Last week I wrote about how I was less than impressed with Sarah J Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses. This past weekend I decided to give book 2 a try, and I’m glad I did. A Court of Mist and Fury had the original storylines that book 1 was lacking, and I found myself drawn deeper into them.
As soon as I started reading A Court of Mist and Fury, I had no sense that I had read this book before. I found the events interesting and refreshing, and completely original. Predictable, because I found the author very obvious with her foreshadowing, but still original. And I was thoroughly impressed by the ending. She threw in a spin that I truly had no idea was coming, and it completely threw me. After I finished this book, I actually had dreams that night about what might happen to the characters afterward. It was pretty exciting.
Since this post is going up late, I’ve also already finished book 3, A Court of Wings and Ruin. I’m not going to devote an entire post to it, because it would say mostly the same things. I found the storyline original and interesting, although I think the ending was a bit rushed. With only a few chapters left, the characters were scattered and involved in their own plots. Using a few cheap literary tricks, the author very quickly brings them all together again and sums everything up with a handful of descriptive lines. I think the ending could have been drawn out more, to fully explain the stories of those that got passed over, but it would have either made the book much longer or required a fourth book to wrap everything up. Either way, I did end up enjoying the series a lot more than I expected to after I was so disappointed in the first book.
Now I have a dilemma. The trilogy is finished. Everyone lives happily ever after, and I feel free to move on to something new. However, there’s another book coming out in May. It’s listed as a companion piece, but there’s always the chance that it’s going to spin off into a series of its own. The problem is, I don’t typically start a series before all the books have been published. It drives me nuts having to wait to read the next one. I much prefer to rent them all at the same time, and consume them one after the other. I just need to make up my mind if I’m going to read this new one or not.