Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Book Review: "A Court of Silver Flames" by Sarah J. Maas

Title: A Court of Silver Flames
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: "A Court of Thorns and Roses" #4
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Page Length: 757 pages
Publication Date: February 16, 2021
Rating: 5 // 5 stars
Series Reviews: Book 1 / Book 2 / Book 3 / Book 3.5

*This review will be spoiler-free for this specific book but might contain spoilers for previous books in the series*

I'll be honest you guys, when it was first announced that this book was going to be following Nesta's perspective I was...not excited. I wanted more of Feysand and didn't really like Nesta at the time. However, between growing up a little bit and gaining way more life experiences as well as rereading the series multiples times, I ended up getting really excited for Nesta and Cassian's book. By the time the book finally arrived, I was incredibly hyped up. 

Overall, I would say this book did everything I wanted it to. What I wanted was angst and pettiness and arguing and scenes that would make my heart hurt. I wanted this book to be angry and explore the healing process from incredible trauma. And it did that, in more ways than I imagined. I wanted Nesta to be angry and lash out. I wanted to see her inner struggles. I wanted to see how her relationships with those around her evolved. And we got all that. 

Much of this need for angst came after A Court of Frost and Starlight released where we got to see a bit of Nesta's fate after the end of book three. Her relationships with pretty much everyone are fractured and she has a lot of trauma, both from before the war and during it. Yet where Feyre and Rhys and pretty much everyone else got help and space to heal, that wasn't really offered to Nesta. So to see her journey healing but also challenging those around her was very enjoyable to me. 

We met some new side characters in this book that I absolutely loved. I'm not going to name names but I sincerely hope that they get ample page time in future books because I want to know more about each of them and their adventures and backstories and thoughts. The addition of these characters was so great for other reasons than just plot bolstering. Without getting into spoilers, I'll just say that these characters made me feel warm and fuzzy about a certain situation. 

I will say that for all I loved, if I looked at this book objectively it likely wouldn't be rated as highly. There is a plot involved that deals with a thread leftover from the original books and, while a lot of the book did follow along that plot, I mostly felt like it fell to the side. Plus, the ending for that specific issue just seemed too easy compared to the rest of the series. 

Additionally, there were parts of this book I was indifferent about or parts that annoyed me. Cassian, even though I love him, did have some moments where I wanted to shake him for thinking that way. While everything turned out the way it did despite those thoughts, I still would like to shake him. However, I guess one could also argue that no person is perfect and characters aren't perfect either. There was also a pretty big thing regarding two other characters in the series that I just...didn't care about. I love the characters but this particular thing they were dealing with wasn't something I like to read about in books. 

I would say overall this book was amazing for me. I cared the most about Nesta and her journey, so the things I was indifferent about didn't bother me as much because Nesta still had her core journey and healing going on. I'm so excited to see where the next books go and I do have pretty high expectations for it after this one. 

Did you like A Court of Silver Flames? Let me know in the comments below! 

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