“And from far away, as if it was carried on the cold wind, I heard the Suriel’s voice. Feyre Archeron, a request. Leave this world a better place than how you found it.”
Read in May 2018
My Rating: 3.8 of 5 stars
I have very conflicted feelings about this book. Yes, I kind of liked it but was it really worth to be a full book? I found it too short and in the end, I’ve got the feeling that nothing really happened. This novella doesn’t have an actual plot but it serves as a bridge between A Court of Wings and Ruin and A Court of whatever-book-4-will-be-called (which has also been postponed to somewhere in 2020). In the end, what frustrated me the most is that we waited a full year for a 229-pages-meh-novella (that could almost be named an epilogue) and now we have to wait two more years for an actual book. I know SJM had a baby and all but still, as a reader, I don’t like when an author is turning a book into a novella just for the sake of it.
That being said, the novella was not fluffy nor tragic, as mentioned earlier the plot was basically non-existent, we just read for 229 pages about Feysand having sex and Feyre walking around in Velaris and shopping for the winter solstice. I liked the parts focusing on Feyre’s healing but I guess I wanted more on the rest of the inner-circle because we already read a full book about Feyre and Rhysand healing their PTSD and it would have been a nice change if we could read about Azriel, Tamlin, Mor or Amren who all must have different ways to overcome traumas (and Nesta and Cassian but I’m coming to that part).
“I have to create, or it was all for nothing. I have to create, or I will crumple up with despair and never leave my bed. I have to create because I have no other way of voicing this.”
So yes, my favourite part was Nesta POV (Cassian’s being close second), it was so dark and so intriguing, it really boosted my interest and eagerness for the next book. I could really feel her pain, the way she felt like she didn’t belong in her own skin. I could really relate to her self-abuses. Nessian ship needs to sail right now. Also, I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THE SNEAK PEAK FOR THE NEXT BOOK. Last but not least, I really enjoyed how the power of healing through art was portrayed. Art is an important way to express and I loved Feyre’s idea of opening a free art studio for kids who are going through their own traumas.
Have you read this book? What did you think about it?