A Court of Frost and Starlight (Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

by Sarah J. Maas

3.49 of 5 stars 46 ratings • 21 reviews • 81 shelved
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A Court of Frost and Starlight (Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)

by Sarah J. Maas

3.49 of 5 stars 46 ratings • 21 reviews • 81 shelved
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.

New in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Frost and Starlight is a glimpse into the lives of Feyre and Rhys as they begin to recover from the war that changed their world.

Feyre, Rhysand, and their close-knit circle of friends 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 a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
  • ISBN10 168119631X
  • ISBN13 9781681196312
  • Publish Date 1 May 2018
  • Publish Status Out of Print
  • Out of Print 28 January 2021
  • Publish Country US
  • Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • Imprint Bloomsbury YA
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 272
  • Language English


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Artemis 2 of 5 stars

The Artemis Reader

As you know I’m a huge fan of the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (and definitely not of the Throne of Glass series) but this felt like straight up fanfiction. It is empty, devoid of any plot and pure fan entertainment.

It was lazy writing, lazy character development, and honestly definitely makes me not want to read the garbage that will be Nesta/Cassian in the next trilogy. Where is the writer from A Court of Mist and Fury?? Where are the strong female characters who were able to pick themselves up.

I gave this three stars because I felt like being generous but when I sat down to write this I had to demote it a star. It was painful to read this when I was so excited for another little snippet of this world. I felt like I was reading some Throne of Glass series novella with the focus on romance and strong males and just pointless word vomit on 200+ pages. I felt bored and immensely underwhelmed revisiting these characters again after finishing the final book a few months ago.

This was clearly written to bridge a gap between the old and new series, and while only a novella I was still expecting more plot. Which apparently is too much to ask for when it comes to Maas’ churning out six-book series.

Not recommended and I definitely wouldn’t shlep out the $18 for this book (thank you local library!), if you really feel the need to read this definitely borrow from a friend or your local library.

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- Oh, SJM, curse you for giving me unrealistic expectations in men!!!
- What a nice winter-themed novella for me to read, and in, like, less than 48 hours, too!
- Rhys is still the ultimate book boyfriend and will always have space in my heart.
- I am READY for the next book to come out in February, because I have a new conquest in Cassian and Nesta.

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It was cute, but I'd been expecting for it to have a clear plot, even if it's a novella. It was cool to see the characters after everything that happened, but still, it needs to have a purpose.

I think since Sarah was already planning a Nessian book, Cassian and Nesta are really the 'main characters' of this story, even though they don't get nearly enough pages. I found myself skimming to the parts where they're there. Hell, the excerpt at the end has more purpose than the rest of pages. In that sense, it was disappointing, but at least it built up the excitement for that next book.

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I don't understand why many don't like this novella. Yes, nothing extreme happens, but I'm so happy to have gotten this novella, because I just couldn't part with my Illyrian babies, Amren, Mor, Feyre, Elain... I couldn't fathom not having more of these characters in my life. So this novella means everything to me. These characters mean everything to me. They deserved a break from everything. They deserved happiness, and this novella gave them that. ❤️

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Chelsea 3 of 5 stars
There really was no need for this book. Maybe as a short story ebook type thing if you cut the page count in half but even as a shorter novel there wasn't enough here. Pretty typical of SJM honestly. She tends to put more extra words in than she needs and forgets about the plot. I loved seeing the gang all together and this little glimpse of their "normal" lives but nothing happened in this story. Rhys and Feyre were pretty annoying too? Was that just me? Were they always like that and I just missed it?

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littleread1 3 of 5 stars
This may be just me, but I don't think I remembered enough of the specifics of the original series to really enjoy this peek into their lives. Also, And this is a SPOILER ...

WHY. Babies ruin books. Why do they have to start trying right now? Ugh.

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llamareads 1 of 5 stars
You know how when you love a series, you joke about how you could literally read about the characters sitting around a kitchen table eating burritos and you'd be happy? And most authors are like, "No, no, you wouldn't, there's no story there"? Now I understand why.

People go shopping. There's multiple character POVs, so you get to even witness more shopping. People reminisce about the war and how awful it was and how much it changed them (it didn't). Rhys apparently cannot stop thinking about sex, even when he's supposed to be making alliances and stuff. Feyre, despite being High Lady and all equal to Rhys and everything, doesn't go on those alliance-trips, instead she stays home and hands out coats to people. And thinks about answering mail. And then there's more shopping, and they eat, and then they go shopping again. There's no overarching plot - beyond the fact that Winter Solstice is coming so they need to get presents and then they're all going to celebrate together - and no real character development. I repeat, NOTHING HAPPENS. This could all have been summarized in like two paragraphs at the start of the next book.

Speaking of the next book and it's couple... Nesta's suffering from some pretty awful PTSD and yet... nobody seems to understand? Not even Feyre, who went through her own lash-out-at-people phase? Some found family if they can't even be bothered to understand what she's going through.

The constant references to "mates" and "males" doesn't bother me that much, but "gentlemales".... that's a step too far even for me.

So basically I spent the entire novella being either bored or pissed off about Nesta, so, yeah, I'm really worried about the next book, whenever it's going to be out.

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Emma (SCR) 4 of 5 stars
This review was originally posted on Star Crossed Reviews I really enjoyed the main ACOTAR trilogy but I left it a few months before I decided to read this one. I needed a book with Star in the title for my Astronomy OWL so I thought now was the perfect time to pick this up.

This book picks up a few months after the end of A Court of Wings and Ruin. The gang are trying to rebuild Prythian from the aftermath of the war with Hybern and preparing for the Winter Solstice.

I enjoyed this catch up with Feyre and the others but it was all too happy. I know, I know it doesn't always have to be doom and gloom but there was no twist, no big drama, just a family fight that has been long brewing.

I didn't hate it. I just wanted something a bit more. The other three books were so epic that this one just fell a little flat. It was all too fluffy for me.