A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas
Goodreads Rating: 4.43 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 5 / 5 Stars
Age: 18+ (not suitable for younger readers)
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy, Magic
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.
How many stars can I legally rate this book? Is 1000 okay?
This made my laugh, cry (a lot at that damn ending) and have so many feelings.
At the beginning, I wasn’t sure where the story was going. It was a slow start for me as we got to know Nesta and Cassian better. I was enjoying it, it was fun, BUT THEN I hit the halfway point and became utterly obsessed with this story. I know halfway is a long time to go before really getting into a book, but it is so worth it.
In the first half of the book, Maas is laying the foundations for a story that will stick with me for a very long time. We are introduced to a lot of characters we haven’t met before. We saw a lot of the initial world building in the first trilogy, however this story focuses more on character development. We do get some interesting new places to love in the Night Court, but the characters are by far the best aspect. The plot is pretty exciting and dramatic too. I enjoyed getting to know Nesta and Cassian more. Especially Nesta who I had a lot of mixed feelings about in the first trilogy.
Nesta is strong and the most badass character I’ve come across in a very long time. There is a lot of growth and she overcomes barriers that have hindered her for so long. It is a story of her strength and taking back control of her life. It was stunning to watch her transformation and although it was slow at the beginning, the plot and character development were rocket-fast from that halfway point. It was like taking a casual stroll through a field and suddenly you’re falling off a cliff. It happens so quick and the moment it picks up, the plot is fast paced, exciting and adrenaline educing.
My new favourite side characters, Gwyneth and Emerie, fit fantastically into Sarah J Maas’s collection of badass women. Their stories are both hard hitting and show the courage of these women. Emerie is someone I could imagine being friends with. Especially since she loves a good smutty romance book (just like Nesta). Gwyn is the heart of the group. And just like Nesta and Emerie, she has a fire and determination that prove her badassery. This new trio of friends, are some of the strongest women who have faced down their pasts head on. I can’t wait to see where they go next.
Don’t forget this is a pretty erotic book. Now when it comes to the good scenes (you know the ones I’m talking about) Sarah J Maas really went all out with the (good) frustrating tension building. It is a journey from beginning to end. There are cute moments and passionate moments and angry moments. All I can say is that Sarah really delivered for her new adult fans.
Ultimately, ACOSF is a story about finding strength, courage and a place that feels like home. The main characters, Nesta and Cassian, had journeys that were inspiring and lovely. There were moments where I laughed, where I blushed and of course, where I cried. This story was a stunningly woven tapestry of the light and dark that resides in everyone.
There is no doubt in my mind that this book is going to stay with me for a long time. ✨
Happy Reading !