A Court of Silver Flames
Books | Fiction / Fantasy / Romance
Sarah J. Maas
Sarah J. Maas's sexy, richly imagined series continues with the journey of Feyre's fiery sister, Nesta. 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.
Sarah J. Maas
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"*WARNING THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS* This might be too long of a review for likewise so go check out my goodreads for this review. Okay Nesta, okay. So from the very first book(ACOTAR) I didn't like Nesta. I thought she was annoying, bratty, selfish, and just horrible person to her core. I still somewhat think that to an extent. This book was all about her and her journey dealing with her trauma and finding love and acceptance. Don't get me wrong, it was a good story but man did I want to just slap her across the face for most of the book. She was still annoying especially in the beginning, like come on girl, look at what you're doing, can't you see that it's disgusting! I agree with how the inner circle handled the situation, did it seem unfair to handle her life like that? Maybe. Was it necessary for her life and for the others? Yes most definitely. Nesta was too stubborn and had a stick up her butt for most of this book, to realize that they were helping her or at least trying to. The whole miscommunication between everyone was quite annoying and I'm just over it now. Especially with her and cassian. Everyone just spoke in riddles basically and expected everyone to understand the hidden meanings, instead of just being blunt(like me). I did like the dual pov though, hopefully we get more of that in the next books. The romance definitely appeared more and had more detail in it lol. I feel like Eris and Elain are going to be something in the future, I feel like there may have been a "tiny" bit of attraction between her and Azriel but for it feels more like a brother/sister bond. I don't see the whole ship between Azriel and Gwyn, they didn't even talk much throughout the book, the only looks they gave each other were mainly in training when she was learning aside from him saving her though. I do love how Nesta made friends and gave the others a place to fight back. It was nice to see them in Blood Rite although it didn't seem as bad for them. Got cutoff! GR!"
"If I could give this book at 4.5 star rating, I would. The only thing holding me back from giving it a 5, is that I had to make it through half of the book before I was actually interested in much of the storyline. Throughout the whole series, I feel as if we were conditioned to hate Nesta. She always knew how to push everyone’s buttons, she never said the right thing, and she did a great job letting the people around her fall between the cracks. Although she did have a few moments where she let her heart peek through, she came off as a very cold hearted and selfish person. This alone was enough for me to be disinterested in an almost 800 page story about Nesta. However, somehow the impossible happened, and now I love Nesta. The careful character development and story arc really caught me off guard, but that’s what makes a good story- the unexpected. I never thought I would be rooting for Nesta to have these big moments to prove herself, because prior to this book, she was far from interfering. As you get deeper in the book, you realize the mental and emotional traumas that greatly contributed to her behaviors. You go from loathing the girl to feeling sorry for her and only wanting the other characters to get a glimpse of the insight that you as a reader uncover. Which let me tell you, the other characters do not miss a beat with the insults and constabtly making her apologize for basically existing. The overarching woman empowerment aspect is definitely present in this book. You go from Feyre needing a mans attention to help her navigate most of life once she enters the magical world, to Nesta where she is extremely independent. When she does seek advice, she has a close knit group of girl friends that she carefully works with. These other females too are emotionally, physically, and mentally wounded; so it’s only fitting that they work together to overcome their hardships. When there is a sliver of romance every now and then, you almost get a sense that it weakens her in a way at the beginning. The romance hinders her from working on herself and it’s not until she faces her issues head on, that she can embrace love at the same time. I will be the first to say that I didn’t root for Cassian and Nesta. Their dynamic made no sense to me….until this book. A character I loved so much, with my least favorite character didn’t sit well with me. In my experience, the whole opposites attract dynamic only lasts so long. That being said, these two fight off their natural attraction for so long, that when they finally let their guards down, it’s everything you could ever want for these two. I could do without the countless, and very vivid, spicy scenes. I’m not sure what the author was trying to prove here, but it was way too much for my liking…and I’m not sure it added much to the storyline that your imagination wouldn’t already fill in for you. Overall, I think this is my second favorite installment in the series. Although it took me a lot longer than I would have liked to make it through, once I hit that 50% mark, I sped through because I HAD to know what would happen next. So advice for future readers is to keep with it. It does it get better, and once you get past the parts that have you rolling your eyes (you’ll know what I mean when you get there), it’s really a beautiful story that has a powerful message intertwined within itself."
"⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am the rock on which the surf crashes. Nothing can break me Please make me a Valkyrie. Nesta is just so very fierce and experiences so much growth throughout the book. I wish I could separate that from all the **** because I just want to like in Velaris. I don’t need to be all up in their business. https://open.spotify.com/playlist/377Ue0aHmUyUm3bVbxdeAl?si=wlfk0GZZSmuRbTvkwP7b6g"
"4.25⭐️ I can absolutely see why this book is people favourite in the series. It just didn’t do that for me! Nesta was shush a frustrating character for so much of the book. This book also felt like it was written from a different headspace than the others. Like it was written for BookTok. This book has so much more spice (I love a spicy book) but it felt inauthentic seeing as the rest of the series is not like that. Also Nesta being a romance reader was another nod to BookTok. Also did SJM get into yoga/fitness while writing this? So many breathing techniques and technical workout things mentioned in the training. Also I feel like Cassian had almost no personality other than being obsessed with Nesta. Also the plot felt super anti climactic in the end. I love this world SJM has created but this book fell flat for me. I will definitely continue to read whatever comes next though. Spice level was probably a 2-2.5/5. "
"Maas did a good job writing about how Nesta was dealing with depression and self loathing. Otherwise it was a weak plot. It was on the raunchy side of the south scale. Maas can usually get me to emote, opposite of Sanderson, who in my opinion is strong on plot-weak on characters."