Hello, book lovers! 💕
I’m going to preface all of this by saying there will most likely be spoilers considering this is the fourth book in a series. So if you haven’t read the other books in this series, or even if you haven’t read this book yet, I might suggest not reading my review.
I also don’t normally review books in a series after book one, but I felt like I needed to talk about this one. Or more like gush about it. So without any further ado, let’s get onto the review!
The following is from Goodreads:
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.
I honestly don’t know where to start with this because my thoughts are all over the place, but not in a bad way. This book was four years in the making. So naturally I forgot a good amount of the details that happened in the previous book, A Court of Wings and Ruin. But me being me, I didn’t want to reread the previous books in the series before reading this book for the main reason that each book is really long (like 600-700 pages each). And would take me months to get through. And I didn’t want to wait to read A Court of Silver Flames.
Luckily, Sarah J. Maas did a good job at refreshing my memory in the beginning of the book by including a prologue that kind of recapped what happened at the end of the last book, with Nesta being Made in the Cauldron and becoming High Fae.
I think that the main thing that I really enjoyed about this installment was the character development of Nesta. I remember in the previous books not liking her at all. She was really snotty and stuck up, and I was kind of worried about how she would be in this book. But I was pleasantly surprised about how much she grew by the end of the story.
She went from drinking every night and having meaningless sex to becoming a warrior. And her reasons for the way she acted in the beginning were kind of understandable; she was trying to block out the memories that she had of the day she was Made and the horrors that surrounded it. But she was forced to overcome that and change her coping mechanisms with the help of Feyre and most of all, Cassian.
Which brings me to my next point. The relationship between Nesta and Cassian. It was almost like an enemies to lovers situation because Nesta really didn’t want anything to do with Cassian in the beginning. She held a grudge towards him because he was forced to train her when she really didn’t want to.
But eventually, it became more and more steamy between them and they couldn’t hide their feelings for each other. And once they admitted their feelings, oh my God did it get steamy. Like to the point of graphic. So I’d say that this book isn’t for a younger audience; it definitely has very mature content. And very often.
And to me, I felt like that part of the story was a little excessive. I don’t mind steamy scenes every so often, but this was a bit over the top. At least for me. I felt like the book could have been a bit shorter if some of those scenes were taken out.
But either way, I was hooked on this book from the start. I listened to the audiobook, since long books intimidate me. And because of that, I flew through it. I was at the edge of my seat until the very end.
And that ending! I really hope the next book doesn’t take another four years to come out because I want it now!!!
So there you have it. Those were my thoughts on A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas. Have you read this book or this series? What are your thoughts on it? I’d love to chat about it in the comments below!
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