The last couple of weeks I have been utterly enthralled with reading, not with reading any of the two dozen new books I purchased to read, no, rather with rereading my favorite Sarah J. Maas books, mostly because of deleted scenes that I had yet to discover and in anticipation of the “fifth” book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, A Court of Silver Flames, which will be released on February 16, 2021. I put “fifth” in quotation marks because technically A Court of Frost and Starlight is a novella, I reread it today but being that it’s just over 200 pages, lacks a real plot, and is more of a filler romance novel with some character building to bridge the gap between the end of the initial trilogy and the continuation of the series that Sarah J. Maas is launching, it only took a couple of hours. Initially, A Court of Silver Flames release date was advertised for January but it seems to have been delayed and I haven’t seen any news discussing why that is including on Sarah J. Maas’ own website. There are multiple versions being released, each with its own “exclusive content.” I anticipate that people with different exclusive content will share it online through fandom websites almost as soon as the books are released because the fandom is both large and seems to thrive on such things. When the book is released I will be seeking to find links to each of these scenes to provide within my review and where in the book to stop and read the scene, as I have done with the two deleted scenes from the Throne of Glass series ‘Heir of Fire’ deleted scene and with the A Court of Thorns and Roses series ‘A Court of Wings and Ruin’ deleted scene.
One thing that I have a love-hate relationship with within reading wildly popular books and series like this or anticipating reading books or series with large fandoms is that then I also want to consume all of the fan writing. All the while, at the same time being afraid to do so, lest the original true story become too blended in my mind with those that are made up or I fall so in love with the plot a fandom comes up with that I wind up hating the original story. Be it the Percy Jackson novels by Rick Riordan, the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (a series I’ve never read but feel as though I need to read if only for the fandom writing), the Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer (again, I’ve never read), or my current obsession over the writings of Sarah J. Maas. I feel as though I need to learn how to book bind if only to read my favorite fan writing and put it in it’s own place on my shelves. How beautiful would it be to make my own covers and novels with the writing that I so love to read? But, alas, that seems a rather far off fantasy because I don’t know how to book bind, format novels, and certainly not how to make the fancy embossed covers I imagine in my fantasies, and I hate paperback books so I’d have to learn to make fancy hardback books.