Publication date: May 1, 2018
Genre: YA fantasy
“Feyre, Rhys, 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 far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.”
SOME SPOILERS AHEAD!
I was so excited for this book that I pre-ordered it in November to ensure that I got it on release day in May. I discovered Sarah J. Maas just last year (I know I was extremely late to the party) but my love for her is immense! The characters and world she has built in ACOTAR is by far one of my favorite of all time and the three books prior to this one were filled with adventure, heartbreak, true love and sacrifice.
With that being said, I knew in advance that this book was a novella and would be a short story to bridge the ACOTAR series with the next series of novellas. This next series will steer away from Feyre and Rhysand (the narrators and main characters of the previous three novels) and pick up the voices of the remaining inner circle and Feyre’s sisters.
A Court of Frost and Starlight delves into the aftermath of the war against Hybern and how the events in the previous war effected the characters. Nesta has isolated herself in a slummy apartment in a forgotten quarter of Velaris, getting drunk nightly and pushing away anyone who cares about her, in her classic style. Cassian has become broody fighting his growing interest in Nesta and her blatant disgust for him. Elain has tried to adapt to life with the night court and has found solace in the kitchen and in her gardens but still has ignored the mating bond between her and Lucien. Lucien has been away most days in the mortal realms or visiting Tamlin in the deserted Spring Court. Mor is struggling with her past, the relationship with her father and the possible threat from the Autumn Court. Azriel is being his same quiet, withdrawn self- I’m ready for some more character development with this one! Rhysand is trying to keep the other High Lords and the Court of Nightmares in check now that the wall has been obliterated and the Mortal Lands lay unguarded. And Feyre is attempting to make everyone happy and fix everyone’s wounds, while trying to decide what she wants the next step in her life and relationship to be.
I enjoyed this book and wasn’t put out by the lack of arch or any real action due to the fact that I knew it was going to be transitional. Many reviewers have called it fluff and I agree that it is but I also think that it is necessary to set up the other inner circle’s personal stories in the next series. I absolutely adore ALL of these characters, even Nesta. I know many people are not fans of hers but I am really intrigued by her character. She is hard and cruel but she is a strong headed character with deep seated wounds that need healing. I’m most excited to see what develops between her and Cassian because come on, he’s so hot! I’ll just be holding my breath until the next novel, hopefully its soon!