A Court of Frost and Starlight – Review
Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: May 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Genre: YA Fantasy
*Minor spoilers and spoilers from the original trilogy are included in this review*
I loved the original trilogy by Sarah J Mass and, like many other avid fans, couldn’t wait for A Court of Frost and Starlight to be released. I was not disappointed.
A Court of Frost and Starlight takes place after the events of book three, A Court of Wings and Ruin, and is centered around all our favourite members of the Night Court in Velaris. From the first page I felt like I was home. This is not an action-packed novella, in fact very little happens. ACOFAS is not about action but instead focuses on the aftermath of what has already happened. It feels like the calm before the storm and it hasn’t all been plain sailing from where we last left the characters.
The narrative point of view is swapped between most chapters and provides a unique insight into how individual characters are coping after the traumatic altercation with Hybern. I think all the individual stories are interesting but I particularly enjoyed finding out more about Morrigan’s life outside of her Night Court duties as well as Nesta’s turbulent start to Fae life. Nesta will be the focus of the next book and I am very excited to see how her story progresses!
Feyre remains the protagonist with more chapters from her perspective that others. I really enjoy her character and am glad that being the High Lady of the Night Court hasn’t gone to her head. Her chapters are thoughtful and her post-war emotions are realistic. Velaris is still being rebuilt and although it is wonderful to be there, ready to celebrate the Winter Solstice with her family as is tradition, she hasn’t come to terms with the losses that herself and her people have experienced. I love what she ends up doing as I feel it is very fitting for her character. I also love that despite the lingering shadows that there is hope. The Suriel’s message carries on,
“Leave this world a better place than how you found it.”
There was a minor aspect of the Novella I found irritating. I understand that there needs to be sexual tension between Rhys and Feyre, particularly when they haven’t spent a lot of time together. That is understandable, it is part of their relationship and it helps us feel the chemistry between them. It is not just about sex but their overall bond. Parts of the novella are sexy, highly amusing and work really well but I did find some parts unnecessary. I sat thinking ‘yes, we get it, can we get back to the story now’.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading A Court of Frost and Starlight. I enjoyed the pace, the multiple narrative threads and the way the novella touches on mental health issues. It identifies that people have more going on in their heads than it might seem to the outside world, that there is support out there and recognises that people deal with their issues in their own way and in their own time. Inevitably, I can’t wait for the next instalment from Velaris, which is expected in 2019.
Rating: 4 Stars
I’d love to hear your opinions of A Court of Frost and Starlight in the comments below as I know there were mixed reviews.