A FANTASTIC SEQUEL TO FOLLOW A FANTASTIC START TO THE SERIES!
When I finished A Court of Thorns and Roses and before starting A Court of Mist and Fury, I remember being so in love and in awe with the story in ACOTAR, that I asked myself…how the sequel would be able to compare. ACOTAR was just so good, that I didn’t think it possible for Sarah J. Maas to just…pull that off again.
But, oh was I wrong….Because not only did she pull it off again, but ACOMAF is even better than its predecessor!
I feel very guilty for saying that, because ACOTAR is now one of my very favourite books, but ACOMAF is just bigger and better. I am not sure whether (for me) ACOTAR and ACOMAF are comparable though. The first book, I personally see as a dark fairytale. I saw it as containing many of the “grimmer” aspects of the original Grimm fairytales (pun intended).
A Court of Mist and Fury on the other hand, while also maintaining that kind of overtone, also expands the fantastical world in which both books are set, and also contains more action, as well as more events and movement from place to place. And I would therefore almost place it within another category as ACOTAR, and would therefore not compare them.
I LOVED BOTH BOOKS EQUALLY, FOR DIFFERENT REASONS.
As I mentioned above, the second book in the series greatly expands the world of A Court of Thorns and Roses, satisfying our need to know more about this place which Maas has taken us to. And the world building in this book is just spectacular. Maas has a way of describing settings, while you are unaware of it happening. It is seamless perfection.
The character development is also very good. While normally, in books narrated in the first person, readers are only shown the development of the character who is narrating, in ACOMAF, even though Feyre is narrating, readers are exposed to the character development of each and every permanent character.
Maas’ storytelling, which a little bit different in this book than the previous (in my opinion, due to the books being slightly different in the way I have discussed above), is still rich and entrancing. I found myself reading this book past my “bedtime,” on multiple nights, and I loved that I thankfully could not read the whole book in one sitting.
The length of the book is just right (although I wouldn’t have minded it being double that size, out of pure greed), and I did like that it is longer than the first book. ACOMAF was long enough that I was unable to read it all in one binge session and then regret it.
I really took my time with this book—despite the many missed bedtimes—really savoring it. But it had to all end eventually, and rather than leaving me satisfied, it just left me craving more! The next book comes out in May of 2017, which feels like a very long way off, but Maas has made many of us happy by announcing that she will publish 3 more books in the ACOTAR series after the trilogy wraps up next May.
OVERALL, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK FOR LOVERS OF FANTASY, ADVENTURE, ACTION, AND ROMANCE!