In the sequel to her wildly popular “A Court of Thorns and Roses” Sarah J. Maas has crafted a dark romantic world filled with adventure. In “A Court of Mist and Shadow” we join our heroine Feyre as she struggles to fit into her new life. She is living in isolation with her lover, Tamlin. She has become a legend among her people but a prisoner in her own home as Tamlin has imposed an army of guards to protect Feyre from impending threats. Her only solace is the connection she shares with Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court in whose dark allure Feyre finds herself enthralled. Rhysand frees Feyre and take her on a dark and twisted adventure that will forever change all their futures.
Maas starts “A Court of Mist and Shadow” off at a run and never slows. This is novel that is fast paced and filled with amazing twist and turns that keep the reader guessing right up until the last the moment’s shocking final twist. This is a book that can classified as many things: fantasy, romance, or political thriller however to me this is a great adventure story. “A Court of Mist and Shadow” has the making of a classic adventure with its action sequences and doomed love. It is like an adventure novel of yore.
However, the truly shining wonder of Maas’s novel is the main character Feyre. Feyre is a strong willed female character that will not be shackled by the males in her life. She is sassy and strong minded; something that should always be welcomed in literature. Even as she goes through a dark depression that makes her lose her sense of self she is still the one that takes control of her destiny. Feyre decides to embark on a journey that will change her life. She is the one that goes into battle. She is the one that saves the day. She is the one that has control over her life, her destiny, and her sexuality which comes into play as she embarks on a dark romance.
The only downfall of this book is the publisher’s intended audience. This book is being marketed as YA book. It is cataloged in the Teen section at the public library. It is even published by Bloomsbury USA Children’s devision. All of this gives the impression that “A Court of Mist and Shadow” should be a child friendly romp…this impression is very wrong. This books is a blush worthy read. Feyre’s sexuality is described in detail. She has a love interest with who she has a physical relationship. The characters are not children and their language is definitely adult. The F-bomb makes several appearance in the pages of “A Court of Mist and Shadow”. Also, this book is just a wee bit violent. There is a war going on between the courts in fairy and this war has some bloody moments that are beautifully but graphically describes by Maas. All of this fit perfectly into the narrative however it is not necessarily the best choice for a young reader.
This is a beautifully crafted story that surpasses its predecessor which I would highly recommend.
Final Rating: 2 Unicorns