Recently, I decided to buddy read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series with one of my friends – we were both reading this series for the first time, trying to read the original books before A Court of Silver Flames came out (and we made it!). Though I have strong opinions about the rest of this series – A Court of Frost and Starlight stands out for how truly terrible it is.
This book reads like shitty fanfiction. The overall quality of writing is much lower than the rest of the ACOTAR trilogy – this book feels like it was (poorly) ghost written. Aside from the spectacularly bad writing, the plot was just… non-existent. Nothing happens. It’s basically a bad Christmas special – 272 pages of nothing.
Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions 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.
This book seems to exist to make Nesta into a villain – which is incredibly ironic given that she’s going through a similar mental health spiral that her sister, Feyre went through. Instead of the thoughtful emotional support Feyre received, everyone seemed to be hellbent on shitting on Nesta for how she was handling her mental health. I guess if you don’t worship at the altar of Rhysand, you aren’t worthy of mental health support. This book was truly a turning point for me in this series – this was where I started to really dislike everyone but Nesta.
I can’t believe that I didn’t DNF A Court of Frost and Starlight – even a handful of pages in, I knew how bad it was. This book was a clear low effort cash grab that reminds me a lot of the fourth and fifth books of the Selection series (they were terrible and did not need to exist). If you are planning on reading the ACOTAR series, skip this book. 1/5