Author: Sarah J. Maas
Read: May, 2016
So, first off – this is waaaaaaaaaaaay better than the first book. Not that I disliked A Court of Thorns and Roses, but it just didn’t feel as developed as Maas’ other series in terms of overall plot/world building. ACOMAF fixes this issue wonderfully.
Character development (or regression in some cases) is also on point. I love how Maas explores how Feyre has changed as a result of her traumatic experiences in book one, and how this in turn impacts her relationships with other characters. I can’t really say much else here without entering spoiler territory, but Tamlin fans from book one might not be too pleased at the direction the book takes.
Another aspect of this book I adored was the introduction of more secondary characters as we get to explore other courts – they were all very distinct and Maas takes care with each back story, making sure that all of them are well developed and unique. This ties in with the greater sense of scale that begins to unfold in this instalment. Feyre’s world in ACOTAR felt rather constricted and the whole fairy court system that operated was never really elaborated upon sufficiently enough for my liking, but the plot of ACOMAF allows for Maas to explore an increased range of places, with especial focus on the mysterious Night Court.
Overall, I love the direction this book is taking the series. Whilst I liked ACOTAR, it was kind of meh compared Maas’ other books and I didn’t have nearly as high expectations for ACOMAF as I normally do for her Throne of Glass books. It’s nice to be surprised however, and ACOMAF has certainly elevated my opinion of this book series. I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes next.
“There are good days and hard days for me—even now. Don’t let the hard days win.”
If you like this, try:
Sarah J. Maas’ other series, Throne of Glass.