Thursday, May 17, 2018

Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight 
Author: Sarah J. Maas 
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1 
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA  
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Format: Hardback

Page Count: 272


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. (taken from

"Deep inside me, rising with every swirling flake, a sparkling, crisp power stirred. 
I was High Lady of the Night Court. "  

Basically, this review is going to contain two central themes that define how I feel about this book:

1) I ardently adore the characters in this series and will read anything set in this world.

2) This book was not totally necessary or relevant.

So, having read that, you probably understand my main thoughts on A Court of Frost and Starlight, but if you'd like to find out more, by all means keep reading.

This book is told in alternating points of view between pretty much all of the big characters. What's strange is that only Rhysand and Feyre have first-person POV chapters while everyone else is in third-person. Not sure why Maas made that creative decision, but I did find it a little odd. However, I like getting to know all of my babies better. Yes, they are my babies, don't fight me on this.

Winter solstice is approaching, and let's be honest: it's really just a Christmas story. This is a novel about buying gifts, celebrating the holiday with decorations, and being thankful. Cute, but definitely a play on a mini-Christmas story like those specials you see on TV.

The characters are what make this book worth reading. Want to read about how Azriel and Cassian celebrate the holiday? Dying to know what step comes next in Rhysand and Feyre's relationship? How's Amren faring, you ask? Then give it a shot, but don't expect it to hold the drama and excellent storytelling that were present in A Court of Wings and Ruin. This book is a small peek into the "after," nothing more.

So, overall, I love it, but I also kind of feel like this book was a bit random. There was really no plot, and with it being so short, it feels like a tiny taste of Maas' true glory. Read it if you're a fan of the series but don't expect too much plot development or anything. 

My love for these characters is undying.