This short book is the fourth in the series, and gives readers a snapshot of our band of friends preparing for the Winter Solstice. This is a deep dive into the pleasures and trauma of Feyre’s newfound family in their lives together after the war. Maas takes a pretty big departure from the overall storyline to do some deep character dives. There is hardly any action, although there is plenty of drama. I would go so far as to say this is a cozy read for those looking for a wintery romance to settle down with.
I forgot how much I love this cast of characters, and this short book was satisfactory in reminding me how much fun I can have with them. In this way, this book was incredibly satisfying. This is only about their interactions with each other, their hopes and dreams, and their trauma. Having heard that most people weren’t thrilled about the lack of plot development and action, I went into this book not expecting much and was pleasantly surprised.
I was both a little sad about Mor and Amren’s current state of affairs, and heartened by their continued snarky sense of humor. They make their own decisions, right or wrong, and Rhys and his court back them up with whatever they choose. Gift giving with them seems like it would never be dull!
Cassian, Azriel, and Rhysand are my favorite male squad. They have such genuine love for each other, and let each other be silly and youthful. Their snowball scene filled me with such joy. I can’t wait for my own cozy winter filled with snowball fights with my friends! At the same time, they understand each others’ trauma and make space for the pain of the past to linger with them.
I can’t get enough of Feyre and Rhys’s relationship, and this book was filled with steamy and explicit bits concerning these two. Their bond seems like an incredibly passionate thing, and the small sensual details that Maas throws in, when they are enjoying things other than each other add a little something. It’s clear that they care for each other and support each other, which is amazing. I love when Maas ties memories of their past before they became lovers into the story, allowing Feyre to re-experience her memories with Rhys now that she knows they are bonded.
This short novel was definitely enough to tide me over until the next installment, and I’m glad for the short and cozy reprieve it provides.