Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Publication date: May 1st, 2018
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.
Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
“Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.”
Okay, I don’t know if this is going to be a rant review or not (probably not since I gave this book two stars), but I’m positive I have to say a few things about it, so grab a cup of coffee or tea or a snack, because I feel it’s going to be a pretty long review.
Well, what can I say? I was equals parts excited and hesitant to pick up this novel, because I loved A Court Of Mist And Fury and enjoyed the last installment of the original trilogy, so this novella was one of my most anticipated releases of this year. And my first thought was that it was pretty long for a novella. Spoiler alert: it definitely was.
The story itself wasn’t bad, but I feel it was too long and unnecessary, and you could tell that it was definitely a filler book. It didn’t add anything to me, it had no plot basically whatsoever, and I feel it didn’t do what it promised it would do: to be a bridge between the original A Court Of Thorns And Roses trilogy and the spin-off.
“I love you,” he breathed. “More than life, more than my territory, more than my crown.”
The thing is, despite being labelled as a bridge, I still think it was too focused on Feyre and Rhysand’s love story and their sex life. They were the main focus on this novella as well, and it was a bit disappointing. Don’t get me wrong, I love them yada, yada, yada, but I think that this novella could have been completely different and have told us more than what it did.
Something that bugged me as I kept reading the book was that Feyre and Rhysand’s POV were written in first person, whereas Cassian’s, Mor’s and Nesta’s were told in third person, which was super weird. I mean, either write them all in first or third person, but how it was done was so odd. And once I noticed that I kept thinking about it until I finished the story.
Something I enjoyed was Feyre drawing again. It was nice to read about, and I was happy to see that she started trying to paint after everything she went through.
Overall, it was quite obvious that this story was a filler. I think it could have been so much better, and though we got to see a bit more about the side characters of the original story, I still think it was kind of unnecessary and I would have liked to read more about the path the new trilogy would take instead of Feyre and Rhysand’s sex life.
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