I wasn’t stupid enough to believe that though the war had ended, all wounds had been healed.
Published: May 1st, 2018
Pages: 272 (Hardcover)
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #3.5
Feyre Archeron, a request. Leave this world a better place than how you found it.
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.
This little novella was lovely and was exactly what I had wanted. I’ve been waiting what feels like forever to get another glimpse of my friends in Prythian, and while this certainly wasn’t a novel, it was just enough to soothe my soul before another year long wait for the next one.
There wasn’t a central plot to this, it was more like catching up with everyone as they settle into their new lives in Velaris and prepare for their first holiday at home. I’ve seen a lot of more negative reviews about the fact that this book didn’t have a plot, but I’m not mad about it at all, I was never expecting it to have one. This was everything I hoped for in a novella; we got to see all our favorite characters and what they’re doing now that the war has ended, which was all I had really wanted. We got all the classic banter, steamy romance, magic, and intriguing court politics that I loved about the previous books, just in a shorter format. It was both a deep book and a lighter read because it was short and easy to breeze through, but it was also dealing with a lot of deeper issues that the previous book lead up too.
Everything about this was just perfect for me. I loved seeing Feyre settle into her role as High Lady and try to balance her new duties while still staying true to herself and her passions. While she now has more money than she could have dreamed of and great power, both her magical abilities and new social status, she never strayed from who she is. This might sound weird, but I’m glad we got to see everyone struggle in this book. I think it would have been both unrealistic and untrue to the characters had they all been happy and moving on with their lives. Their struggles to rebuild, physical and emotional, and their hope at creating a new world is what made this novella what is was.
Also, can we talk about that teaser in the back?! There had been a lot of speculation about who the next books were going to follow and I’m so pumped that not only were my suspicions confirmed, but we get three more books with them! I was so nervous that the next book was going to follow some other random Fae from this world and that we wouldn’t get to see anymore from the Inner Circle but the teaser at the end was a dream come true. I really wanted more books before, but now I’m dying for the next one. I’ll keep everyone updated through my Instagram account as soon as more details are announced! But for now, we wait another long and painful year.
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