Book Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

Updated: May 6, 2021

By Chloe Olivia Sladden

After the dramatic events if a court of wings and ruin, this instalment is a nice and surprisingly light-read.

In a short novella, Feyre and the rest of the night court are recovering from the recent battle of Hybern. A battle where Feyre and her sisters Elain and Nesta (who were turned into High Fae like Feyre) saw their father lead an army with a lost cursed queen Vaasa before dying to protect them. While Feyre fought for her new home, Elain and Nesta killed the King of Hybern, ending the battle.

The winter solstice is coming up in the sub-night-court (of Fae and faeries), Verlais, and not everyone is in the holiday mood. Nesta has been distant from her sisters and Cassian for months, alone and off the rails while Elain is slowly healing but anxious about what she did in the war.

Meanwhile, Feyre and Rhysand have barely had a minute alone together, both busying as High Lady and High Lord of the Night Court, in trying to rebuild Verlais after the war. The couple’s Fae and faerie friends have problems of their own.

Amren, while letting love into her life with Varian, is still adjusting to her new Fae body. Mor is on edge, after revealing to Feyre she prefers women to men and is afraid to tell spymaster Azriel. While Cassian is healing after severe damage to his wings in the war and from Nesta avoiding him.

The upcoming holiday offers everyone a chance to come together and forget about their post-war lives. Even if it’s just for a few days.

This sweet, hilarious and moving novella provides the perfect bridge between the last major instalment (of the court of thorns and roses series) and the next, yet to be released book.

A court of frost and starlight was short but special, and will easily be read in one sitting. The overall tone of the book is slightly anti-climatic, but it provides for more laughs, friendships and romances than the brutal gory nature of the Hybern battle in the last book.

The simplicity yet intrigue of this short novella deserves a lot of credit and has many relatable things in the small fun and valuable moments, most of us should appreciate more.

A court of frost and starlight will definitely get you in the winter solstice (or as we would know it – Christmas) mood, even if it’s only March. And will definitely put a smile on your face!

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