Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release date: May 1st, 2018
Genre: teen, new adult, fantasy
Page Count: 272
Goodreads 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.
My thoughts: I just love this world SJM created. It is so beautiful and mesmerizing and honestly, I may be a little biased, but I will literally read anything she writes about this world and these characters. They are all so so good.
First of all, this is a companion novella (also why it is significantly shorter than the first three books of the ACOTAR series) which means that it is being used to bridge the first three novels of the series to the next series of books she writes in this ‘verse. Its almost like a recap of where we left off, what’s happening now, and where the story is heading to. So don’t except to have high action packed scenes in this book like the others have had. You just won’t find them here. Instead, this takes place over the holiday season of the winter solistice. It catches us up with our favorite characters and gives us an update on what’s been happening since the war with Hybern has ended.
This reads much different than the first three in the series. As I said before, its not as fast-paced or jammed packed with action. Its basically a low key holiday season with Feyre, Rhys and friends. Second of all, every chapter is told from a different character’s point of view, which I really liked. You get chapters, of course, from our favorite couple, Feyre and Rhys, but you also get chapters from the point of view of Cassian, Azriel, and Mor. I personally love these three characters and think they are all hilarious, complex, and just brillantly developed characters so I loved that we got to see more of them. I was disappointed that we didn’t get chapters from Elaine, Nesta, and Armen. We did get a tiny blurp from Nesta during one of the Cassian chapters but I really wanted more. I really hope she keeps this format up with the next books because I would love to see chapters from these three especially.
The only negative thing I can honestly say was that it wasn’t long enough! With being used to reading massive books of 600 pages plus in this series, this definitely left me wanting more (in a good way though!) If you love this world as much as I do, then this was a perfect little snack before SJM gives us the next full length novel in this series. I for one cannot wait until she announces when that will be!
If you haven’t read the ACOTAR series, I highly recommend you do. It is such a beautiful story and beautiful world and SJM’s writing just tickles my pickle! She is just fantastic!