The Winter Solstice. In a week. I was still new enough to being High Lady that I had no idea what my formal role was to be. If we’d have a High Priestess do some odious ceremony, as lanthe had done the year before. A year. Gods, nearly a year since Rhys had called in his bargain, desperate to get me away from the poison of the Spring Court to save me from my despair. Had he been only a minute later, the Mother knew what would have happened. Where I’d now be. Snow swirled and eddied in the garden, catching in the brown fibers of the burlap covering the shrubs My mate who had worked so hard and so selflessly, all without hope that I would ever be with him We had both fought for that love, bled for it. Rhys had died for it.
Overall, both Jenny and I enjoyed this story and the opportunity it gave us to jump back into this world and merry band of characters.
This book was okay. It was a quick read and I enjoyed getting the opportunity to jump back into this work and see what the characters have been up to after the end of ACOWAR. But at the end of the day, this book wasn’t really necessary. Everything we learned in this book could have very easily been covered in the next installment and I think I would have preferred that.
I had some problems getting back into the swing of Maas’ writing. I swear, if Rhysand never purrs again when he’s aroused I will be a happy woman. I also had some problems distinguishing between the different narrators – everyone’s voice more or less sounded the same to me. Hopefully, this is something that will be easier to distinguish in the bigger upcoming novels.
However, I am very much interested to see what happens next and where our characters will go from here! I will definitely be picking up the next installment in this world, particularly after seeing the cliffhanger that Maas left us with at the end of this novella!
3 out of 5 stars
Jenny O’s Thoughts:
I have no strong feelings about this book; it was fine. I liked seeing what the characters were doing and feeling after the intense events of ACOWAR, but almost all of this could have been covered in the first few chapters of the next installment. Nothing really happened, plot-wise.
The highlight of this novella, for me, was seeing the group dynamics at play again. As always, Maas’s best work is with her characters. The scenes around the Solstice were fun and funny, and her affection for each of them is always apparent.
Some of the descriptions continue to bug me, and it takes me a while to fall back into the world and writing style. That being said, I have high hopes for the next novel, especially since it is about one of my favorite couples!
2.5 out of 5 stars
Title: A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.1)
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 1, 2018)
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fiction, Fairy Tale, Romance, Action & Adventure
Read… as a buddy read with my dear friend Jenny O’ while… dreaming of Christmas.
Purchase your copy here.
Author: Sarah J. Maas