Friday, December 31, 2021

A Court of Silver Flames

Book: A Court of Silver Flames

Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #4

Author: Sarah J Maas

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.-Goodreads

Review: Nesta, the eldest sister, is not a character who is easy to like. Her actions in previous books make her seem selfish and rude but her interactions with Cassian gave me hope. The good? Cassian! Love him and everything about him. This was also spicy! I loved that. The not so good? Nesta. I understand her after reading this but I still don’t like her. Being inside her head was difficult to read. She is a depressed alcoholic who sufferers from self-hatred and lashes out against everyone. I am in a FB group about this book and people are very divided about her. Many see themselves as a ‘Nesta’ and empathize with her. Others have a ‘Nesta’ in their life and don’t’ care for her. I’m in this camp. I understand her but past trauma does not give you a pass to treat others like garbage. Was she apologetic? Kind of. She did develop friendships in this book and these bonds were well written. I loved her relationship with the house. The actual plot of the book was lacking as the majority of the book is about Nesta healing. There is a blood rite at the end that was simply ridiculous. **Spoilers alert**We are to believe that the only warriors who have completed this dangerous, difficult journey are the Bat boys but Netsa and her friends do it after a few months of training? Beyond comprehension. Of course, I will continue with the series but this was my least favorite installment thus far. 2.5/5


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