A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas brings us back to the night court. Nesta Archeron has been lost ever since she arrived at the court. Blaming herself for past mistakes and loathing her new powers, she has fallen into drinking and partying the pain away. When her sister and the court stage an intervention, it’s obvious that she has a long way to go to become the powerful being she is. With the help from Cassian and her new friends, she discovers how to harness her new strengths and fight for what she believes in.
“Gwyn whispered, “I am the rock against which the surf crashes.” Nesta straightened at the words, as if they were a prayer and a summons. Gwyn lifted the blade. “Nothing can break me.” ― Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Silver Flames
If you have read any of Sarah J. Maas’ other books you know that she doesn’t shy away from a good fight or a good sex scene. That is to say, A Court of Silver Flames is HOT. Cassian’s and Nesta’s will they / won’t they + the tension of their situation makes for an explosive time. I was hesitant about this book because it was about Nesta instead of my beloved Feyre, but it allowed for a hotter and heavier tone which I liked.
I also appreciated how the final battle and the conflict of this book are set up. Other novels in this series focused more on the conflict where this one felt more focused on Nesta and her healing. It was a stronger novel for it. And it allowed for an intense final battle. There are hints along the way that Nesta and her friends will end up in the Illyrian warrior test but it’s still shocking when it happens. I liked how this book ended with a shorter final conflict and spent more time with the development up to that point.
Aside from the sex scenes or the conflict, I felt that this book did a really good job of telling a story about how Nesta recovered from pretty heavy trauma around how she became a Faerie and how her father died. This is not the first time I’ve been impressed with Maas’ ability to treat trauma gently in the narrative (i.e. A Court of Wings and Ruin), but it’s another good example of it.
I recommend A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas if you like stories of redemption and working through trauma mixed with hot sexy scenes.
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