A Court of Silver Flames
by Sarah J. Maas
Synopsis: 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.
Ladies and gentlemen, the time we’ve all been waiting for has come. “A court of Silver Flames” came out just a few days ago and I am here today to bring you my thoughts and opinions about this long awaited book. I think this book was the most anticipated read of 2021 for most of us and darlings let me tell you the wait was worth it! 2020 was a year with a lot of disappointments, and I am not talking covid here, but about the ACOTAR change of covers and the lack of “and” in the title of ACOSF. However, these rather small details did not change the quality of this amazing franchise of books. “A Court of Silver Flames” reached all of my expectations for Nessian’s story.
Before I start getting in depth about my feelings about ACOSF, I want to address a few things that are happening right now on twitter, tumblr and booktok. Besides the fact that these platforms are full of spoilers, UNDISCLAIMED SPOILERS, there is a lot of hate surrounding our newest Sarah J. Maas release. It infuriates me to see such hate addressed towards not just the author, but also towards those who bought and loved this book. “A Court of Silver Flames” is a book about recovery, about getting help and trying to get better and it pains me to see so many people disrespecting those who found themselves in this heartwarming book. It is so sad that we live in a cancel culture society, where you cannot express your love for certain things, things that make you happy, and not only that, but also make you grow as a person. I’m terribly upset and disappointed by our book community. I am totally aware that ACOSF is not the best book out there, but there is no such thing as a perfect book and we should accept that and respect other’s preferences. If you did not like this book express your opinion respectfully, giving arguments to your thesis.
Now that I said what I had to say let’s talk about how incredible this book was for so many reasons. I think Sarah J. Maas did such a great job in portraying Nesta’s journey. Nesta was one the most broken character I’ve ever read about and I think there are a lot of people who find her story relatable and inspiring. It was painful to read how much Nesta loathed being alive, being herself. She treated her family horribly because she had so much hate and anger piled up inside herself and she was genuinely unable to get better, to seek help, to improve herself. It was so fresh to see Velaris and the inner circle through her eyes. Many people changed their opinion about the inner circle, but her point of view made me love these characters even more, seeing a much more realistic and less perfect version of themselves. I noticed that some readers do not like to see a character’s bad attitude, which bothers me, because no one should be perfect and Rhys and Feyre certainly aren’t. Did Rhys’s attitude towards Nesta annoyed me a bit? Of course it did, but he had every reason to act like that being the fact that Nesta not only treated her sisters poorly, but herself, transforming herself into a morally degraded character who needed help as soon as possible. Feyre’s decision to send Nesta training with Cassian saved her sister’s life, even though she forced her into it. I’ve never hated Nesta and I’ve always acknowledged her trauma as I acknowledged Feyre’s and Elain’s as well as Tamlin’s. Yes, I am that person who wishes Tamlin a good life and recovery.
I was actually surprised by the amount of plot that Sarah included in this book. To be honest with you, I thought this book will go back and forth with Nessian’s relationship and that we’ll get a lot of tension and smut from them but oh boy was I wrong. I mean, yeah, there was great smut, great tension, but there was an actual plot, and a pretty intriguing and threatening one. Might I say, the second half of this book was decently packed with action and I loved that. I cried through it and I also laughed. It was a very pleasant surprise.
I loved seeing Nesta getting better and having friends outside of the inner circle. I think she wouldn’t have been happy just in the inner circle and Gwyn and Emerie showed up at the perfect time and I felt so happy to see them bonding and creating a lifelong friendship and bringing the Valkyries back to life. One of my favourite things that happened in this book was the bond created between Nesta and the House of Wind. Very weird, but very emotional.
Another thing that I appreciated is how Nessian’s relationship began and how it evolved, I am really happy that their friendship and relationship evolved differently from Feysand’s. Cassian is a sweetheart and even though we saw just a fraction of what he has been through it was delightful to see how much he tried to respect Nesta’s recovery and space. I loved how Nesta recovered and accepted herself, how in the end she resolved her problems with her sisters and the inner circle. There were so many other things that influenced Nesta’s behavior, such as her mother, this particular detail giving us a better insight when it comes to the complexity of the character.
There are so many things that happen in this book that I cannot talk about, because this is supposed to be a non-spoilery review and all I can say is that you should go and read it and see for yourself how much effort and love was put into this book. I am 100% sure that “A court of Silver Flames” is Sarah’s best work and I loved it just as much as I loved ACOMAF. Try not to get influenced by the bad reviews you see online and just enjoy ACOSF. If it makes you happy that is all that matters. Happy reading guys, and don’t forget to treat people with kindness!