A Court of Frost and Starlight: A Court of Thorns and Roses, Book 4

Book review by
Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Festive, less violent installment sizzles with faerie sex.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

Strong messages of friendship, community, endurance, hope, and rebuilding after catastrophic destruction.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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

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.

Sex

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?

Language

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.

Consumerism

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.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byStacey L. May 29, 2018

Not for children.

This book is not for children. The sex scenes are not suitable for children. I only put 16+ because that is legal age here in Australia so I guess that is an ok... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byalways7snape September 9, 2018

No plot...just smut

Do not go into this book expecting plot development- cause there isn't any. This book reads like a fanfiction. I went in hoping for fluff- and got a whole... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byTbrslayer May 20, 2018

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?

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