Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Page Count: 272 (Hardcover)
From the Jacket:
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.
A Court of Thrones and Roses is one of my all time favorite series. I own the print editions and have the second and third installments on audio (because we all know the first one isn’t nearly as important or enjoyable – boo Tamlin). I was a bit disappointed by A Court of Wings and Ruin because it felt like some of the magic created in A Court of Mist and Fury had been lost. It didn’t diminish my love for the series as a whole, but it did put a bit of a damper on my excitement about it. Because of that, it was with guarded excitement that I counted down the days for A Court of Frost and Starlight to be released. This is just a short novelette meant to bridge the gap between the first three books and the spin off series.
I was finally able to sit down and read it last night (two whole days after I received it, the horror) and breathed a sigh of relief as I turned the final page. I really needn’t have worried, because while nothing really major happened, it felt like Maas found her voice again. It was absolutely wonderful to be back in the Night Court with these characters I’ve grown to love so much. The banter was spot on and so very witty. I laughed out loud several times and read much of the book with a big stupid smile on my face.
Maas wrote ACOFAS from several different perspectives, a few of which we’ve never had before and I absolutely loved it. The chapters are pretty short and follow the characters as they prepare to celebrate the Winter Solstice together, which is very much like a Christmas celebration. They put up decorations, shop for gifts, and take time away from day to day responsibilities to be together. All around those preparations and celebration however, we learn about how all of the characters are coping, or in some cases, not coping, since the war. Some of the plot decisions were frustrating to read, but I know she’s creating conflict and opening up avenues for the new series.
I will say in a **minor spoiler** that Queen Maas FINALLY delivered that wall scene, you know the one.
I won’t give away any details, but oh my goodness was it HOT. She really stepped up the dirty talk and I am HERE. FOR. IT. I’ve placed it in my top three favorites along with the scene at the inn and basically all of chapter 55 in ACOMAF. I think I loved it so much because it felt like those scenes. There was something missing between Feyre and Rhys in A Court of Wings and Ruin, almost like someone else was writing their dialogue and love scenes. This was not the case here, and I’m hoping she doesn’t deviate again.
Everything considered, Maas set out to deliver a short story to link the two series, and fill in some of the details from after the war and I think she succeeded. And it’s clear based on the final product that she had a great time doing it. At the end of the book is an expert from the first installment of the new series, and after reading it I’m not sure I can bear the wait. It’s clear it will be written from the perspectives of both Cassian and Nesta, but beyond that I don’t know much. Fingers crossed we get more details soon.
Any other ACOTAR fans out there? Gush with me will you?