I was a bit late getting my copy of the book, so when I started reading it I had already read quite a lot of mixed reviews, so I was very aware that this book was not as widely loved as the previous ones in the ACOTAR series. But I really did like it a lot more than expected! It was so good to be back in the beautiful world that Sarah J Maas has created and to catch up with all of the fave characters like Feyre, Rhys, Cassian, Azriel and Mor again.
In this novella we get to see the aftermath of the war in Velaris and the rebuilding of the city as well as some insights to the next installment, but most of the focus was on the inner circle preparing and then celebrating the Winter Solstice. There were also some new potential romances and some slow developments of the romances we have already begun to see, but I’d (of course) love to get so much more of that!
The book is told in alternating points of view, which was a new take that I really liked! It’s mainly told in first person by Feyre and Rhysand, but there are some chapters that are told in third person by Cassian and Mor, which made it much more interesting and added to the understanding of what they had been and was going through. There really is so much more to explore from the other members of the inner circle, especially Azriel! I’m so curious about his shadows. I also liked reading about Tamlin, even though it was mostly depressing. I have a feeling his situation is going to change soon.
This book was so short it only took me a few hours to read it. In a way I would rather have waited for a “full” book instead of this novella, but on the other hand, I’m always happy to get into the ACOTAR-world and to get anything new to read… There are some things I did not like though: all the focus on getting Solstice presents made the story drag a bit, and the relationship between Feyre and Rhys was beginning to feel a bit like an old married couple spending too much time working and talking about doing it, but never really getting it on… But besides those minor reservations, it was a really fun and great read. Not near as good as ACOMAF, but still definitely good enough for me to eagerly await the next book in the series! (Especially after reading the sneak peek of the next book, it really got me intrigued!)
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