A Court of Silver Flames
I think it’s easy for me to say that A Court of Silver Flames was my most anticipated book of 2021. I pre-ordered it back in September and waited (very impatiently) for it to arrive on its publishing date – which it didn’t but that’s a story for a different day.
“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.”
When I read ACOTAR last year I was pulled deep into the story and didn’t resurface until I had finished ACOFS. I wanted to go back in and experience the characters for the first time all over again. So, when I read that the fifth book would feature the Archeron Sister that I hadn’t received the warm and fuzzy feelings from, I was skeptical.
What I found when I started reading ACOSF was a woman to who I related. There was something about Nesta that called out to me and reminded me of my younger self – lacking in confidence, angry at the world, and looking for a way to silence the voices in my head that often told me I wasn’t good enough. I found in Nesta, that little piece of my puzzle that I’d tried so hard to hide in my past but without it, my puzzle wouldn’t be complete.
“Perhaps in voicing those truths, they’ve given them wings. And sent them soaring into the open sky above.”
I wanted to finish the book and know Nesta’s story but I forced myself to read slowly, to savor, and remember everything I could. I would read pages multiple times to make sure that the words that Maas wrote were cemented into my heart.
Then there’s Cassian. I always thought that finding a male character that I loved more than Rhys would be hard but Cassian.. well, he encompassed all of the traits of the man that Nesta deserved but didn’t know that she needed in her life. He is “brave and brilliant and kind.” He is truly one of a kind and I respected his respect for Nesta in so many ways.
Above all else, the friendship between Nesta, Emerie, and Gwyn is the type of friendship that every woman deserves. They listened, they loved one another, and, above all us, they supported each other.
The other books of the ACOTAR series were all about war and rivalries but A Court of Silver Flames was about so much more – it honestly felt like a different series altogether. I could read it again and again and again. But, there’s nothing like reading it for the first time…
Oh, I should probably point out that the whole book felt like Chapter 55 and, in my opinion, it is not meant for the eyes (or ears) of young adults. However, this adult, enjoyed it quite a bit.