Book review: A Court of Frost and Starlight

A Court of Frost and Starlight (ACOFAS) is the latest novelette in Sarah J. Maas’ gripping series centred on Feyre Archeron, a normal human girl who gets sucked into the realm of faeries.

Source Bloomsbury

Released on the 1st of May in Australia ACOFAS consists of 229 pages that illustrate the first ever Winter Solstice Feyre the High Lady of the Night Court experiences, months after the war with Hybern.

This companion book details the day to day life of familiar characters who fought against the evil warriors of Hybern whose aim was to enslave humans.  Rather than the single-minded views of just Feyre, the perspectives of other key characters Rhysand, Cassian and Mor are given as whole chapters scattered throughout, which offers the reader a look into their personal qualms in life.

Different from Sarah J. Maas’ usual climactic story full of twists and turns, the novelette acts as a bridge from the ending of A Court of Wings and Ruin, to the new books she is currently writing. 

Due to the nature of ACOFAS, as it is just a pre-cursor to set up the next books, nothing of immediate importance is added and familiar storylines from previous novels are used, which is tedious to read over again. For instance Nesta’s growing hatred toward the world is continued in the novelette, her character does not develop at all which hinders the essence of ACOFAS. 

The only real interest is after the ending, where a teaser for the next full-length book details that Nesta will become one of the main characters.

This novelette could definitely have been condensed and added as a prelude to the next novel.

Even though short, ACOFAS is another way to get lost in Velaris with Sarah J Maas’ loveable characters, and her writing will never fail to disappoint – but the general idea might. The author is planning on releasing similar companions following ACOFAS in the near future.

Keep updated with everything Sarah J. Maas here.


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