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

Reviewed by Debz

This novella is set after the third book in Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Throne and Roses series and if you’ve read A Court of Wings and Ruin, you can jump right in. After the final battle against Hybren his armies and the three human queens, this books begins in the aftermath with Feyre, Rhysand and the crew picking up the pieces and rebuilding.

Especially after the attack on Vellaris, Rhysand and Feyre as the High Lord and Lady of the Night Court have their hands full, helping the people rebuild and restart their lives. They also have to make treaties with the other courts; and make sure none of the other Lords encroach on the human lands. All this to do, and it is almost time for the biggest celebration in the Night Court, Winter solstice.

The book is not just told from the POV of Feyre and Rhysand; there are chapters centered around the Morrigan, Cassian, Azriel, Elain and Nesta . All the painful memories and emotions about the horrors suffered during the battle are laid bare on the pages. Most prominent amongst them is guilt; guilt for the battle in Vellaris, a city which had previously been sheltered from the outside world for so long. Guilt for the number of Illyrian men who had to die to stop Hybren and mainly guilt that the lives of most children will never be the same.

There a little sprig of happiness and hope though; the battle could have gone so much worse. In fact, Feyre had almost lost all her family in the battle and is grateful every day for the sacrifices of the Lords, even her psycho ex, Tamlin. She sees every day as a gift and is a little afraid that her good luck will soon change.

This story feels like a long epilogue to the last book. A Court of Wings and Ruin was a very large book and I feel like the author could not satisfactorily conclude Feyre and Rhysand’s story and jumpstart Cassian or Elain’s story without this book. So I’m not mad at it at all. I love all the characters and will never complain about there being too many books in this story.

If you are looking for a full book though, this is not the one for you. I do not think you will understand anything here if you have not read the previous three. For this reason, I shall be re-reading the first 3 books and reviewing them for anyone interested, and you should be; the world building and character development is amazing.

Rating: B-

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A Court of Frost and Starlight
by Sarah J Maas
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

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