Feyre, Rhys, and their close-knit circle of friends are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve.
Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.
- Characters: 10/10
Exploring the characters in more depth seems to be the whole point of this book, really. All your favourites are back and trying to come to terms with what happened in ACOWAR. Yes, there’s plenty of Feyre and Rhysand, but I particularly liked how this book allowed us to gain a better understanding of the other characters. It was nice to have some Cassian POV chapters and as a result I think I ended up with a much bigger appreciation for his character. The biggest biggest surprise for me was when the reader was shown Nesta’s POV. I’ve never really liked her (and I still don’t really) but after this book I really think I understand her so much more than I did before. Basically, this book was fab in terms of character development – for pretty much everyone!
- Plot: 3/10
Alas, there really is little/ no plot to this book. The few points it gets are for how it sets up the plot for the next book. There were definitely a few moments when I thought “oh, that’ll be interesting” only to realise it would be developed no further within the novel. This book is essentially pure character development, with the only action consisting of Feyre going shopping and doing paperwork – how exciting…
Honestly, it’s not too bad if you love the characters as much as I do (I could read 1000 pages of just Rhys trying to put together an IKEA bookshelf and I’d be engrossed) but I’m afraid, if I’m being honest, I have to score it pretty low for plot.
- Writing: 9/10
The writing is beautiful as always. The description is on point and I love how Maas writes the dialogue throughout the book. There’s plenty of banter and witty comments, yet it all feels natural. I really like it when Maas writes action scenes – it’s one of my favourite parts of her writing. Unfortunately, due to the plot, there wasn’t really any action so I missed reading this side of her writing.
- Enjoyment: 5/10
It certainly wasn’t the most thrilling book I’ve ever read but, you know what, I kinda enjoyed it. It was quite relaxing to read and I loved reading about all my favourite characters again. However, I couldn’t shake the feeling throughout that I was reading a random ACOWAR fan-fiction, instead of the actual next book. Also, unfortunately, the lack of action really reduced my enjoyment.
- Overall: 6.75/10
ACOFAS is like the smaller, younger, sweeter sister of ACOWAR, who’s obsessed with shopping and cries at the sight of blood. Yes, it’s a bit bland but you get to read about all your favourite characters and delve deeper into some that haven’t been as heavily featured before. So it’s not bad, per se.