This was actually the first novella that I’ve ever read and I was pleasantly surprised. A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas was a fun read and makes me more open to picking up other novellas in the future.
P.S. This will be a really short review. 😉
Hope warms the coldest night.
Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends 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 far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
So I guess the most obvious point, is that this novella doesn’t dive far into any actual plot, but instead focuses on the different characters and how they’re each trying to recover from the war. I actually really liked that. It was nice to get alternate POVs from some of the different characters, especially Cassian and Mor. I’m hearing that the upcoming follow-up series will continue with following multiple characters and I am totally okay with that. As much as I love Feyre and Rhys, it’ll be nice to get to experience new adventures with some of the others. I’m especially excited to follow Nesta some, as the preview section at the end of the book was from her POV. I’m so excited my main bitch is getting to tell her story!
I will say that I think Maas is getting better about actually bringing a new maturity level to her books with each new release. Instead of mostly using sex to elevate from YA to NA (though it’s still there so don’t get too excited), she’s also shedding light on some deeper themes as well. While heavier themes have been examined in previous books, I feel like they will really come to the forefront in this next series. Maybe I’m being overly hopeful, but it’s nice to try and stay positive, right?
I think my one complaint about this novella was that we didn’t get any a chapter from Azriel’s point of view. He’s one of my favorite characters in this series and it would be fascinating to see things from his perspective and learn more about his story. However, I think Maas has relegated him to being the mysterious character and we will never truly get to know him… And that’s a damn shame.
Final Verdict: 4/5 Stars
Have you read A Court of Frost and Starlight? If so, what did you think of it? Which point of view was your favorite? What do you hope to see in the next series? What do you think about novellas in general?