A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and Starlight

Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1

Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Release Date: May 1st 2018


Four Stars

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 fibres 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.

– Blurb courtesy of goodreads.com

My Thoughts On…

…The Plot

“It is hard,” the weaver said, her stare never leaving mine, “and it hurts, but if I were to stop, if I were to let this loom or the spindle go silent…” She broke my gaze at last to look to her tapestry. “Then there would be no Hope shining in the Void.”

It’s Feyre’s first Winter Solstice as High Lady of the Night Court, and although everyone is still dealing with the scars left behind from the war and the destruction brought to Velaris by the king of Hybern Feyre and Rhys are taking a break from the efforts of rebuilding. They want to have a normal Winter Solstice, celebrating with their friends and loved ones, but the wounds run much deeper for some than others, and it’s going to take a long time still to heal especially given what the future still holds.

A Court of Frost and Starlight is a short read–and it strikes me that this may have been a better winter release than a summer one, just because of when the story is set – that catches us up on Feyre, Rhys and their inner circle since we left them at the end of A Court of War and Ruin. It was a sweet and fluffy book, where nothing much happened other than preparations for the Winter Solstice, but it did set things in motion for a lot of the other characters and the books to follow.

“Rhys knew exactly why there were nights when I would cling tighter to him, why there were moments in the bright, clear sunshine that I would grip his hand. He knew because I knew why his eyes sometimes turned distant.”

The story switches POVs every chapter. While we spend the most time with Feyre and Rhys we see scenes from Cassian’s, Mor’s, and Nesta’s POVs as well, and all the major characters from the main trilogy play their role in this book. There is still a lot of recovery to be done, both in terms of the citizens of Velaris healing and rebuilding their homes and businesses, but it seems like the main danger has passed.

…The Characters

“I didn’t want to do this first painting in front of others.
I could barely do it in front of myself.”

Feyre is doing all she can to help the citizens of the Night Court, but like everyone else she still has her own personal battles to face and she’s still recovering from everything that happened, and I’m glad that part of her character development wasn’t skipped past now the war is over. Feyre saw Rhys die, and even though he’s alive and well it still haunts her. The relationship between Rhys and Feyre is still just as strong as it’s always been, and I enjoyed getting to see Feyre and the story through Rhys POV in this book.

What I enjoyed the most though, was the POV chapters from the other characters. Cassian who is still driven by the past and who is determined to train the female Illyrian’s, no matter the opposition he faces. Mor who is haunted by what her father did to her centuries ago and who dreads his soon-to-be arrival in the Court of Dreams. Elian who grieves her human life but seems to be recovering, and Nesta who is closing herself off from everyone and everything.

“As I told Elian: you have your lives, and I have mine.”
Again, I cast a pointed glance to the tavern. “Why? Why this insistence on distancing yourself?”

Even the characters whose POVs we didn’t see added an interesting dynamic to this story, and will potentially play an interesting role in the future books as well. Lucian and his Band of Exiles, and Tamlin who is broken by both the havoc Feyre wrecked in the Spring Court in A Court of War and Ruin and by his own actions.

…The Setting

“Rebuilding Velaris after the attacks from Hybern being only one of the many monumental tasks. For other tasks required doing as well—both in Velaris and beyond it: in the Illyrian Mountains, in the Hewn City, in the vastness of the entire Night Court.”

Velaris has always been a haven, somewhere Rhys protected with everything he had even when he was trapped under the mountain, but when the king of Hybern brought war to the Night Court he destroyed its streets and damaged its people. Everyone seems to be healing but there is still a lot of suffering; so many people lost their homes and more lost loved ones and families. It was great seeing Feyre on the ground with the people, talking to those who’d lost loved ones in the battle, and seeing people prepare for the celebrations, happy in spite of everything they’d faced.

A Court of Frost and Starlight is a bridge between the end of A Court of War and Ruin and the next book set in the world of the Prythian. It’s a quick read that acts as an epilogue to Feyre and Rhys’ story and a prologue to the Inner Circle’s stories; as much as I love Feyre and Rhys, and still do, I was more interested in the other POVs in this book.

What did you think of A Court of Frost and Starlight? Was it a favourite of yours or could you just not get into the story? Let me know.

15 thoughts on “A Court of Frost and Starlight

  1. I loved ACOFAS because for me it was just the best thing getting to be with these characters when they’re, you know, NOT fighting for their lives and worrying about impending doom. It was so sweet but also very emotional, and I can’t wait for where the next books lead us!

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  2. lovely review, as always! I’ve read quite a lot of negative feedback on this so it’s nice to see that you enjoyed ACOFAS. ❤ it's honestly amazing how much this author can churn out in a year?

    I'm currently skimming through the first few chapters right now, and to be completely honest, it's really slow? I suppose that's the point, though—just setting up characters' arcs, preparing the way for future books, and so on. I think part of me just really craves action and wants to see people get stabbed HAHA :'')

    I'm definitely excited to see where Mor's journey will lead her, though! (Nesta, on the other hand… :///)

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    1. Thanks so much. 🙂 Yeah I’ve seen a few more mixed than not reviews, I guess everyone had high hopes given it was a Maas book and too many people expected more than what we got. In the end it is just a fluffy bridge story between ACOWAR and the next book (so yeah kind of slow), all it did was make me more excited for the characters other than Feyre and Rhys in this story.
      See I didn’t mind Nesta so much, seems like she has a bit of a challenge ahead of her that’s for sure! 🙂


  3. I bought this book but I have yet to read it. I’m excited to get more Rhys in my life. However, a part of me is annoyed that this story is still going on I guess. I would have been satisfied with just the 3 books. Nonetheless, I still loved the books and I’m excited where Sarah takes the next book in series 😀

    -Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages

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    1. Yeah I completely get what you mean, I was excited we were getting another look into our favourite characters but part of me feels like Feyre and Rhys’ story ended well with ACOWAR so why do we need more you know? Reading this I was impatient to get to the stories of the other characters like Cassian and Nesta.
      I hope you enjoy it though, it’s a short read so it won’t take you long to get through it I’m sure. 🙂


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