A Court of Silver Flames
Updated: Jul 14, 2021
Rating - ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2
"Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she's struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can't seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.
The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre's Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta's orbit. But her temper isn't the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.
Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.
Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other's arms."
A Court of Silver Flames is the 5th installment in the fantasy (now new adult) series A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
I went into this with great trepidation. As this book is now centered on Nesta, I was unsure about whether or not I was going to read this because I was one of the people who did not like her... at all. Still though, when this became available at my library, I managed to snag the very first copy of it before the wait list became 6 months long.
Now, while my dislike towards Nesta persisted throughout most of the book, there was character growth in the end as Nesta finally came to terms with her trauma and behaviour due to it. I also really liked the new characters in this and their relationship with Nesta. It definitely made tolerating her way easier and it also gave her a crutch to lean on besides Cassian, who I still think deserved better than her.
Despite the fact that I overall enjoyed reading this, there were some aspects I didn't like (aside from Nesta). As with most SJM books, most of the content is focused on the build-up to the climax. Usually, that would be fine, but with this book, you had like 700 pages of Nesta vs. Cassian with some extra plot sprinkled in, and then a climax that was completely underwhelming. The final with the antagonist lasted like two pages. It just felt like, while I did enjoy what I was reading, the book could have been way shorter and it would have had the same effect.
Although there were minor hiccups, my interest is still peaked for the next book. Hopefully this time, we get Azriel as the main character because he is entirely undervalued in the series.