A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas was huge step up from A Court of Thorns and Roses, first in series. I’m not going to nitpick at all that I loved so much more about this installment than the first because I was very detailed in my review of A Court of Thorns and Roses, but A Court of Mist and Fury was the perfect improvement on details, character development, and further world building for a sequel.
In hindsight, I think the major issue I had with the series main character was her maturity level, which I can now see that she didn’t have a chance to experience a lot that would help flesh out the immature responses and desires while she providing for her family and trying to survive. To be honest it wasn’t until Maas provided the striking comparison between the Feyre we knew before Under the Mountain and the one who came out new and improved yet baring seeming unhealable scars. Feyre might not have experienced a lot to prepare her for the ups and downs she would encounter in the lands of Prythian, but a growth in her maturity was sorely needed and oddly Rhysand was the perfect villain/hero to help her become the best version of herself she could be.
Speaking of Rhysand, there happened to be some drastic changes to his archenemy’s character as well throughout A Court of Mist and Fury. The transition of Tamlin’s character wasn’t all that shocking. I always thought something was missing about his character in A Court of Thorns and Roses, especially when it came to his relationship with Feyre. Maybe I’m jaded or am always a lover of the underdog and misunderstood, and while Tamlin fits into both characteristics he chose to be both because he didn’t choose to fight against the being(s) who oppressed him, which left his land and people to suffer. To be honest I felt that Lucien and Feyre had more of a connection because of the give and take between them, but as you’ll find out by the end of A Court of Mist and Fury neither Tamlin or Lucien were what Feyre needed to become the freaking awesome person that she learns herself to be.
The world building of all things Prythian was superb in A Court of Thorns and Roses, but the further expansion of the world with which Maas created for A Court of Mist and Fury was amazing, and seriously one of my favorite. Entering into the Court of Nightmares, Velaris, the Autumn Court, and Hybren was like a description orgasm lol, I could see place Feyre, Rhysand, and co. went to so clearly in my minds eye that at no point did I feel overwhelmed or irritated by how in-depth Maas went to paint each scene.
Just off this series alone I now need to read Maas’ Throne of Glass series, there’s no way around it now. Seriously though, the ending of A Court of Mist and Fury has me so hype for A Court of Wings and Ruin!