Book Review – A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas
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 started to really like Nesta’s character in Wings and Ruin. I feel like a lot of us can relate to her in some way or another.
Nesta feels like she has failed everyone and everything in her life and she puts up so many walls around herself to protect her heart which is so fragile.
She is afraid to love for fear of losing or failing that love and so Nesta’s story was one that I was really looking forward to reading and my god, what a brutal journey it was.
Although we have the same wonderful Night Court that we have come to know and love in previous stories, seeing it all from Nesta’s point of view is so much more raw.
She is not the damsel in distress that Feyre was in the first book and she is certainly not the suddenly kick-ass High Lady that Feyre became in the second book.
Instead what we see here is the oldest of 3 sisters who let her sisters starve rather than fight for them. The oldest sister who let the youngest of them all go out into the woods to hunt for their food. The daughter who hated her father for failing them but in turn who hates herself for failing everyone she has ever cared for.
Nesta’s journey in this book is all about healing and acceptance.
It is about letting go of her past and learning to love herself and accepting love in return.
It is about Nesta seeing herself as being worth something and it is heart-breaking to read.
There is also her relationship with Cassian which is nothing at all like the one we previously followed between Feyre and Rhysand. I really, really loved these two coming together. They are made for each other and they help to heal each other and it’s a really amazing thing. It doesn’t feel easy for them. Nesta pushes Cassian away at every turn and Cassian lets his emotions and temper flare up which makes their relationship very volatile at times.
Aside from Nesta and her story I also want to touch upon the new characters we were introduced to. Gwyn and Emerie and the friendships they formed throughout this story were amazing and beautiful. I loved those girls and I would love to see more of them in future books.
I would also like to see a lot more of Azriel, in fact we really should get a whole book from his POV because I feel there is so much more to tell with him.
As is the norm with these books it is absolutely full of action, magic and SMUT. I must say that Sarah has really upped her smut game with this book and it reminds me a lot of House of Earth and Blood with her use of a lot of foul, dirty language in the bedroom scenes. I don’t mind it but I know that would probably put some people off so I figured it maybe worth a mention.
Overall I just feel like this book was everything that I wanted it to be and then a bit more. I laughed, cried, laughed some more and cried some more.
Sarah has a very special way of writing that makes me not want to do anything other than sit and read her books. Even eating or making a cup of tea is something I don’t want to do while reading! It is the very best kind of book and I hope that anyone who reads it will enjoy it just as much as I did.