Okay. Okay. I will try to be objective about this one but I just finished ACOWAR and I am still riding that emotional high.
To summarize: for a companion novel – not bad at all. It’s full of cotton-candy fluff, and I devoured every single bite.
Now, this one was a bit heavy on the smut and a bit light on the Nessian but it definitely had all the right feels in all the right places.
Stars flickered around us, sweet darkness sweeping in. As if we were the only souls in a galaxy.
For those who don’t know (and are curious) this novel sprang from a very drunk conversation between Sarah J. Maas (aka the Maaster) and her publisher.
Maas confessed that in her free time that she wrote fanfiction of her work. Just little drabbles of what happened in between ACOWAR and her next novel. The publisher thought, we could sell that…
And thus, this novel was born.
So, keeping the origins in mind, I really liked this novel.
There wasn’t a big-bad or end-of-the-world subplot, not much plot development happened BUT this was a fun and lighthearted read.
And honestly, after ACOWAR, these characters deserve a few
months years off from the doom-and-gloom.
“Dangerous words, Rhysand,” Amren warned, strutting through the door, nearly swallowed up by the enormous white fur coat she wore. Only her chin-length dark hair and solid silver eyes were visible above the collar. She looked—
“You look like an angry snowball,” Cassian said.
Feyre and friends are spending their first winter solstice (aka Christmas without Christ) together. And despite the warmth of the hearth, not all of the winter chill is kept out.
Feyre frets about reuniting her family.
Rhysand freaks out about what to buy her (Solstice and birthday presents!!).
Mor is absolutely terrible at expressing her feelings (and gift-giving in general).
And Amren makes out like a bandit (mostly cause everyone knows what to buy her – priceless jewels).
And, of course, Nesta being Nesta made this novel shine.
Every time she and Cassian are in the same room the dynamic between them is just perfect.
He’d seen Nesta in that particular pose, too. He called it her I Will Slay My Enemies pose.
Cassian had named about two dozen poses for Nesta at this point. Ranging from I Will Eat Your Eyes for Breakfast to I Don’t Want Cassian to Know I’m Reading Smut. The latter was his particular favorite.
I know this is just a companion novel and that there won’t be much development in terms of relationships but c’mon Sarah J. Maas. Throw us a bone. (Actually, if you read the sneak peek at book 4 included at the end, I suppose she does offer us a bit of relationship hints).
I am so emotionally invested in this series right now. I wish I could just time-machine myself into next year for book 4. But until I get that working, this companion novel will certainly tide me over.
P.s. I got to read the hand-stamped version of Sarah J. Maas’s book. All I could think of the whole time was – ohmygosh. She touched the book