June 26, 2018
“Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.” ― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Frost and Starlight
This review is so late, but I went through a massive slump with this blog so here we are again.
Back to reviews! I am spending the entire day working on posts and this is the first and it may not make any sense, but we’re going with it! Okay, so HI. I have a few opinions on this book and some are good, some are…not so good.
It’s no secret that I really enjoy the A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas. Book one was great, book two was SENSATIONAL, and book three, while it wasn’t what I expected, I liked it enough. When I found out Sarah was releasing more books in the series I was so excited and I still am for the future ones, but sadly A Court of Frost and Starlight didn’t really wow me as much as the other novels. The synopsis is as followed:
FROM GOODREADS: “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.”
Now, I understand it is a novella and is mostly character-driven so I didn’t expect any major action or epic moments, but besides the odd moment, I just found the story to be a bit flat. It takes place a bit after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin and I really didn’t see any development of the characters. Not really a surprise as it hasn’t been long since the war, but a lot of the characters that I was hoping would change just annoyed me so much.
“. I think my heart knew you were mine long before I ever realized it.”
― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Frost and Starlight
The writing was great as usual. Maas is a great writer with a lot of beautiful pieces intertwined with her novels, but I was lost a lot in the book. I didn’t really understand a lot of the motives from the characters, especially Feyre. I never really liked Feyre in any of the books, so I wasn’t that surprised to find that I didn’t care for her character in ACOFAS.
As for the other characters, such as Rhys, Amren, Cassian, Azriel, etc. I thought they were great and had interesting moments, but not much was going on so it was hard to really get into the story. From what I’ve heard the novella is a bit of a bridge for the other books, but to me it felt too much like a filler and a bit unnecessary. It had too many foreshadow moments for me. I just wanted answers and all I got was more questions.
There is a moment in the end with Nesta that was amazing and is a great foreshadow that I look forward to learning more about. However, that is really the only one that I found to be intriguing.
On the positive side of things, I really enjoyed some of the Feyre and Rhysand moments. They are a great couple that deserves all the happiness. I also really enjoyed Mor’s moments, but I think there could have been more to her story even in the short book. The highlight for me with this novella was the bond you see between Rhys, Cassian, and Azriel. I loved how much emphasis Maas put on that for this book. Those three have been my favourite since book two so it was really nice to see them happy and enjoying themselves.
There is just something missing from this book and I can’t seem to put my finger on it and it’s driving me a bit crazy.
I still think A Court of Mist and Fury is the best book of the series and some of Sarah’s best writing. Overall, I give this book 3/5 stars and I am not sure if I will be reading it again, but I get why you need to read it as it provides the mindsets of the characters after the war. Maybe I’m just used to epic Fae battles and snarky conversations which ACOFAS was lacking.
Have you read ACOFAS? What were your thoughts on it? Let me know!