A Court of Frost and Starlight. Sarah J. Maas. Fantasy/Romance. 2018. 224 pages. 3 stars.
“You were born on the longest night of the year.” His fingers again stroked down my back. Lower. “You were meant to be at my side from the very beginning.”
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.
“Just be patient. It’ll sort itself out. It always does.”
The only thing sadder than reading an overhyped book is reading an overhyped book from a series that you love. I love the ACOTAR series. If you’ve been following this blog for a while it doesn’t take a lot to know that I’m completely bonkers for this series. I loved each and every book up until this one.
Right off the bat, almost nothing happens in this novella. We get multiple perspectives from the inner circle, which is a great plus because we finally see the universe from their eyes instead of Feyre’s. We get perspectives from Rhysand, Cassian, Mor, and even Nesta! It was great to see their sides of the story and I appreciated this change from the previous books.
As I was reading through it, I realized at the halfway point that not much is really happening aside from these characters recovering from the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin. A lot of loose ends were left at the end of book 3 and they were addressed here, but not resolved. We were told that the center of this story was the Solstice, and I have to say that I was underwhelmed because I expected it to be a grand event with fireworks and balls. Instead, what we got was a night sprinkled with conflict, sadness, drunkenness, and that One Chapter that broke my Nessian heart.
What’s great about this novella, however, is that it sets up for book 4! The novella’s short nature and changing perspectives gave us glimpses of possible characters, romances, and conflicts for the last half of the series which features a completely new storyline.
I can tell that this novella functions more of a bridge than anything, and as much as I want to love this, I can’t. My expectations were really high because of the hype and the success of the past 3 books. I’m sad to admit that this one only deserves 3ish stars from me.
I’m waaaaay excited for book 4 because of the teaser at the end! It’s been so long since readers deserved a Nessian romance. I will settle for nothing else.
Sarah J. Maas, if you’re reading this, PLEASE GIVE TAMLIN THE REDEMPTION ARC HE DESERVES.