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Review: A Court Of Frost And Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

on May 3, 2018

A Court Of Frost And Starlight (A Court Of Thorns And Roses Series #3.1)
Sarah J. Maas
Bloomsbury
2018, 227p
Purchased personal copy

Blurb {from the publisher/Goodreads.com}:

The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before.

A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be.

Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.

Sometimes I finish a book and think to myself ‘you know, I loved this so much, I’d read a book about this couple or this group just….going about their lives. Doing nothing in particular, just their daily routine, their conversations’. If you’ve ever thought that, in particular about Feyre, Rhysand and the rest of the crew then this is pretty much the book for you.

Because there’s not a lot happening here. It’s mostly the group preparing for the Winter Solstice, which is quite a celebrated holiday in the Night Court. It’s Feyre’s first one and she’s also worrying about the ins and outs of being a High Lady and her role as well. There’s the guilt that they all face because people, their subjects, for want of a better term, sacrificed people to the war. They are rebuilding, not just the city physically, but also mentally.

But there’s also a simmering threat….somewhere? With someone? They’re still trying to strengthen various borders, keep the peace, reestablish relations that have broken down severely since the time of Amarantha. So this is a bridging book. The first trilogy is complete, that war is complete. But there is more coming and this book also does a little bit to set that up as well.

Mostly the narrative belongs to either Feyre or Rhysand but there are also chapters devoted to Cassian and Nesta and from the excerpt in the back of the book, it seems the next one will revolve around them. Not going to lie, at the moment there’s a bunch of things I’d rather read more than Nesta and her inner dialogue of empty hatred. I’m way more interested in Elain and Lucien and their troubled mating bond. I’m way more interested in Amren in her current form and her relationship with the prince of the summer court. I’m way more interested in Mor and her complicated relationship with her family, her former betrothed, not to mention the tension with Az and her sexuality. It’s not that I dislike Nesta, I do actually like her determination to take no shit at all from anyone but that sometimes pushes her into just being truly horrible to people who don’t actually deserve it. The idea of being in her head for any length of time is not super appealing although I understand the idea that Nesta had this done to her against her will and loathes it – she will need to truly hit rock bottom before she can begin to heal.

But I’m still here for it. I’m here for this entire series and everything that’s still to happen. They’re so inherently readable that I completely forget what I’m supposed to be doing when another book comes out. I find the Throne of Glass series the same (although I still haven’t read Tower Of Dawn). I think it was nice to take a breather with this book after the intensity of the previous ones and just….get a chance to see how everyone would live their lives if there were no hostilities, lingering threats or brewing border disputes. It’s a nice idea but I also can’t ignore the fact that I waited a year for this book, finished it in 90 minutes and now it’s probably another year to wait until the next one is released. I know I still have another Sarah J. Maas book to read and there’ll be another Throne Of Glass book later this year but…..this was a long wait for relatively little pay off and now another long wait. Did I enjoy this book? Absolutely. I thought it was really sweet. And that down time is nice, I mentioned that. But it’s undeniably short, a novella rather and even though it was a cute read, barely anything really happened. You could probably sum up this entire book’s happenings in a few pages in the next book and no one would know any different. But in terms of giving a glimpse into court life and how everyone is feeling after the events of the previous books, it is a nice accompaniment. Even though it sort of feels like nothing new for the series.

8/10

Book #62 of 2018


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