A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOTAR #3.5) by Sarah J. Maas Book Review

Sunday, 7 March 2021


Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 229
Publication date: 1st May 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Genre: fiction, fantasy

About the book
Hope warms the coldest night.

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.

Review
The ACOTAR series has fast become one of my all-time favourite series and if you've read my reviews on the first three full instalments, then you'll know that I absolutely loved each and every one, so when it came to picking up this 229 page novella, I really didn't know what to expect. This is a ~ c h o n k y ~ series and very action packed from the get go, and it left me wondering what, exactly, was Maas going to do with these characters with such a little book.

This is where this book was both a breathe of fresh air and a bit of a (and I HATE to say this) let down for me. I know, I know, but hear me out.

Nothing really happened in this book expect the lead up - and day of - Winter Solstice, which also happens to be Feyre's birthday. There's no major action scenes, there's no huge plot developments (well, there is the beginning of one but there's no spoilers here). This book is the most 'normal' we've seen these characters and I was kinda hoping that this little novella would end on a huge cliff hanger that would set up ACOSF, but we didn't get that, so that's where the disappointment lies for me. However, I feel like we just got to be with the characters in this book and I absolutely loved that. I loved that we got to spend just a little time with them when they're normal and happy and going about their daily lives. There were some really cute and domestic Feysand scenes and one of the highlights of this series for me, is the scenes with the Inner Circle, and the fact that this book has them all together again makes me so, so happy.

A Court of Wings and Ruin was so heavily action packed and so full-on, and so it was nice to just see these characters, that I've come to love so, so much, just be happy.

This book is more of a 3.5 star rating for me, but you can bet that I did not hesitate to round it up to 4 stars, because, despite there being no huge cliff-hanger that I was hoping for, it was a hug in a book and I got so spend a little bit more time with my favourite characters.

Verdict: ★★★★

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