This book is probably my most anticipated read this year because I am so in love with the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. If you have not read this series yet and you are a fan of fantasy then this is definitely the book you need to be picking up. In fact do yourself a favour and just buy the entire series because each book ends on a cliff-hanger and to wait on the next book is a form of torture.
If you haven’t read this series yet I am sorry to inform you that you need to turn back now. I am going to try my best to review this book without spoilers but I’m now three and a half books deep in this series and nearly every detail is a spoiler so turn back now and come back to this post once you’ve read the first three books. Trust me…you don’t want to ruin anything!
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a short story set during the Winter Solstice celebrations. As Feyre and Rhysand are head of the Night Court the Winter Solstice is an important holiday for them and their family. The plot follows all of our favourite characters including Cassian, Azriel, Morrigan, Amren and of course not forgetting Feyre’s sisters and Lucian. For it to only be a novella, Sarah J Maas makes sure to give her readers what they want and that’s a snippet of life in the Night Court with all of the characters.
When I first heard about this novella, I didn’t know what to expect because all of the books in this series are massive and contain so many twists and turns. I had serious hesitations that this book would start something that it couldn’t finish in 200 pages and in a way it did but I found this book a nice space-filler while we wait on the next installation. For me the plot was simple compared to the other books but allowed the other characters to expand their personalities and allow the readers to see more of them. I love Feyre and Rhysand but it was intriguing to revisit Feyre’s sisters and their romances, Mor’s secret and Amren’s new life. I feel this book set the scene for the fourth book and it was nice to see the characters’ lives with some aspect of normalcy with no wars, battle, deaths or threats. I can think of hundreds of books that end ‘happily ever after ‘and yet I always wonder how their lives play out after the door closes and everything goes back to normal. So thank you Sarah J Maas for giving me this little insight.
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a short book just over 200 pages and like all the books in this series I devoured it. The plot was quick, easy to follow and tied in nicely where the last book left of. I particularly liked this book because it gave a voice to the other characters with chapters written from Cassian’s perspective, Mor’s and even Rhysand’s which leaves me wondering if the fourth book will do the same. I still have lots of unanswered questions about characters and events so I cannot wait for the next book.
I think it goes without saying that I gave this book a 5 out of 5 stars on goodreads. I’ve read a lot of people weren’t happy with it for all sorts of reasons but I think this book needs to come with a bit of perspective. It is a novella which gives the reader a little bit of the plot while waiting on the next installation. It’s not supposed to have the next big plot in it but instead give a background story or a preview of what is to come. For me this book did exactly that and has added to my excitement for the next book in the series.