A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas – REVIEW
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this story bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.
Feyre, Rhys and their companions 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 a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.
“Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.”
I was really looking forward to this book and had no expectations except wanting more of the Inner Circle so I wasn’t disappointed. There’s not much of a plot as it focuses on the characters and their emotional states in the aftermath of ACOWAR rather than beginning a new story. It’s almost more like an ‘a day in the life’ style narrative than anything else.
It’s set around the Winter Solstice so the timespan is quite focused, and features alternating points of view. We have first-person POVs from Feyre and Rhysand, and interspersed among these are third-person POVs of Cassian, Morrigan, and Nesta. When war is over, the tensions linger and peace is difficult to acclimatise to. This book more than any of the others advocates the healing power of art and creativity, especially its proven effectiveness as a treatment for mental health issues.
“I have to create, or it was all for nothing. I have to create, or I will crumple up with despair and never leave my bed.”
One of my favourite aspects of this series is the relationship between the Inner Circle so it was great to get some new moments between them. I loved the scene with drunk Feyre and Cassian being interrupted by an exasperated Azriel, and the snowball fight between Rhysand, Cassian, and Azriel was such fun. It’s these quiet moments that resonate the most after their hard-won peace.
It definitely felt like a goodbye to Feyre and Rhysand, with a sense of closure concerning their story. They pretty much got an almost perfect happy ever after so it would be difficult for their story to really go anywhere else at this point. As for the other characters, it seems the foundations for their own books were being laid, and hints were dropped as to where their stories might go next.
“Deep inside me, rising with every swirling flake, a sparkling, crisp power stirred. I was High Lady of the Night Court.”
The sneak-peek at the end of this story suggests the next book focuses on Cassian and Nesta. Nesta was almost unbearably frustrating in this book and if the reader wasn’t given some insight into her psychological trauma towards the end of the book then I’m not sure I’d be interested in reading more about her. That said, she’s definitely one of the more interesting characters as she’s just so plain unlikeable.
Another plot point I’m eager to read more of is the mating bond between Lucien and Elain. I’m hoping they choose to ignore it as I think they’re better suited apart, and their characters seem to flourish more when interacting with others. I also find Eris intriguing and there were definitely further hints about his ambiguous motives regarding his treatment of Mor in this book. We even briefly meet Tamlin again and he’s now so depressed and hopeless that it’s hard not to feel sorry for him. Overall, I enjoyed this book for what it was and can’t wait to return to Prythian soon.