I don’t understand why this novella exists. Any work of fiction, from short story to epic, needs a beginning, middle and end. A Court of Frost and Starlight fails to have even the basic structure that would render it a complete story. There’s no climax, no central conflict, barely even a semblance of non-superfluous character development. A few inconsequential conversations are had, Sarah trots out her usual litany of empty platitudes, and then the novella ends. If there’s a silver lining to A Court of Frost and Starlight, it’s that the whole thing is “only” 200-odd pages. That’s 200 pages in which essentially nothing happens but seeing as Sarah gets wordier and wordier with every publication, you know it could get even more mind-numbingly boring than it already is. With the rapid pace at which Maas is churning out at least two huge novels a year, it’s not surprising that editing has been completely tossed out the window. Overall, this book was horrible, and a waste of time. I highly recommend skipping this book altogether since it does nothing for the plot. Rating – 1/5.
- @Average_Bookworm of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
What. A. Story. I truly love her writing and am never disappointed. Here, we have a novella/bridge of sorts, between the three "A court of" books and the next three to come. I was hooked from the first page and left enthralled at the last, where it ended with the heartbreaking excerpt for the next book. It saddens me to see that Feyre and Rhysand's story has come to an end, but it is one that I am deeply content with. I do have to say, this is very "fan-fiction-y" for all the fans out there, so read on, but tread with care! To all the dreamers out there - this is only the beginning. 5/5 stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library