Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5
Published by Bloomsbury on 2018-05-01
Length: 261 pages
Reviewing Hardcover, Kindle from My Book Shelf
Reading Challenges: 2021 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge, COYER 2021
Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions 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.
I don’t know why, but I put off reading this book for so long. If I had to guess, it was because I liked the ending of A Court of Wings and Ruin, and I wasn’t ready to revisit the characters. Well, my heart wasn’t ready to revisit them. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas is a novella that bridges the series between the original trilogy and the coming standalone novels.
Novella is a generous word considering this is an almost 300 page book. In truth, I would even go as far as saying it is a holiday novella as it is set during the solstice celebration that is very similar to our Christmas holiday.
Unlike the other books in the series, this one is told from alternating points of view. We get a taste of nearly all the characters: Feyre, Rhys, Cassian, Nesta, and Mor. With the war over, each character is now faced with how to move on with their lives and find their new normal.
Feyre has already begun this process. She struggled to accept her new Fae body months earlier after her ordeal Under the Mountain. Of all the characters, she has the easiest road ahead. Yes, she is still haunted by nightmares, but it is how she handles those nightmares and begins to live again that this book focuses on. I always liked Feyre, but I love her here. She gets a little of her old life back and makes peace with her new one.
Overall, A Court of Frost and Starlight is for the fans. It is purely a fluff read. Think of it as a super-sized epilogue to the original trilogy. It does a fantastic job of setting up the next book which will focus on Nesta and Cassian, while also paying tribute to the original couple. I think I fell more in love with Feyre and Rhys here, which I didn’t think possible. If you are a fan of the series, I highly recommend it.
I haven’t started the original series yet, but I do know the wary feeling of going into a spinoff and hoping it stays just as strong as the original series. Glad it was a great bridge to the new series for you.
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