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A Court of Frost and Starlight is the bridging novella to give us insight into what is happening in the world after the Great War of ACOWAR. This novella is mostly a holiday tale about the Winter Solstice which is also Feyre’s birthday. We get to see the Inner Circle prepare for the holiday as they are also recovering from the tragic events that impacted all of them.
Feyre was still the main narrator though we also get chapters from Rhysand, Cassian, Morrigan and Nesta. I really appreciated Feyre’s POV because I really like her as a character and the way that she sees the world. However, I wish that we had more chapters from the other main characters in the books prior to this one. It was a refreshing change and I feel that the story really messed that variety to make this book interesting. We’re given a new experience entirely with seeing these characters at a baseline instead of the high stress circumstances we met them under. ACOFAS felt like a big cozy hug after all the trauma we endured and then unpacked in the prior 3 books. I smiled more in this book that I thought I would and I’m happy I didn’t skip this one.
Feyre is faced with a big choice after the war is over. Her life as High Lady and as a friend, sister, and wife are all different because of what they had to do to survive Hyburn’s attack. We get to see how her make choices on her own and not because it is life-or-death consequences. The Feyre we meet in this book is wholly different from the Feyre we met in ACOTAR. I love them both and am just so happy to see the progression.
Rhysand’s chapters were probably the most interesting to me. I think his POV is probably the one I really wanted more of. He is the only character who reveals more about Tamlin’s place in the world after the war. It felt very strategic to use the High Lord of the Night Court to communicate with us about Tam. I feel like it’s setting something else up because it would completely unnecessary otherwise to check in on that scum bag. I don’t care; I don’t like him, still.
I’ve liked Cassian since we met him in ACOMAF but I knew his bold personality had so much more behind it. His professional struggles and his personal struggle are definitely weighing on him. We finally get to see a glimpse of what lies behind the joking exterior. I nearly shed a tear for him in his last chapter.
I don’t like Nesta. That’s all I have to say on that for now. I’m still gonna try to hear her out in ACOSF but I still can not stand her.
I’ve felt rather indifferent about Morrigan so I wasn’t immediately excited about her POV. I think she has a big problem with self medicating like we’ve seen from her in previous books but it felt more prevalent to me in this book. I know there is much to learn about her but it seems that she is maybe trying to change her current trajectory. I do want to learn more about her after hearing her voice here.
This book does have an open door scene that doesn’t last very long but their is innuendo throughout.
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