Review | A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas

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After so many brushes with death, it was only a matter of time until it stuck.

Published: February 16, 2021

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Pages: 757 (Hardcover)

Series: A Court of Thornes and Roses #4

5 Stars

What did you wake that day in Hybern, Prince of Bastards?

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.

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Hello, all. Long time no talk!

I haven’t been writing or really reading much lately just from general exhaustion and other factors, but it seemed fitting that my return to my blog would be to talk about the generational masterpiece that is A Court of Silver Flames. I have been waiting for this book since BEFORE A Court of Wings and Ruin even came out, which is like well over four years.

And it did not disappoint.

I want to start by saying that this book has a litany of trigger warnings to include; rape, sexual assault, PTSD, trauma, and a slew of other things that will make this book incredibly heavy and not for the faint of heart. In the effort to make this review reader centered in the fact that it both warns prospective readers and doesn’t spoil any serious plot points of the book, I wanted to include those more general warnings.

In the long awaited return to the world of Prythian, Maas gives us a novel that will no longer having readers question if the book is YA or Adult. This novel is solidly rooted in the New Adult/Adult realm and can be more categorized as a romance with fantasy elements as opposed to a fantasy with romance elements. While the three book arc that was Feyre’s story had an overarching fantasy/action storyline that was the central driving factor, Silver Flames focuses mainly on the romance between Cassian and Nesta with little hints of action/fantasy elements sprinkled in. There is, of course, an antagonist and a continuation of the world recovering from war, with power grabs and questions left unanswered from the ending of ACOWAR, but it was really a backdrop to the main story and fizzled more quickly than I would have liked, but I can’t complain.

I had just completed a re-read of ACOMAF, ACOWAR, and ACOFAS, and I’m so glad I read those again before picking up Silver Flames. Everything was fresh and in the forefront of my mind, and it helped me to see allllll the ways that Silver Flames is different and similar to the rest of the series. Silver Flames is 100x more grown up. I could tell that from the first few pages; it was an adult novel, full stop. Nesta was a character that was flawed almost beyond salvation, and I was honestly not really looking forward to her story, but Maas was able to take her character and give her the arc of the century, without taking away from her as a person. It was a deeply personal, harrowing, and emotional storyline and was really the main focus of the story. And it felt damn good.

The romance in here was top notch. Like, nothing could really compare. It was everything I wanted and more. I couldn’t have been happier. Enemies to lovers is my literal favorite trope, so pulling it into my favorite series was just an extra special treat for me. Those who were unhappy with her sex scenes in the past will hopefully be much happier with them now, as they no longer…. hold back, as they did in the “YA” books. Just…. wow. Gonna leave it at that. I love that we got a third person POV in this, as well. It was nice to be able to get insight from all the characters as opposed to being limited to only Nesta’s thoughts/feelings in her journey. I loved Cassian’s parts and being able to see inside his head, as well. He’s a fan favorite of the series and I love having the hero’s point of view in my romance novels, so that was also an extra special portion of the book for me.

Basically, I loved this. I don’t want to just ramble on and on (even though I could), but this was really exactly what I wanted for the continuation of this series. I will be re-reading this book, probably in the near future, and I cannot wait to see what else comes out of this series and I will be a very happy reader if it just continues forever.

Happy reading
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