A Short Sojourn Back to the Night Court // REVIEW: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J Maas
Publication Date: May 8th 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 3.1 of the A Court of Thorns and Roses Series
I Got A Copy Through: Bloomsbury India (THANK YOU!)
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Blurb Description: 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.
Honestly, I went into this book with no expectations. I heard a lot of NOT SO GREAT things from some VERY trusted people, not to mention my own disappointment at A Court of Wings and Ruin and, well, I didn’t expect much but simply HAD to read it anyway because of my IMMENSE love for book two, A Court of Mist and Fury. (Which was really one of the BEST books ever and I am still not over it)

A Court of Frost and Starlight started off rather… strangely. I’m quite used to this story having been told from Feyre’s point of view and it threw me when we ALSO got Rhysand, Mor, Nesta and Cassian narrating Sarah J Maas’ SMALLEST book to date. What I’m basically trying to say is, I had a little bit of an adjusting period.

Let’s break it down:

1.       If you know me, I’m not a huge fan of novellas or short stories. Whenever I read them, I always feel like the second I get invested, the story is over. POOF. HEART=BROKEN. And so use the word ‘novella,’ and I’m already a little suspicious about the book’s intentions for my heart.
2.       EVEN THEN, Novella or full length novel, an essential element for books (for me) is PLOT. BOOKS HAVE TO HAVE A PLOT, OKAY? A Court of Frost and Starlight was a bridge book between the old series and the spin-off series, it didn’t really have a SOLID PLOT, or any real reason that the events of this book couldn’t have been clubbed into the next one VERY EASILY.

3.       Really, this book was mostly (rather graphic) sex scenes, the “sizable” coffers of the Night Court, a lot of gift exchanging and some ominous foreshadowing for the next book.

4.       MIND YOU, I’M NOT SAYING I DIDN’T LIKE IT, (There was a LOT I LIKED, and I’ll get to that below) BUT I WISH A Court of Frost and Starlight had been MORE by itself, or had just been combined into the NEXT BIG NOVEL.

5.       There were a lot of things I really liked, including:

-          Feyre and Cassian’s drunk decorating (And Azriel trying to clean up their mess)
-          Cassian’s Point of View (WHO KNEW THIS DARK SMOL ILLYRIAN WAS SO PRECIOUS?)
-          The Inner Circle just hanging out and being themselves
-          The ‘everyday’ tasks post war – I actually really appreciated that his book dealt with the day to day tasks of ruling and rebuilding to some extent, because I feel like it’s almost always glossed over in fantasy novels
-          I… like Nesta better? I didn’t think it was possible, but I suddenly do. I’m quite excited to see where the next book takes me.

I guess, all in all, I’d recommend this only to someone who is ALREADY a HUGE fan of the series. It didn’t really have a plot, and was a filler novella, but if you enjoy the antics of the Night Court/ Inner Circle and just want to check in on your favourite characters, this could be this book for you.

I’ll just leave you with: ‘To the stars that wish, and the dreams that are answered.’

Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.
Have you read any Sarah J Maas books? What do you think of them, and WHO is your favourite character?
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