Book Review: A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas

Warning! This book review of ACOFAS contains mild slander. This is where things get absolutely ridiculous. A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J. Maas was defined “lush, romantic and ferocious” and even “spellbinding” by another NYT bestselling author and I am trying to figure out if they read the book.

(Review contains spoilers.)

Book review of ACOFAS by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight official cover art
A Court of Frost and Starlight official cover art

My rating: ★★ (2/5)

Summary: It’s Winter Solstice or something. Feyre & Co. go shop for gifts. Nesta and Cassian have toxic foreplay. Sometimes Feyre paints.

Genre: Romance, Fantasy (???)

Audience: Young Adult/New Adult (???)

Themes/potential trigger warnings: absence of plot, a lot of WAFF, sky-fucking, people coming at the sight of their kids

A Published Fanfiction

I guess this was a longer epilogue than one would normally go for?

There’s a pattern in the ACOTAR books where there is one ending, but in the next book there is a jump and everyone’s depressed or having the same problems they solved in the previous installment.

I guess ACOFAS is a published Christmas fanfiction of ACOTAR. There’s not much going on here other than introducing some other POVs told in the third person instead of Feyre and Rhysand’s first-person narrative. I am assuming the author wanted to use this book as a transition for the next part of the series.

This honestly felt like just a book for Tamlin slander. Apparently, the reader can’t decide in autonomy who to like and who to dislike. Also, why Tamlin? He received less dialogue than the Attor or the Bone Carver at this point. I can’t take him seriously.

Women empower—what?

I also felt like this was the confirmation that the “women empowerment” bit from previous books was just marketing. Feyre is happily mated. At 21, she decides she wants to have babies with Rhysand although she said they have time and that she wants to experience life and life with him first. So much for that. Decorate the house and build us a nursery, Feyre! You heard your man. Go do it.

I am down with badass heroines and feminist writing, but it has to be exactly that. It’s Rhysand’s actions and ideas that defined Feyre’s character, instead of it being her doing.

ACOFAS transports us in this alternate reality where Feyre, the High-freaking-Lady of the Night Court, is wondering how to pay for stuff (while Rhysand apparently owns uncapped credit cards and wealth that lasts for x lifetimes) and why nobody has a secretary. The pinnacle of her epic journey is to have a painting school for children traumatized by an attack on the city. While it could’ve been a cozy ending for Feyre, the book only confirms that Feyre is a self-insert character. In fact, the MC decides it’s time for her to have children (while she didn’t want them so soon, according to ACOWAR) because the author found out she was pregnant while she was writing the story (see the acknowledgment page). In the end, Feyre conforms to most romance books’ HEA endings involving kids and marriage, even when the character itself said she had a different goal in mind.

The fifth installment of the ACOTAR series is A Court of Silver Flames. You can find my review here.