Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Day: February 16, 2021
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.
A Court of Silver Flames is a beautiful character study that features mental health and coping as a central themes with enough smut to require a cold glass of water nearby at all times.
Nesta is a difficult character to like. She’s hard, cold, and unwavering in her convictions. But Nesta has also suffered a tremendous amount of trauma that she doesn’t know how to cope with. The inability to cope with said trauma and her underlying personality are what make Nesta one of those characters you either love or hate. I went into A Court of Silver Flames not disliking Nesta, but not liking her either. At the end of the novel, I have a newfound respect and admiration for Nesta and all that Maas was able to achieve in this novel.
A Court of Silver Flames reads more as a romance than a fantasy novel. Almost all the novel is dedicated to Nesta fighting her rehabilitation and her growing feelings for Cassian. There are a few fantasy/plot focused sequences throughout the novel, but it’s clear they are not the focus.
Nesta and Cassian’s chemistry is fire hot. The sex scenes in this novel are some of the best I’ve ever read. A Court of Silver Flames is certainly not young adult nor would I classify it as new adult.
The only criticism I can levy against A Court of Silver Flames is that Cassian feels lackluster compared to Nesta. Nesta is bursting with personality: strengths, weaknesses, flaws, and quirks while Cassian reads like your typical alpha male love interest. Where the original trilogy is both Feyre and Rhysand’s story, A Court of Silver Flames is Nesta’s book through and through, so it’s not too surprising that Cassian is pushed to the side.
The ending sequence was one of my favourite parts of the novel. I should have seen it coming, but I’m glad I didn’t because I enjoyed it so damn much. I loved it so much I wish it were a few more chapters longer.
Overall, A Court of Silver Flames is a beautiful character study that features mental health and coping as a central themes. Watching Nesta build a support system then proceed to fail over and over again is frustrating yet rewarding simultaneously. This isn’t a quick redemption story. Instead, it’s an intimate look at how trauma can wreck someone so thoroughly and how difficult it is to claw your way back.
Have you read A Court of Silver Flames? What did you think?