A Court of Silver Flames

A Court of Silver Flames

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"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."--provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2021
Edition: Hardback edition
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781681196282
168119628X
Characteristics: 757 pages : map ; 25 cm

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Sarah J. Maas's sexy, richly imagined series continues with the journey of Feyre's fiery sister, Nesta.


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I have no words for what SJM does to me with every book she writes. I'm still a puddle of emotion, but I'm going to give this review a shot anyways, because I don't think I'll ever be able to think about this book without gushing over it.

Nesta is High Fae after being forced into the Cauldron and changed during the war, and just as stubborn and hot-headed as she ever was, with even more added trauma on top of it all. Cassian is 500 years old and a warrior through and through; Feyre and Rhys task him with training Nesta when she finally goes too far in her boozy coping mechanisms. But Nesta is up for any challenge thrown at her, and will do anything to deny her family - and Cassian, Rhys, and the entire Night Court - what they want.

SJM is the queen of character development. THE. QUEEN. Going on this journey with Nesta was cathartic af, while also standing on its own enough that I didn't have to insert my own experiences for it to really, really mean something. She's hurting so much at the start of this novel, and was hurting so much for ACOFAS, and it all becomes so clear when you're in her head.

And Cassian is such a wonderful counterbalance for her. He has his own insecurities that he works through, but he's such a joy to read. So full of life, so brutish yet sensitive, so utterly in love with Nesta from the very start that it just murdered me.

The spice level of this one is also through the roof. It's like Sarah took everyone's opinions of Chapter 55 and went "ok y'all let's go" and then just...did that. Whew.

I adore this series for how it balances all that character development and spiciness with plot. The human queens, the Dread Trove, the Prison and the monsters lurking there, the mystery surrounding it all...all of it is interwoven with these moments between the characters that make it all mean something. Don't get me wrong, I love fantasy as a genre, but I never connect with plot-driven novels the same way I do character-driven ones. This series toes that line with such utter perfection that everything else falls short.

Seeing our ACOTAR characters from Nesta's perspective was also so much fun. Rhys is...kind of a dick? But I also still love him? So there's that.

I can never recommend this series enough. I told my coworker about it and she's now listened to the audiobooks for the entirety of the Throne of Glass series as well as this one. SJM is just that good. She will be my fave forever.

WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

Okay so. This wasn’t my favourite SJM Novel. And I truly don’t think it had anything to do with Queen Maas and her storytelling, but it was really easy for me to put this book down and walk away. It was equally as easy to pick back up though, so there’s that!

For some reason I can’t seem to connect with Nesta and Cassian. I can’t bring myself to care as deeply for them as I did for Feyra and Rhys, or even characters from Crescent City and Throne of glass.

I do acknowledge that in other instances we had multiple novels to bond with characters and I get that but I still find myself disconnected.

I really don’t know why though, because ultimately I truly loved the themes throughout this book. I also enjoyed Nesta’s journey even though I don’t care for her all that much. I think it’s important that we got to see trauma, and her processing that trauma in a way we’ve never seen with other characters. I will say though I was a tad disappointed with Cassian’s POV. I felt like he had so much spunk and personality and wit in the last two novels and he just seemed a little basic in this one. This really felt more like Nesta’s book than Cassian’s and I was a bit sad about that.

Ultimately I didn’t love it, but I enjoyed it thoroughly.

P.S. I need more Azriel content immediately

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CourtneyEHK
Mar 02, 2021

A Court of Silver Flames is about Nesta Archeron and her struggles after the war. I know most people did not like Nesta in the first 3 original books and I can understand why, she is a complex character who shuts everyone out with cruel statements and looks. She has created this wall around herself to protect her from the world and the world from herself. She is unapologetic and extremely spiteful but these flaws are the reason I enjoyed her character. The chapters with her in it were always so intense and interesting and even though she was a bitch to everyone, I loved reading it. It added so much more dynamic to the story and I felt like I could relate to her.

This book has a lot of smut, if you are not into that then don't bother reading it. I thought this one was well done, its less about politics and schemes because it is more Nesta's story and she is less involved in that type of business but it was still incredible. It was her struggle with mental health that I really enjoyed. I am sure this book is not for everyone and I am sure many people will see flaws in it but I enjoyed it and I enjoyed being in Nesta's head a lot more than Feyre's.

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JHope24601
Feb 23, 2021

The fifth book in the A Court series by Sarah J Maas did not disappoint! The story centers around the oldest Archeron sister- Nesta, and one of our favorite Illyrian warriors- Cassian. The writing was gorgeous and swept me off of my feet; I literally flew through this book! The theme of healing was huge and gorgeously done, and I think that's what has stuck with me the most from this book. It tackles depression and trauma and facing them along with your past and finding ways to heal and press on even in the moments where you feel you've got nothing left. I won't lie, I was very hesitant to read this book due to the fact that Nesta was not a favorite character of mine in the original series, but her perspective is well worth the read. I fell in love with her character as a whole and absolutely adored reading her story. Sarah is an expert story teller and has a way of making you connect with characters on such a deep level. I was moved to tears several times during this book and I think that speaks to just how wonderfully the story and characters are written and crafted. The plot as a whole moved at a decent pace, but definitely sped up toward the end, and it is definitely a character driven plot! I highly suggest this book to fans of high fantasy, romance books, and fans of books by; Jennifer L. Armentrout, Leigh Bardugo, Roshani Chokshi, and Sabaa Tahir!

***NOTE*** This book is marketed to ADULTS. The content of this book is much more descriptive and detailed, and I would not recommend to young teen readers. Please see notices for more information regarding content warnings!

Sure this book is more than a bit romantic but it has powerful role models. One of my favorite book scenes is when Feyre realizes that Mor would support her no matter what even if she walked around in nothing but her underwear. I have adapted these books in my own life and even though I used to be super self conscious I now can say I don’t care and mean it. So you should read this book it will make all the difference. I owe a lot to Sarah J. Maas and if you read these books you might too.

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Feb 23, 2021

Other: There are some possible triggers for people in this book. It does touch on topics of depression and suicidal thoughts. There is also a brief scene where the rape of a character is talked about in the past. And rape is definitely alluded to in other parts of the book.

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JHope24601
Feb 23, 2021

Sexual Content: There are many scenes with sexual content to be aware of for younger audiences. The book is actually marketed as adult, so please be aware of this when picking it up!

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JHope24601
Feb 23, 2021

Coarse Language: While your typical YA book has a fair amount of language, due to the fact that this is technically an adult book there are way more uses of language along with some words that are generally not used in the YA genre.

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Not one of them had offered to help save the Archeron family from poverty.
They had thrown them all, mere children and a crumbling man, to the wolves.
So Nesta had become a wolf. Armed herself with invisible teeth and claws, and learned to strike faster, deeper, more lethally. Had relished it. But when the time came to put away the whole, she’d found it had devoured her, too.

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JHope24601
Feb 23, 2021

"Keep reaching out your hand."
-Sarah J. Maas

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JHope24601
Feb 23, 2021

"For every Nesta out there- climb the mountain."
-Sarah J. Maas

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