Book Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Total Number of Pages: 272
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Publication Date: 8 May 2018
REVIEWED BY SOHINEE DEY
Who haven’t heard of the bestselling fantasy series A Court of Thorns and Roses. While the three books in the series were thick novels, A Court of Frost and Starlight is a novella of about 270 pages which is supposed to be a bridge narration where Sarah J. Mass acquaints her readers to the new set of characters that are going to appear in the ACOTAR #4 and so on. In this prequel, Sarah J. Mass creates a base for her upcoming novels. Even though I am used to her thick books and was slightly disappointed with this thin (comparatively) structure of the book, I can see why she chose to write this novella.
A Court of Frost and Starlight starts right after where A Court of Wings and Ruin ends. In this novella we get to see alternate perspectives of Feyre and Rysand. Set in the time of Winter Solstice, after the war (in A Court of Wings and Ruin), the book shows the after effects of the war and how Feyre is getting accustomed to all the new changes and also battles with the damage that has been done. Winter Solstice is arriving yet in this celebratory atmosphere, Feyre isn’t really in her happy mood.
The Inner Circle is also talked about in the book. Even though the main focus is on Feyre and Rysand, three new characters namely, Cassian, Morrigan and Nesta who could be the main protagonists of the upcoming novels.
ACOFAS mostly focuses on character development so, there wasn’t too much of the plot. To say, there was hardly anything new. This book is not supposed to progress the story instead it’s a medium to develop the original characters even more (and maybe give a closure on them because from the upcoming books we won’t be seeing too much of them) and bring out our future narrators!
I did like the book but while reading I kept expecting for a strong plotline and you can’t really blame me for this because we all know that ACOTAR series has a very strong plotline and equally strong characters. So, if I think of the plot, it was a let down but if I talk of characters, I am once again wooed by Sarah J. Mass’s character build up.
Here’s a tiny little spoiler (if you don’t know this already)…the sex against the wall scene does happen *coughs*. It isn’t too explicit (at least not for me as I have read much more erotic stuffs). But if you’re easily grossed out by sex scenes, you might want to skip it because it’s somewhat detailed. The dialogues that went into that scene were a bit unusual, perhaps? because we humans don’t really converse in such a way in the midst of a pinnacle session. But then, it’s fictional so, anything can happen.
For final words I would say that I was maybe expecting too much from the book and I was a bit disappointed when I found that there is the much of a plotline but the aesthetics are still there. I also liked how Rhysand, Feyre and the inner circle get along so well. You get family vibes and yes, the Winter Solstice. That’s definitely a highlight of the book.
I am definitely looking forward to read the upcoming books. If you’re a die hard fan of the ACOTAR series, then you should definitely read this (you probably will, who am I kidding?)!
POESY IN CHRYSALIS RATING : ⭐⭐⭐.5 / ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
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