A Court of Frost & Starlight (A Court of Thorns & Roses #3.1) by Sarah J. Maas
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
This "book" has been receiving such a huge amount of hype this year. Absolutely everyone seems to have been waiting for more from Sarah J. Maas world of Feyre and Rhysand. With 3 really strong and comprehensive novels making up the trilogy there was a huge amount of expectation about how Sarah J. Maas would extend the stories of our favourite High Fae and his mate whilst leading us into the story that will form the future of the series as we move forward.
This is a very compact novella rather than a full-blown novel, coming in at a modest 220 or so pages we have literally only delved back into the world of all our favourite characters when it is all coming to a close. And this is because throughout this series we have emotionally invested in so many characters, Azriel, Cassian, Mor, Amren, Nesta, Elain, Lucien, Tamlin.....the list goes on and on. We want to find out what happened to them all after A Court of Wings And Ruin and this novella whilst allowing us a glimpse is nowhere near comprehensive enough to answer all our lingering questions. Instead, it lifts the veil and allows us a little glimpse of where they are now and a hint as to what their futures may hold.
Based at Winter Solstice it has a festive feel as the High Fae of the Night Court come together to celebrate this special occasion and Feyre's 21st Birthday. There is lots of heat and passion still flowing between our main romantic pairing of Feyre and Rhys and it's lovely to be back with them again. Whilst this was nice it's all the unresolved stuff around them that is truly where the future is all about.
There is a definite move towards the lingering effect the events of A Court of Wings And Ruin has had upon Nesta and how her mate Cassian is coping with her detachment from her family and friends. This seems to be where we are moving towards for the next novel in this series and this novella helped me get excited about what is to come. It didn't provide any really comprehensive story within the novella to which we could see a beginning and an end but instead, it moved the chess pieces around on the board to a point where we can pick them all up again in Book 4.
I liked this little check in with my favourite series, it was nice to catch up with everyone even if it felt all too brief. It will be devoured by fans of the series I am sure and will keep us all going until Maas gets around to delivering for us another fully packed novel full of the world we have all fallen in love with.