read a few reviews that said that Tamlin was always like that (a possessive piece of shit), but NO. HE WASN’T! He was caring and protective, not a control freak. I feel that Tamlin changed because of everything that happened with Amarantha. Everyone comments on how Feyre had PTSD and Tamlin didn’t try to understand her, but I think Tamlin also had PTSD. What he went through with Amarantha (and with almost losing Feyre) had a huge toll in him. I can accept that he changed because of that, but no one acknowledges it, not the readers, not Feyre, not even SJM. So that must mean that he just changed because he’s an asshole (I’m not buying it).

    My problem is that SJM wanted to force Rhysand on us, like she wanted to force Rowan on us in her Throne of Glass series. Excuse me, miss, but I don’t need the love interest to be pushed on me. I can decide by myself. And the thing is… I FELL IN LOVE WITH RHYS IN THIS BOOK! And I think I would’ve fallen for him even if Tamlin hadn’t been the piece of shit he was.

    Before this book, I couldn’t imagine any possible reason that would make Feyre leave Tamlin and fall for Rhys. Not after everything she went through to save Tam, he was the love of her life and her feelings for him were genuine. But then of course, the author put a lot of effort in ruining Tamlin, just so Feyre could fall out of love. What SJM doesn’t seem to understand is that falling out of love is normal. It’s perfectly fine. You don’t have to turn a character into a bad guy for that to happen. Sarah turned Tam into a villain, and that was not necessary.

    I also hated the comparisons Feyre was always making between Rhys and Tam, so frustrating! They were so obviously put there only to make sure that the reader understood that Tamlin was evil and Rhysand was good:
    “Ugh, Tamlin doesn’t let me go anywhere. But Rhys lets me do anything I want!”
    “Ugh, I had my nightmares and Tamlin never woke up to confort me. But Rhys is always there for me when that happens!”
    “Ugh, Tamlin only cares about hierarchy. But Rhys cares about family and about his people!”
    “Ugh, Tamlin doesn’t let me enter to his room. But of course Rhys invites me to his!”
    …I MEAN, SERIOUSLY? We can notice that by ourselves, but Feyre kept comparing and comparing during the whole book.

    Have you read the Shatter Me series? It was as if Feyre was Juliette, Tamlin was Adam and Rhysand was Warner… the very same pattern! First Tamlin was a cinnamon roll and suddenly he becomes a bad guy who only thinks about himself and is obsessed with Feyre. And Rhys was the evil guy in the first book but then you discover that he had really good reasons to do everything he did, and he’s a good guy incapable of commiting any evil. Gosh, I really liked Tamlin, but now I simply can’t stand him. SJM succeeded!

    And I had other issues with this book… but that was my main one. I’m afraid this has become the modus-operandi of SJM.

    Let me talk about those other issues… starting with Rhys. His character really intrigued me in the first installment of this series, he seemed evil, and I knew there was more in him than what he let us see. I knew he had his reasons to act the way he did, and of course I wanted to know why. BUT THIS WAS JUST RIDICULOUS. He’s not just not evil, he is too good, bordering in perfection. He’s a saint, he’s “Saint Rhys”. There is too much goodness in him. He’s also the “most powerful Fae ever born”, see? It’s unnatural to be that perfect.

    Another issue was that Rhys seems to be the only High Lord that cares about peace and prosperity. He’s literally the only one trying to stop the King. The other High Lords don’t care about humans! The other High Lords are stupid! I feel like SJM did this just to add more perfection to Rhysand’s character: Obviously he’s the only considerate Fae that cares about the poor humans, the other High Lords are nothing compared to him!

    Now let’s go to the other side of my review (this will be drastic): Despite eveything, I LOVE RHYS SO MUCH! UGH, SARAH! You did it, you made me fall in love with him! Maybe it’s his good nature. Maybe it’s his perfection. Maybe it’s because he reminds me of Warner. I don’t care anymore… I’m just really rooting for him. I don’t know how Sarah does it. Even with everything that bothers me about his character, I couldn’t help falling for him.

    And it is rare when I change my ship in a series, but I did in this one because there’s no way I’d still ship Feyre and Tamlin after everything that happened in this book (which is sad, because I really shipped them in the first book). Now I can only say that I ship Feyre and Rhys SO. MUCH. Their relationship development was beautiful, everything they went through made their love more real, made it stronger. There is no love triangle here, there are no teams, there are simply Feyre and Rhys and I NEED them to be together.

    There were only two things I didn’t like about their relationship. 1) (view spoiler)Cliché, cliché, cliché. 2) The “YOU ARE MINE” parts. I mean, Feyre left Tamlin because he was possesive and controlling, but all those “you are mine” are not exactly different, right? I don’t like that kind of love. It should not be about belonging to someone, it should be about belonging together.

    I also love Cassian and Azriel. Everything that happened at the end with them made me a sobbing mess! I just hope Cassian recovers (view spoiler), because if not, I’ll just go to a corner and cry forever.

    Now let’s talk about Feyre. Sometimes she infuriated me because of all the comparisons she made and because she was always complaining about Tamlin not trying to understand her, but she didn’t really try to understand him, either. Sometimes she was really unfair with him (view spoiler). AND NO, I don’t want them back together (NEVER), it’s just that she made me really mad sometimes. But in contrast, I think she really grew as a character in this book, she blew me away! The scene with the water wolves was AMAZING. Also (view spoiler) …I couldn’t stand it, it was painful to read. But back to Feyre, I like the directon her character is going.

    I can’t wait to read the next installment! I know Tamlin doesn’t have a chance of forgiveness (I myself can’t ever forgive him), but I’d like to see redemption in Lucien, he’s a character with great potential and in this book he was just too weak.

    The world building was great, a total A+! I’m still a little confused about the whole Jurian ordeal, but I hope he gets killed soon :). All in all, this book was GREAT, I think that maybe it was better than the first one, and that’s saying a lot, because I loved ACOTAR. But since I had way too much issues with it, I could not give it 5 stars. I don’t know how Sarah does it… she makes me love her and hate her in every book she writes! But it’s more love than hate, I am SJM trash. She’s QUEEN.
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    Emily May

    Feb 17, 2016

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    review of another edition

    I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
    I was a survivor, and I was strong.

    Oh damn. That was so unexpectedly good. And to think I almost didn’t take a chance on this after not loving the first book…

    So, here it is: I present to you 7 reasons why this book is a million times better than A Court of Thorns and Roses.

    1) Less romance.

    Oh, don’t worry, there’s romance. There’s lusty, slow-build, flirtatious romance that somehow manages to be completely absent from the first book, even though ro

    I was not a pet, not a doll, not an animal.
    I was a survivor, and I was strong.

    Oh damn. That was so unexpectedly good. And to think I almost didn’t take a chance on this after not loving the first book…

    So, here it is: I present to you 7 reasons why this book is a million times better than A Court of Thorns and Roses.

    1) Less romance.

    Oh, don’t worry, there’s romance. There’s lusty, slow-build, flirtatious romance that somehow manages to be completely absent from the first book, even though romance was more central to the plot. But there’s also so many other things here. It’s a fantasy with romantic elements, not the other way around.

    I always say I tend to become more invested in love stories when they’re subplots and the book itself is not actually about the love story. I like it when the characters come together around and between all the rest of the action and drama. That’s what’s happening here. Because there is a whole shitstorm of other things going on – which, by the way, has led to better world-building, more exciting action and reveals, and a fascinating overarching story.

    2) Feyre’s growth and development.

    And, in fact, the growth and development of many characters. Maas spends some quality time on character histories and backstory to strengthen our understanding of them. I absolutely love it when characters show realistic growth over time and I think that’s especially important with Feyre here.

    Feyre is not the character she was during A Court of Thorns and Roses. How could she be after the events of that book? Naturally, she has changed and found that her needs and aspirations have changed too. Once upon a time, back when she was weak and starving, she longed for a strong protector like Tamlin. Now she is strong, and she needs freedom to train her newfound strengths.

    3) I hate Tamlin.

    Honestly, if you happen to be a diehard Tamlin fan, I can see this book being a huge disappointment. Luckily for me, I pretty much despised him. He’s never been anything but a pretty-faced control freak. I’m glad Feyre has seen that and rebelled against it.

    I should warn you that Tamlin is absent for about 70-80% of this book. And that was just fine by me!

    4) I love Rhysand.

    I foresee the “oh no, it’s a love triangle” comments rolling in, but I really don’t think it is. I actually think this is a great book about growing up and discovering that you’re a different person who longs for different things. I don’t get the sense that Maas is trying to play out the Tamlin/Feyre/Rhysand angst; she is merely showing a young woman having a change of heart.

    AND can we just talk about how much better Rhysand is. There’s all the superficial stuff like he’s exciting, flirty, dangerous and I love the story behind him. He’s more fun than Tamlin and I like fun. His banter is wonderful. But I’m also talking about a more important level. Rhysand is, despite being the “bad boy”, thoughtful and selfless. He doesn’t want to stifle Feyre’s strength and lock her away for her own protection – he wants her at his side, an equal, a partner in crime. And I love that so much. I like men who see value in strong women.

    5) Less sexual.

    I’m sorry, you horny readers, but I just need to put this out there: I really dislike Maas’ sex scenes. Maybe Tamlin had something to do with it but, in general, I think they’re overwritten and melodramatic. I also think she does a lot of “telling” you that it’s hot, instead of “showing” how it is, which is a common writing mistake, but is far worse when in a sex scene. It’s unconvincing.

    And by “overwritten”, I mean that she describes kissing as “branding”, thrusts as “breaking”, and sex moans as “prayers”. Literally none of those things are sexy. She gets the flirtations and banter right – that bit is hotter than the actual sex – but I start to cringe when the clothes come off.

    A brush of his tongue against the seam of my lips had me opening fully for him, and he swept in, claiming me, branding me.

    Also, is it really necessary for the male characters to “growl in approval” during sex? Not just once – and arguably one growl is one too many – but several times. I’m supposed to be fanning myself with desire and all I can think about is Roy Orbison’s Pretty Woman. Mercy. Rawr.

    6) New characters.

    A Court of Mist and Fury introduces many new characters, and the difference between this book and the first is that I found them all memorable, not just the main three characters. Maas has definitely not neglected her characterization and character detailing here. Everyone who comes in and out of the novel has an important purpose, is fleshed out with personality and history, and makes an impact.

    My favourite was Amren, but I also loved Cassian and Azriel. Our brief introductions to the Bone Carver and the Weaver were highlights too.

    7) The ending.

    Take note: this is how to ensure your reader needs to get their hands on the next book. It’s not a cliffhanger, but it is still EVIL. In the best possible way. I loved everything about it. It’s the kind of emotional high that leaves you somewhere between wide-eyed horror and smiling gleefully. How will I last a whole year?

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