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A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, 4) Paperback – June 2, 2020
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A tender addition to the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas, bridging the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin and upcoming books.
Feyre, Rhysand, and their friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly altered world beyond, recovering from the war that changed everything. But Winter Solstice is finally approaching, and with it, the joy of 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, her concern for those dearest to her deepens. They have more wounds than she anticipated―scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their court.
Bridging the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin with the later books in the series, A Court of Frost and Starlight explores the far-reaching effects of a devastating war and the fierce love between friends.
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“Simply dazzles.” - starred review, Booklist on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Passionate, violent, sexy and daring…. A true page-turner.” - USA Today on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Suspense, romance, intrigue and action. This is not a book to be missed!” - Huffington Post on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Vicious and intoxicating…. A dazzling world, complex characters and sizzling romance.” - Top Pick, RT Book Reviews on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“A sexy, action-packed fairytale.” - Bustle on A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES
“Fiercely romantic, irresistibly sexy and hypnotically magical. A veritable feast for the senses.” - USA Today on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“Hits the spot for fans of dark, lush, sexy fantasy.” - Kirkus Reviews on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“An immersive, satisfying read.” - Publishers Weekly on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“Darkly sexy and thrilling.” - Bustle on A COURT OF MIST AND FURY
“Fast-paced and explosively action-packed.” - Booklist on A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN
“The plot manages to seduce you with its alluring characters, irresistible world and never-ending action, leaving you craving more.” - RT Book Reviews on A COURT OF WINGS AND RUIN
About the Author
Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold millions of copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. Sarah lives with her husband, son, and dog.
- Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing; New edition (June 2, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1635575621
- ISBN-13 : 978-1635575620
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.7 x 0.74 x 8.21 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on January 2, 2021
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I really wanted to love Frost & Starlight with the same boundless vigor that I give the original trilogy. But I just...didn't. To be honest, I'm weirded out. This is new territory for me.
A Court of Frost and Starlight is a novella, clocking in at 229 pages, with a 20 page sneak peek at the next full-length book of the Court series, which has no set publication date at this time. From the beginning, it has been marketed as a bridge between the original trilogy and the spinoff series. Set in the Night Court over the Winter Solstice, it is, according to the jacket copy, a "tale of hope and promise" crammed with character development that will have a "far-reaching impact on the future of [the] court."
I'm aware of this. I know there's only so much a writer can accomplish in 229 pages. I did not expect anything on the same level of her full-length novels. Part of me likes the domestic fanfiction-y vibe a majority of the book embraces. Emotionally-driven characters have been a staple and a strength of this series from the beginning. It's not a bad read.
It's just not...a necessary read.
Are there important plot elements introduced that lay groundwork for the spinoff series? Sure!
Did they require an entire novella to set them up? Nope!
I think my reaction is so lackluster because, to me, there wasn't anything major to react to. The most exciting part was the 20 page sneak peek, which made me shriek and hug things and wonder when the first spinoff novel would actually come out, because I want that book. That book is going to shake me up.
But honestly? I was happy with where A Court of Wings & Ruin left everyone. I don't think I needed Frost & Starlight to hold my hand and lead me towards the next trilogy.
Honestly, Frost & Starlight felt kind of like fan service. It gave us the highly anticipated wall scene (which my asexual ass skimmed through) but other than that?
I acknowledge that there's no way to properly judge the success and relevance of Frost & Starlight as a bridge between series until we have Spinoff #1 in our hands. But I have this feeling that, down the road when both Court trilogies are on my shelf, Frost & Starlight will join Crown of Midnight in the "books that I skip over during rereads" category.
Now, I still respect Sarah J. Maas, madly and wildly. She's a grown-ass writer who can make her own grown-ass choices about what she writes and what she chooses to publish. Am I mad that she published it? No. Am I judging other fans who really loved it? Hell no! It's not policy for me to shame anyone for liking what they like.
But I would be doing myself and my brand a disservice by not reviewing honestly, so here we are.
A Court of Frost & Starlight simmers with promises, but foreshadowed more than it actually delivered.
No meat really in this book, and the reviews that mention its resemblance to fan fiction? Spot on. Lots of window dressing, like “here are all the pretty things we can buy with all our money and sumptuous gowns we can wear and seaside houses we can live in” ... really like playing dolls with familiar characters.
Hugely disappointed to have waited a year for this; I’d have much preferred waiting two years and gotten a fourth installment of substance. If this was to satisfy a publisher’s quota, they truly did Ms. Maas and her fans a disservice.
Finally, to pay $9 for a book that’s a third of the length of its predecessors is just adding insult to injury.
I’ve never imagined giving any of Maas’ books under 4 stars. I genuinely feel like this was a feel good money grab. I’m not sure if that’s really all it was, because calling it a novella feels like a gross overstatement. Or, maybe Maas is simply being pressured to produce too much in too little time.
Save yourself the money and find a copy of the 20 page preview for the next installment. I promise that’s worth sinking your teeth into.
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I honestly think it would have been better to have skipped this one. I just hope that we get back on track with the next one in the series.
Read this book “frost and starlight” with every intention to enjoy it l, even reading during the week if the winter solstice to get right into it. Got to chapter two and all Rhys talks about is sex and how he loves different sexual positions and how they can fly and have sex at the same time. Utter smut now trying to show sex as love, just sounds like a run up to a bad porno.
Not impressed. Advertised as “the scars of the past will touch her court in times to come.” when it should be “Rhys will touch and constantly talk about touching her in times to come.”
This book broke my heart – Mor still battling the memories of the assault on her, Cassian’s passion to train the women to fight back against males who attempt to hurt them like they had his mother, Nesta still feeling nothing after having been Made against her will, Freya finding her love of painting again and Tamlin… oh, as much as I hate Tamlin my heart is broken for him – he has lost everything as a result of his actions and is not the High Fae we once knew. With Rhys showing a gesture to help him, it just broke me. As I’ve said before, I am completely in love with this series, in love with these characters and feel like my soul has died now that I’ve read the four released novels and now I need to patiently wait for A Court of Silver Flames. I cannot wait to get my hands on it and I’ll be lost when it eventually ends.
To the stars that listen and the dreams that are answered…
Overall not as watertight or intelligent as the trilogy, but a light read to keep readers engaged before the next novel comes out.