Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publisher Info / Release: Bloomsbury / May 1, 2018
Rating: 4 / 5 *’s
Synopsis: 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.
I was so excited when I heard about this novella coming out before the spin off series were to be released. Where A Court of Wings and Ruin left off, I felt like the ending wasn’t enough. There were questions and loose threads that bothered me, so I was thrilled to see if any of those would be answered in this book.
Okay, so jumping into the story! We luckily get more than Feyre’s point of view in this novella. Don’t get me wrong, it was still nice to see things from her eyes along with her thoughts but there were times in the series when her emotions was just too much, especially when it came to certain topics. There are two points of view that I particularly loved seeing from their aspects. One that Sarah had teased about was from Rhys and his inner thoughts were really great.
Now there isn’t much conflict since it’s only 229 pages, however, you get to watch as the group works through some lingering issues from the war while preparing for winter solstice. As always, the world building for this holiday is amazing with all the small details details that Velaris citizens were doing. The buildup to the ending was fantastic as well.
If you don’t want to be spoiled for the book, please skip this part. It’s the biggest con I had for the novella. I’ll leave it indented, so go past until you get back to regular text.
One thing that really bothered me is how villainous Tamlin is still being portrayed as. I won’t go into too much detail but I don’t think the taunting he has gotten in the prior book and this one was deserved. I love Rhys and Feyre together but if it weren’t for Tamlin, they wouldn’t have any of their happiness that they have now. I’m sure there are a lot of people who would disagree with me. Yes, what he did was unforgiveable because he was overprotective over Feyre and hard difficulty showing it. Honestly, I could probably go on and on about it, but I’ll spare you guys that . I think it’s past the point of punishing him for it. However, it still continues. If anyone would like to discuss this, just leave me a comment!
Overall, I really enjoyed ACOFAS. Some things were tied up very well but there are still a few things that I need more answers for. And the sneak peek to the upcoming book in this world has me so extremely excited for the new chapter without Feyre being in the spotlight. Even if it’s mostly because of one certain point of view that we get to see. I’m even more thrilled because if features one of my most favorite characters that Sarah has ever written.
This was a great quick read that makes me yearn for a group gathering with my closest friends.