Title: A Court of Silver Flames
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses 4
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Length: 751 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release Date: February 16, 2021
Source: Personal collection
Content Warnings: rape, suicidal ideation, PTSD, trauma, depression
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.
Nesta is hard to love… but Sarah J. Maas made me love her in this book. I am currently a sucker for stories about healing as I just when through a healing journey of my own. I felt parallels between Nesta’s healing and my own, which gave me insights into her actions, her thoughts, her trauma, and why she is the way she is.
I absolutely loved Nesta’s relationship with Cassian and how it developed. Cassian is my new fae bae after this book. Be aware that the sex scenes are very explicit, and some of the details were a bit much.
Everyone praises Sarah J. Maas for writing so many swoonworthy males, but I thought the best part of this book was the female friendships Nesta developed with Gwyn and Emerie. They were exactly who Nesta needed to find her self-worth when she was not willing to accept help from her family. I also loved that Nesta’s female friends, and not just her love interest, helped her find healing.
This book also explores new lore and history of Prythian and the world beyond, opening up lots of possibilities for storylines in future ACOTAR books.
Be aware that this book has a lot of triggers for those who have experienced trauma and mental health struggles. I personally loved this book and Nesta’s journey, but many reviewers I respect felt triggered by problematic aspects of the story. Please do your research before you decide if this book is right for you.