Maas, Sarah J. A Court of Mist and Fury. New York: Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2016. ISBN-13: 978-1-61963-446-6. Hardcover List Price: $18.99. Paperback List Price: $10.99.
When I first started A Court of Thorns and Roses, I was told by book club friends that even if I didn’t like that one, I should still pick up this one. And despite the rough start the first time I tried to read it, I now see why.
This book is even better than the first one. While Feyre is a bit of a “crappy heroine” in the beginning, I feel like she grew on me a lot more this time around. While in the first one, some of her decisions were dumb, I felt she had grown a lot more this time, and by the end, I believe she is up for what she had planned.
But the real star of the show is Rhysand. While I griped in a previous review about other popular YA series baiting readers with a love triangle, which readers knew was going to be resolved exactly the way you expect, making shipping pointless, (*coughTwilightcough*) Maas adds a twist with Rhysand and Feyre’s developing relationship, and highlighting Tamlin’s dark side until the point of his ultimate betrayal. As for Rhysand himself, I did not expect to love him as much as I did. There are these little moments of humor that endeared me to him, but it was hearing about his past that made me feel for him.
I am also pleased that we are seeing more of Nesta and Elain, with hints of romance with Fae men for both of them. I can’t wait to find out how things will be resolved for both of them, especially considering Elain’s Fae-hating fiancee.