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
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.