A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas
Published May 1nd 2018 by Bloomsbury
RRP AUD $16.99
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.
When I first saw that this was coming out I thought it was a full-sized book and I was super excited for the story to continue, but I found out it was a much smaller novella to kind of bridge events in the series. I was a little bit sad that it wasn’t a proper book, but then again Sarah did recently have a baby so it’s understandable that she would’ve needed more time to work on her books.
While I thought this was a cute little filler, I didn’t enjoy it as much and didn’t think it wasn’t as good as the other books in the series in terms of actual plot and events happening. The artwork on the cover is so pretty and the story is focused around the Christmas season, so I would’ve thought it would have made more sense to release this around Christmas and not in the middle of the year?? I probably would’ve enjoyed it more if it’d been released then but that’s just my opinion.
Not a lot happened in this book, it was mostly the inner circle interacting (which I enjoyed, don’t get me wrong!) and spending the holiday season together. There were a few little progressions in the larger plot that runs through the series, but if someone didn’t want to read this book I don’t think it would make much difference in understanding future stories to come. One thing that really got annoying was the increase in the amount of unnecessary sex scenes, I mean there’s only so much a person can take!! While I love Feyre and Rhysand as much as the next person, I feel like we’re done with their story. I’m ready and excited to move onto stories featuring other characters, especially Cassian and Mor.
As for characters, I loved how we got Cassian POV. I did not love the progression of Nesta’s character. She’s struggling to cope with all the changes in her life and that’s completely understandable, however, I strongly dislike the way Nesta constantly treats Cassian (and others!!) like dirt when he and everyone else are only trying to help her. I understand that she’s going through a lot due to all the changes and is struggling with mental health problems, but surely there’s better ways of dealing with them than causing destruction to those around you. I’m hoping her ways of coping will become healthier in future books and that she can better heal as a character.
Overall, the novella was a cute fluffy piece, but by no means a proper instalment in the series in my eyes. Most of the time it felt like something you’d read in a fanfiction, but yeah. I would say to read it if you’re a fan of the ACOTAR world and love seeing the characters interact, but I wouldn’t say it’s a necessary piece in the series and you can also skip it if fillers aren’t really your thing.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series.Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.