A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The richly built fantasy world physically overlaps the territory of the British Isles and Northern Europe, which is fun to follow, and the plot here involves some detail about art and painting.
Strong messages of friendship, community, endurance, hope, and rebuilding after catastrophic destruction.
Positive Role Models
Feyre and Rhysand carry heavy responsibility and work hard to do the right thing as they try to rebuild trust and restore societies (and souls) destroyed by centuries of violence. Most of the supporting characters are on their good behavior for the holiday celebrations, so kind deeds and moments of friendship are frequent. Darker, more murderous characters make an appearance, suggesting future plot developments.
Violence & Scariness
Compared to earlier installments, there's relatively little gore, though atrocities, massacres of the past get vivid flashbacks, from murder and torture to rape, imprisonment, and forced magical transformation from human to faerie. Most characters, human and faerie, have suffered terrible losses in the centuries of warfare; physical and emotional scars are everywhere.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Readers who seek a prolonged, palace-rattling sex scene between protagonists Feyre and Rhysand as they depart the series' center stage will not be disappointed. More emotionally fraught, soul-conflicting romance looms as Nesta and Cassian move into the spotlight in preparation for the next installment. A plot element involves menstrual cycles among immortals. Looming on other fronts: parenthood?
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As in the previous books, characters use a lot of crude language and swear words -- e.g., "f--k," "s--t," "piss," "pr--k," "bastard," "ass," "hell," "damn." Sometimes as terms of endearment.
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Products & Purchases
As a transitional book between two Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Frost and Starlight includes a hefty preview of the upcoming series launch featuring longtime supporting characters Nesta and Cassian.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Thanks in part to the holiday festivities, there's a fair amount of drunken carousing, and ensuing hangovers, among the adult characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Court of Frost and Starlight is a shorter than usual installment in the dark, passionate Court of Thorns and Roses series. It's meant to wind up the plot involving now-immortal Feyre and her mate, Rhysand, and introduce a new series featuring supporting characters Nesta and Cassian -- the first of what promises to be many spin-offs. Most surviving characters from the previous three books put in an appearance at the holiday celebrations in this brief tale, which manages to include most series staples: wild faerie sex, potty-mouthed immortals ("f--k," "s--t," "piss," "pr--k," and "bastard," as well as "damn," "hell," etc.), star-crossed (and worse) romance, and complicated (if well-intentioned) relationships. With destruction and warfare in the past, for the moment at least, there's a lot less violence and gore than in the earlier books, but there are some dark flashbacks and forebodings along with upbeat messages of hope. Note: As of the Feb. 26, 2021, release of the next book, A Court of Silver Flames: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 4, this series has been repositioned for an adult audience.
Is It Any Good?
There's more festivity, less darkness in this hopeful series installment, but evil forces haven't gone away. Immortals gather to celebrate the solstice in A Court of Frost and Starlight, and protagonists Feyre and Rhysand have epic sex before moving offstage, setting up the forthcoming spin-off centered on another couple, Nesta and Cassian. Along the way, there's at least a cameo appearance by most recurring characters -- along with enough potential plot threads to keep the Court of Thorns and Roses series fans reading for years.
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