Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1
Published by Bloomsbury YA on May 1, 2008
Genres: Young Adult
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.
New in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Frost and Starlight is a glimpse into the lives of Feyre and Rhys as they begin to recover from the war that changed their world.
Feyre, Rhysand, 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.
I remember when A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas first released. I was hesitant to read its story because of the many mixed reviews I found on Goodreads, plus, I wasn’t too thrilled with how everything ended in A Court of Wings and Ruin. Surprisingly, it was within the last month that I felt it was the right time to continue this series before I fell behind.
It felt good to get back into the lives of Feyre, Rhys, Cassian, and Az. I was even excited to read more about Amren. I loved that we were able to get a glimpse into the aftermath of such a huge battle, learn about how the people were coping and how the alliance/treaty was holding up.
I will say that A Court of Frost and Starlight was full of a lot of filler moments. I understood the need to share about the unrest in the Illyrian camps, the creepy alliance between Mor’s dad and Eris, and the depressive hole that Tamlin found himself in, but this all could’ve been revealed in short snippets building up to the next big release. Giving an entire book to this fluff piece felt like a waste of pages and promotion. But, the cover is cute and it does look amazing on my shelf along with the rest of the books in the series.
I hate to say this but I feel that I need to be transparent with my experience with A Court of Frost and Starlight. I haven’t been this bored and tortured by a Maas book since I first read A Court of Thorns and Roses way back when. I would actually place A Court of Frost and Starlight ahead of A Court of Thorns and Roses as the worst of the series, and I really disliked A Court of Thorns and Roses when I first read it.
I don’t know if Maas was trying to appease her readers by providing a snippet into the next book at the back of the hardback, but I have to say that I couldn’t make myself read it. With the bad taste of A Court of Frost and Starlight still in my mouth I didn’t want to taint anything new that could be revealed in the sneak peek. I will say that if the next in this series is mostly about Elain and/or Nesta I will probably wait to buy it, I might check it out from the library, or choose to listen to it on audio if I feel that I won’t be able to stomach their stories.