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The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What 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.
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What's the story?
After the relationship roller coasters, vicious intrigue, and world-shattering violence of the previous installments, Feyre and Rhysand are hard at work strengthening the hard-won peace and rebuilding A COURT OF FROST AND STARLIGHT. As the winter solstice celebrations loom at the court, the immortal couple hosts a gathering of beloved friends and family -- and worries that Feyre's traumatized, furious sister Nesta, who's been forced into faerie form against her will, won't make an appearance. Or if she does, it might be worse.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how holiday gatherings in A Court of Frost and Starlight are used as a device to tell the story of the people in attendance. What other gatherings are used for the same reason?
What are the challenges of rebuilding your world and your community after destruction and disaster? Where would you start?
As Feyre discovers the hard way, hormone surges among the immortals make PMS fun by comparison. What other unexpected consequences might you have to deal with if you found yourself transformed into a fantasy character?
- Author: Sarah J. Maas
- Genre: Fantasy
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Brothers and Sisters, Friendship
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
- Publication date: May 10, 2018
- Number of pages: 229
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
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