I debated reading this before starting A Court of Silver Flames. I’m not a huge fan of novellas in general, and wasn’t sure this one contained any vital information before I started reading Nesta and Cassian’s story. Turns out… I was kind of right.
This is a relatively short review since it’s for a novella.
Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Release date: May 1, 2018
Genre: New adult, fantasy, romance
Length: 272 pages (hardcover)
Synopsis: (via Goodreads) “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 can see why some people were disappointed with this book. Not much happens, to be honest. I think we’re so used to a lot of action with so few quiet moments. But this book is the opposite. The Court is finally settling down, in a sense, after an excruciatingly painful time, to celebrate the Solstice and Feyre’s birthday. We see a bit more of their daily lives, what they would be doing if they weren’t off fighting a war. I liked the interactions between Feyre and her sisters, Elain and Nesta. It’s obvious they are both working through their forced change from human to Fae and are taking it in very different ways.
I liked how we got quiet moments between Feyre and Rhys (yes, okay, smut scenes!) and that they were able to just take their time and not feel rushed to do anything or be anywhere. I liked how we simply got to see everyone not fighting, or plotting (sort of), but simply existing.
Those moments between Elain and Azriel. Oh boy, I really wonder how SJM will handle all that if (when?) she writes Elian’s story. I just want to hold Elain and Azriel close because they’re so precious and quiet. 🥺
The only thing I didn’t really care for her are all the POVs—Feyre and Rhysand I expected, but Cassian, Nesta, Mor, I wasn’t sure I quite saw the point. I wonder what from this book will carry on to the next.
Also, for funsies, I think there was one reference to “velvet steel” and three uses of the phrase “vulgar gesture.” Key SJM terms if I ever saw one. I hope ACOSF has less because I don’t know if I can deal with the same way SJM uses them.