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

“To the stars who listen, Feyre.
To the dreams that are answered, Rhys.” 

Sarah J. Mass, A Court of Frost and Stars

Synopsis

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

As most of you are aware, Jenn, Caitlynn and I are all rereading the Throne of Glass series.

Since we started rereading the series, I read ahead and actually completed the Throne of Glass series like three weeks ago. Not being able to let go of Sarah J. Maas’s worlds immediately, I decided to reread the Court of Thorns and Roses series.

However, I hadn’t read the novella A Court of Frost and Starlight, so I picked it up immediately after reading A Court of Wings and Fury (which was actually much better on the second read), and honestly, I was a little disappointed.

Maas is an interesting writer in that she’s focused so heavily on her character development that many of her characters in the ACOTAR series feel very similar. I can look past this.

The issue I had with A Court of Frost and Starlight is that it really wasn’t a story. Novella’s are meant to be short stories that continue on the story, but they still are expected to have story arcs, which A Court of Frost and Starlight didn’t have. It all just kind of read like a play-by-play of their lives after the war.

Based on the reviews on Goodreads (3.9 out of 5 stars), people clearly still appreciate this book and I assume thats simply because they get to read more about their favorite couples. Honestly though, it was just kind of boring.

Feyre’s big problem (I think?) is that Nesta may not come to solstice. Elain is supposed to be closed off and depressed, but like also totally excited to celebrate solstice? Cassian, Azriel and Mor aren’t really experiencing anything new as they all clearly still hate themselves.

And Amren is in love?

I don’t know. The story read like decently written fan fiction , but really offered no substance or addition to the story. It was the first time I’ve read a story by Maas and felt like the information wasn’t necessary.

Like she was asked to create another story in the series so her publisher could stir up more interest in the series.

I gave it a 2.5 out of 3 stars. In terms of novellas, this one just didn’t do it for me.


Have you read A Court of Frost and Starlight? What did you think?

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