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 a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this wondrous tale of hope and promise picks up after A Court of Wings and Ruin and sets the stage for the thrilling events in the future books.
I have to start this review by saying that this book has been given negative reviews all over the place. This makes me sad because I loved this book for many of the reasons that others have disliked it. That being said, I really liked this book. It’s a novella that sets the stage from the end of the war to wherever it is that Sarah J. Maas is going to take this series next. This book is just over two hundred pages compared to the previous books that are all five hundred or more pages, so this review probably won’t be as long as the ones for the previous books.
The first thing I want to say is more about the series as a whole, but I noticed it in this book. A Court of Frost and Starlight starts about two years after Feyre makes her debut into the world of the Fae. I really like the pace or timeline of these books. Too many series have all this insanity happening in a month or six months and it’s just not reasonable. These books have all of the events happening in a reasonable timeline. Feyre waits MONTHS letting herself heal and become a person again before she even lets herself think about maybe having feelings for Rhysand. I’m probably ranting now, but this is something that I feel doesn’t get enough attention and Sarah J. Maas did it right.
The next thing I’d like to mention is the way this story is told. ACOFAS alternates between a few different members of the squad. We heard from Feyre and Rhys and Cassian and even Nesta and I like that. I like getting to see into the heads of each of these characters, it was an interesting change.
While many said this book had no plot or conflict, I disagree. I think they were disappointed because all of the other books in this series had some HUGE things going on like war and saving the world and everything was pretty much life or death and that’s just not the case in this shorter story. I think there are many different smaller conflicts. For example, Nesta has moved out and into her own house and makes no effort to see the family or be a part of anything except drinking in shady bars and sleeping with random men. We see a chapter from her point of view and it’s essentially her talking about how she feels absolutely nothing. Each character is going through their own personal conflict just trying to heal after the things they all went through during the last three books. So no, there was no urgent ‘the world is going to end’ conflict, instead we got a view into the more everyday or normal side of the squad’s lives, which I really liked. This book is something I’ve always wanted, while it might not be super exciting it’s amazing because I got to just sit and hang out with some characters that I just really love and that’s not something us readers get very often.
Overall this book was intended as a filler book or a transition novel to get us readers from the ending of A Court of Wings and Ruin to whatever the next book in the series is going to be. (We got a sneak peek at the end of ACOFAS. I’m super excited about it because it focuses on two different characters from the squad and I’m intrigued to see where Maas takes us next.) So, maybe you want to read this, maybe you don’t. I’m not sure that it’s necessary to any of the storylines that exist now or will be created in the future. But, if you’ve read the first three books and you love these characters as much as I do and you want to just hang out with them for two hundred or so pages then you should definitely read this.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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