Hello humans! Since it’s the end of the month and that means a lot of TBRs and Wrap-Ups I thought it was probably time for a mini review. That means a slightly shorter review than normal (although I’m only at the start of this post, who knows – my mind might wander?). So yes, I was one of the masses who caved and bought Sarah J Maas’ novella A Court of Frost and Ruin. Honestly, I can’t remember why…I was internet hypnotised or something. A lot has already been said about this book and this series as a whole but allow me to add my thoughts to this mix.
Hope warms the coldest night.
Feyre, Rhys, 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 far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
I’ll start by saying that if you are a die-hard fan of this series then, realistically, this book was written for you. As far as I could tell while reading, it doesn’t serve much of a plot purpose other than setting up where everyone stands as the series moves on. It could easily have been edited down to be the first couple of chapters in a full book (ok maybe not easily, but you see my point). So for those of us who aren’t that invested in these characters, it doesn’t quite pack a punch. But I can see the appeal for those who really enjoy these books to see these characters do ‘normal’ things like prepare for a winter festival.
I think one of the difficulties this faced was that it clearly doesn’t want to take away from whatever character development is coming in later books. So, while this story does explore the way these characters are healing from the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin, it can’t fully resolve any of those issues, in part that’s because these things aren’t simple to fix, even in a world with magic, but it’s also because there’s clearly some development being saved for full books later.
Sarah J Maas books have always fallen into the same pile for me, where I find them – broadly speaking – entertaining, if you don’t think too hard about them. This book didn’t have the same amount of action as I would have liked, but that was predictable from the off.
Obviously, this isn’t going to be true of all fans, but I would imagine that the majority of those who love this series will at least enjoy this novella. What will really interest me is if, in later books, Maas addresses some of the criticisms levelled at her books where the first three read very similarly.
My rating: 3/5 stars
All opinions are my own
What say you? Are you a fan of this series or not really bothered? Let me know in the comments below!