Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy
A new, original novel in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series that picks up several months after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin.
Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, 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 far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
Sarah J. Maas' A Court of Frost and Starlight takes place months after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin. This is a book that really didn't necessarily have to be written. This is a book that is more or less a placemat in the next step in this series, which appears to be 3 more books, as well as something to keep loyal readers happy until Kingdom of Ash, the final installment in the Throne of Glass series is released in October. Oh, by the way, did anyone see where Kingdom of Ash is almost 1,000 pages long? ::head desk::
So, let me summarize this book for you. This is a book that alternates POV's between Feyre, the High Lady of the Night Court, who was blessed or cursed with gifts from all courts, as well as Cassian, Rhysand, & Morrigan. It has been 2 years since she killed a wolf and was dragged into the Spring Court. It is 1 year since Rhys called in his bargain which led to a major war and Feyre choosing Rhys over Tamlin. Oh, by the way, did anyone notice the switch from first POV, to third when the others were being featured?
Now, as the Fey are about ready to celebrate the Winter Solstice, things are still not settled to the point where Rhys allies are ready to stand down. Oh, no, there is a whole lot more coming and it's just a matter of time who feels like being froggy and jumping first. You have the Illyrians are are angry at Cass and Rhys and rumblings of a rebellion brew in the ranks. The Human Queens, who we never saw in the previous installment, are still hiding away. You have Fey courts who are eager to gobble of human lands.
Let's not forget about the forgettable mate bond between Lucien and Elian. I am all in favor of having that mate bond destroyed, and let Elian and Azrael have their happy ending. Elian doesn't want anything to do with Lucian, and Lucien isn't the same character we met in previous books. Ah, let's not forget about the dark cloud hanging over Feyre's head. That dark clouds name just happens to be Nestra who is still pissed about being turned into a High Fae.
But, if we are talking about Nestra, why not Tamlin? Tamlin is in a bad, bad place. It doesn't really do me any good to say he deserves the mess he is in. He made the wrong choices. He needs to find his way again, and soon. The best part of this book? The author gives readers a sneak peak into the next installment in this series, and the possibility of who is going to be featured characters. I don't think this book was necessary. I know readers that will gobble up any crumb that the author provides them, but this book doesn't do anything to push the series forward, or answer any unanswered questions about Cassian, or Azrael, or even Morrigan.