Read on to find out why the first installment of this YA retelling earned a three bookmark rating. Before I get into the review, full disclosure, at the time that I'm writing this review, I've already finished book two. The hype is true, book two is so much better than the first book, so just keep that in mind.
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Format: Kindle, Audio MP3
Pages: 626 | Audio Length: 22 hours 16 mins
Narrator: Jennifer Ikeda
Source: Kindle, Audible
Genre: Fantasy, YA, New Adult
Review Date: February 13, 2017
Rating: 5 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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.
As the story begins, it has been three months since 20-year old Feyre survived a challenge by Amarantha in order to save those she cared about. Following her death in book one, she was reborn as a High Fey and given immortality by the seven lords of the realms (Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall, Day, Dawn, Night). So of course Feyre is more powerful, and has abilities that she's never had before. She's no longer human and at the very least, this makes her equals with the Fey. She's making big transformations in this installer.
The world building was skillful and not overdone. I enjoyed that the story took us to other locations and we are starting to learn about the other courts as well as getting the back story behind Rhsy and his Night Court. I am seriously "fangirling" over Rhys. This rarely occurs when I'm reading a book. so of course I must point it out.
The secondary characters are on point. They all have their role and add value to the story. They make Feyre and Rhysand even more complex as characters. From Feyre's sisters, to Rhysand's royal court, they are all unique and have lots of depth. We don't see much of Tamlin in this installment, and I'm not mad about it. I kept waiting for him to show his face and when he finally does...let's just say I wasn't surprised by his behavior. Just as Rhysand is a different character in this book, Maas has also chosen to take Tamlin's character in a different direction than where he started in book one, which really changes the situation 180 degrees.
The narrator was just amazing. Jennifer Ikeda nailed it again. She always does a stunning job with both male and female characters. She adds value to the audiobook and brings it to life.
I devoured this book until it was gone. It was a long story and I enjoyed every moment. A Court of Mist and Fury had the cliffhanger of all cliffhangers. I was so stunned by the conclusion of this book, I re-read the final chapter a few times and re-listened to it a few times. I just wanted to jump into book three immediately.
Are you reading this series? If so, please share your thoughts on book two. If not, you should be reading this. Fans of paranormal romance and new adult titles, add this to you list!