“Welcome to the Night Court,” was all Rhys said.’
Warning: Contains some minor spoilers (sorry, I couldn’t help it!).
It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of Sarah J. Maas’ books, but the jist of my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses over a year ago was that it was OK, but would never live up to the Throne of Glass series. Well, things just got complicated…I loved A Court of Mist and Fury so much, that I think it may have overtaken my love for the Throne of Glass series…maybe.
ACOMAF picks up three months after Feyre rescues Tamlin and his Court from Amarantha’s grip, and the two are planning to marry. However, things aren’t all rosy, as both are struggling with the trauma inflicted on them by the events that happened Under The Mountain, and Tamlin’s overprotectiveness of Feyre is causing tension between them. Not to mention Rhysand is insistent upon them keeping his bargain to have Feyre stay at the feared Night Court for a week every month…
I liked the characters in A Court of Thorns and Roses; Feyre was an instantly likeable and suitably kickass heroine, Tamlin was a good, if a little dull romantic interest and Rhysand made for an intriguing foil to the inherently good Tamlin. However, in ACOMAF I went from liking the characters to literally loving some of them, and absolutely hating others, which for me is always the sign of a good book.
I felt Feyre truly came into her own in this second book, and finally did what she wanted, as opposed to what her family wanted or what her love interest wanted, and I found myself rooting for her all the way. And when I said I was interested in getting more backstory about Rhysand in the last book, I was certainly given what I wanted in ACOMAF! It was like Rhysand Central and I really loved getting to find out more about his character and about the mysterious Night Court.
I also liked the development from the first book in this series to the second. Pretty much everything changes, and whilst I think some people may hate that seen as they were invested in the events of the first book, I personally really liked it and found the transitions really worked and seemed realistic to me. Its part of life that people seem one way when you first meet them, but as time goes on you start to see their true colours, and there was a lot of that reflected in this book, whereas YA often has everything just be rosy and stay rosy.
There was also lots of new characters which I absolutely loved, particularly the members of the Night Court Morrigan, Cassian, Azriel and Amren. They were all unique and equally interesting, and I liked the way Feyre slotted into their group, and how much depths they all had.
Morrigan for example simply comes off as a bubbly, fun-loving character at first, but as you go on you come to see that she has suffered a lot and is in actual fact a very powerful person, and I liked her backstory with Cassian and Azriel. Amren was also a very interesting character, and I really want to know more about her in the next book (starting off with where she’s from and what the hell she actually is!).
The plot was pretty fast moving throughout most of it, and the set up of the new villain Hybern and the coming war was skilfully done, so that I’m really anticipating the next book already so I can see how things progress. There was also some really great and quite frightening creatures in this book that Feyre has to face, such as the Weaver, and they certainly kept the stakes high and the story moving.
So as I think you can gather, I absolutely LOVED this book! To the point where it’s edging up to Throne of Glass in terms of my bookish love for it, and I’m not sure I’ve ever had that before where I’ve had such a huge turnaround with a series from one book to another.
I think the main appeal of it to me was the incredible cast of characters and their relationships with each other, as I feel you really got to care about all the members of the Night Court, even ones you initially thought you would hate (such as the incredibly creepy Amren). The ending also left on a very interesting note, so I’m really curious to see where the series goes next. It just sucks that I know have to wait ages for the next book (although I’m sure Empire of Storms coming out in September will comfort me somewhat!)!