Thoughts on ACOMAF

I pre-ordered this book from Amazon. This is an honest and spoiler-free review not to be read if you haven’t read the first book, A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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Released: May 3, 2016
Pages: 624 pages (hardcover)
Theme(s): Independence, romance, equality, freedom, choice, destiny, war
Genre(s): New Adult / Fantasy
Age Group: 16+

★★

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.

My Thoughts

A Court of Mist and Fury is a monster of book. So much happens that it took me several days to finish it, and by the end I could only read about 50 pages in each sitting. I also could not help but spoil myself by reading ahead at a certain point in the book, which allowed me to take even more time getting to the end. Which, by the way, I do not regret. If I hadn’t skipped ahead, the ending would have killed me even more. Also, knowing the end allowed me to enjoy a slower pace and digest the story better.

Picking up where ACOTAR left off with Feyre adjusting to her new life as a High Fae dealing with the consequences of having been forced to kill two innocent fae in order to save Tamlin and the rest of Parthian. Feyre is a broken mess of a person wrecked by guilt. Tamlin too is changed by the events Under the Mountain and left unable to comfort or understand what Feyre needs in order to heal.

Luckily Feyre has Rhysand to help put her back together after the bargain she made Under the Mountain that requires her to give him a week’s company every month in his territory, the mysterious Night Court.

In this book, we discover more about the history of Prythian and the events that led to Amarantha’s rise and fall in the first book. Although, one might think with Amarantha out of the picture all would be good and well; however, we quickly learn that the King of Hybern has been preparing his own strike on Prythian and to take down the wall that protects humans from the more ill-intentioned fae.

In addition to learning more about Prythian, we meet several new characters and creatures that help move the plot along. Rhysand turns out to have a very loyal Inner Circle of friends that are more like a family of mistfits, the potential allies of the ruling class of the Summer Court, and the troublesome mortal queens who reign over the human realm. But we also see the return of some familiar faces like Feyre’s sisters who turn out to have a bigger part to play in this book than anyone would have thought (including the characters themselves).

Overall, this book has a tremendous more action and romance than the first book and covers a lot of ground rather quickly. I think this book will most definitely satisfy the readers of the ACOTAR because it delivers on everything: worldbuilding, romance, action, you name it. I most definitely cannot wait now for the next book, which I don’t entirely know what to expect that could match this book in scope or depth!

In Conclusion…

If you plan on reading ACOMAF, know that it is a kind of massive undertaking as a book. It also might give you whiplash if you read it directly after reading ACOTAR because the characters end up becoming so different after the final events of the first book. I definitely recommend making sure you have enough time to read, digest, and recover from this book as it might give you a book hangover. Sarah J. Maas proves that she knows how to torture us and her characters, because ACOMAF ends on a horrendous cliff-hanger that promises some exciting things in the next (and final?) book of this series.

I think it is also important to note that more so than any other book of Sarah J. Maas’ that I have read (which is all, minus The Assassin’s Blade) this book has some very graphic, mature sex scenes sprinkled throughout the book. It kind of caught me off guard, seeing as there was none of that in the first book (that I recall).

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