While this book promises frost and starlight, my feelings towards this book came out more lukewarm.
A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas is a novella that will bridge the third book in the Court of Thorns and Roses series following Feyre Archeron and a new trilogy set to focus on different characters in the series. In this book, Feyre is adjusting to her new role in Velaris, as her friends also deal with their new lives following the wars they recently survived. Since its Solstice time, the friends will all be together again to face their futures after the war.
When I heard this book announced, I was incredibly excited for more adventures with some of my favorite characters. However, after I heard several mixed reviews for this novella, I was afraid that this would be another average book in the series for me like A Court of Wings and Ruin. While there were some aspects of the book that I surprisingly enjoyed, there were others that didn’t really meet my expectations. As a result, like many other readers, I have mixed feelings about this book and the direction where this series heads next.
One of the aspects that I surprisingly enjoyed was seeing more of Elain and Mor. Elain definitely had the least dynamic of the story lines of the sisters for me in the original series, so I enjoyed seeing more of her in this story and wanted to know more about her future, especially concerning her love interests. It was also cool to see Mor possibly going off on her own adventures in the future. However, I felt disappointed knowing these stories may not be as emphasized in the next few books because it seems like this series will shift more to Nesta’s story line, at least in the next book.
This brings me to another disappointment of this story: Nesta. There is so much that can be done with Nesta’s character because she endured so much and has such a different personality than the other characters in this series. However, I felt like her ice queen image was emphasized way too much in this series that it prevented readers from connecting with her and wanting to know more about her future. There just seemed like to big of a jump for me in her character from the end of the last book to this novella. Even though she wasn’t necessarily my favorite character in the original series and I do think her actions in this book could be realistic to what she experienced, I felt it wasn’t written in a way that will get readers interested in her story line. For me, one of the only parts that makes me want to push on is knowing that it will move to Cassian’s war camp setting.
As for Feyre and Rhysand’s story line, I have mixed feelings again. I love Feyre and Rhysand, so it is always fun to read more about them. I enjoyed getting to see them married, happy, and planning for the future. However, I guess I expected less open ends to their story line. I’m happy knowing I will see them again in future books, but at the same time, I wanted a more solid end to their story as well. Another drawback for me in terms of their story line was I felt like most of the book either contained similar interactions that they had in other books or the same new scene rehashed multiple times. Like I mentioned before, I enjoy their appearances but it took up so much of the story that I would have rather maybe seen some other characters have more time instead, especially since the focus will no longer be on Feyre and Rhysand.
Overall, I think A Court of Frost and Starlight is more content for lovers of the series. However, I would recommend that readers go into reading that book with the expectation that it’s going to be a mix of fun scenes and story starters rather than a solid story line. I give this book three out of five stars.