Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorn and Roses #3.1
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Page count: 239
Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, but mostly Young Adult Romance
Themes: Love, redemption, healing
My Rating: 4.5★/5
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This book takes place weeks after the war from A Court of Wings and Ruin, in the heart of where Rhys and Feyre have choosen their home: Velaris. In this novella, you follow the relationships between Feyre and Rhys, and also get a better glimpse at how Azriel, Cassian, and Lucian are healing after the war. While some healing, I’m talking about you Elain and Nesta, needs more time than others, the novella focuses on the themes of love and healing, and how in order to accept love, one has to heal. This novella explores those themes during the preparations of the festivity of the Winter Solstice, their version of Christmas.
Synopsis by the publisher
Narrated by Feyre and Rhysand, this bridges the events in A Court of Wings and Ruin and the upcoming novels in the series.
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.
Is this a must-read to the series?
This book is like the movie Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas. Is it important to the storyline? No. But is it cute as hell? Yes
In other words, I don’t think this book is absolutely necessary into the series. There isn’t much action that drive the trilogy further. Instead, this book offers more background information on Rhys, shows more love scenes between Feyre and Rhys, minor action events on the minor characters, and shows their adjusted lives after the war. I can see Sarah J. Maas summarizing the plot of this book in the next installment of the series, set to be published in 2021.
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Do I recommend this book?
I recommend this book to the die-hard fans who love the trilogy. As a die hard fan, I found this book really cute with love scenes, more details about the minor characters in their point of views, and I got to grow my appreciation to Velaris.
I don’t recommend this book to those looking for a book for full of fantasy, action, and blood. This book focuses more on the themes of love and healing.
I recommend this book as a prelude to the next installment of the series that is yet to be published. You can wait to read this book right before the next book.
I recommend this book to those looking for a cute Christmas story, or for those looking for some light reading. The Winter Solstice is their version of a Christmas holiday where they all decorate, get gifts for one another, and spend time together.
Things to consider before you choose to read the book:
- Read this book after you have read the first three books in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This book will spoil the events that happened in the trilogy.
- Although this book does take place right after the war in A Court of Wings and Ruin, the book does summarize the series and events that take place. I haven’t read about the world since 2018, and I appreciated that this book reminded me what happened in the books, and who was who.
- This is a short read. It’s a little over 200 pages, but it is fast paced.
- This book is more of a romance novel than a fantasy novel. There was no fights, no bad guys, and no threats in this book. I only enjoyed the novel because I love the characters so much, and reading how they react with one another. For that reason, this book has received mixed criticism. Some people loved it, and some people felt “eh” about it.
- This book does offer multiple points of views. It’s not like Six of Crows, with every chapter being a different point of view. This book was mostly narrated by Feyre, with Rhysand in second, and a few chapters with a third person point of view of Cassian, and Mor.
- There is a sex scene in this book. When it comes to heterosexual love scenes, I often skim through it. But if you like reading sex scenes, this one is very detailed.
- This book talks about Feyre’s menstrual cylces! I still find weird that authors don’t include these details about their cis female characters. Talking about menstrual cycles humanizes characters, and connects readers with the characters. Isn’t that authors want?
- Both the kindle and the print copies include a chapter from the next installment in the series. Links to purchase the books are above!
Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.
To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return.
To the stars who listen, Feyre.
To the dreams that are answered, Rhys.
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