A Court of Silver Flames

A Court of Silver Flames

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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.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury Publishing,, 2021
Copyright Date: ©2021
ISBN: 9781681196282
168119628X
Branch Call Number: TEEN FIC Maa
Characteristics: 757 pages : map ; 25 cm

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I love the series it is amazing. Though I firmly believe the second book is best

I adore this series for how it balances all its character development and spiciness with plot. I love fantasy as a genre, but I never connect with plot-driven novels the same way I do character-driven ones. This series toes that line with such utter perfection that everything else falls short.

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cartym12
Apr 06, 2021

In some ways, this book is necessary to tie up loose ends and continue the story line that began in ACOTAR.; in other ways, it leaves the reader disappointed. The heroism expected from characters, the chivalry and overall goodness, is often overshadowed by revenge and anger beyond expectation. While somewhat understandable, it's not the character development loyal readers have come to know and love.

SAPL_Teens Mar 30, 2021

A Court of Silver Flames is another amazing installment to the “ Court of Thorns and Roses” series. This book is everything that I would want in a high-action fanatical adventure. I was absolutely blown away once again by all the attending to details and the inclusion of returning characters. The main character of this book is Nesta Archeron, the older sister to Feryre and Elain. After the events of the previous book, Nesta wasn’t doing very well mentally and was forced by her sisters to change her ways. She was suffering from all the memories that she had witnessed, which lead to her falling into a self-destructive spiral. To help her change, she started doing daily training in the morning with the charismatic but cocky general, Cassian. And in the evening, she would help out at the library. As she adjusted to her new normal, she made new and meaningful friendships along the way. But with her powers still unstable, she will have to work hard to make her own path. This is by far one of the longest books in the series. But every page was so captivating, that you kinda don’t notice. There are some steamy romantic scenes that are very easy to skip. But overall, I really enjoyed this book and I hope that you do as well. - 5/5 stars, Maade, SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

sjpl_rebekah Mar 27, 2021

Though the first three books in this series were debatably young adult fiction, there is no doubt that this book is new adult/adult fiction. Sarah has turned up the smut significantly in this installment, and I really don’t see any going back for her. It is clear that new adult/adult fiction is where she really shines.

I loved Nesta’s story arc, probably even more than Feyre’s. She has a lot of inner demons that fuel her destructive behavior as she copes with the aftermath of traumatic events. Her family basically does an intervention that forces her to become introspective and re-evaluate what she truly wants out of life. In many ways it is a redemption story as Nesta comes to terms with her past and rebuilds the relationships she has shattered. As she forges new friendships and kindles a passionate affair with Cassian, she learns to forgive herself for her perceived failures and is finally able to move towards a brighter future.

I like the direction that the series is moving in, and I look forward to seeing whose story Sarah tells next.

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RoyalPink
Mar 23, 2021

To be honest I could probably sum this book up in two pages but it was pretty good. I'm glad to see the character development for Nesta. I love her relationship with Azriel; hopefully the next book can be centered around Azriel/Lucien/Elain. Now THAT would be something to read. I felt like some scenes were kinda pointless but that's just my opinion.

WPL_JessB Mar 13, 2021

Almost 800 pages and not a dull page within. I loved getting a new perspective in the world that I love and I can't wait to see where Maas will take us next.

LoganLib_Sheridan Mar 08, 2021

There was a lot going on in this book but I still think it's bigger than it needs to be. As much as I love SJM reading bricks isn't getting me through my TBR! I know each book in a series is meant to be as big or bigger than the last but can we all agree to scrap that rule.

There was a definite move away from Feyre and Rhys but it was towards Nesta and Cassian, there was also still a ridiculous amount of sex so I think we're all okay with that. All the characters you know and love are still there.

This book does focus on Nesta as she recovers from the trauma of what happened in the last book (honestly everyone in this series needs a therapist). We get to learn more about her power and watch her learn how to use it.

I was hoping for some better diversity but don't remembers seeing much. I've heard from tiktok that there was some that I might've missed in my attempt to move on to the next book in my TBR. I'd be interested in at least exploring Mor getting into a relationship but she hasn't come out to anyone else yet though I mean does she have to.

We definitely get into some more mythology here. I love the inclusion of Valkyries and I loved Nesta's relationship with the house. Seriously I need a house that takes care of me as much as the House of Wind takes care of Nesta.

The ending felt very much like we'd twiddled our thumbs and suddenly everything was happening at once. It was also a bit BOOM and everything is fixed (mostly) so I'm not sure how I feel about it. I am however (of course) looking forward to the next book in a series.

I have no words for what SJM does to me with every book she writes. I'm still a puddle of emotion, but I'm going to give this review a shot anyways, because I don't think I'll ever be able to think about this book without gushing over it.

Nesta is High Fae after being forced into the Cauldron and changed during the war, and just as stubborn and hot-headed as she ever was, with even more added trauma on top of it all. Cassian is 500 years old and a warrior through and through; Feyre and Rhys task him with training Nesta when she finally goes too far in her boozy coping mechanisms. But Nesta is up for any challenge thrown at her, and will do anything to deny her family - and Cassian, Rhys, and the entire Night Court - what they want.

SJM is the queen of character development. THE. QUEEN. Going on this journey with Nesta was cathartic af, while also standing on its own enough that I didn't have to insert my own experiences for it to really, really mean something. She's hurting so much at the start of this novel, and was hurting so much for ACOFAS, and it all becomes so clear when you're in her head.

And Cassian is such a wonderful counterbalance for her. He has his own insecurities that he works through, but he's such a joy to read. So full of life, so brutish yet sensitive, so utterly in love with Nesta from the very start that it just murdered me.

The spice level of this one is also through the roof. It's like Sarah took everyone's opinions of Chapter 55 and went "ok y'all let's go" and then just...did that. Whew.

I adore this series for how it balances all that character development and spiciness with plot. The human queens, the Dread Trove, the Prison and the monsters lurking there, the mystery surrounding it all...all of it is interwoven with these moments between the characters that make it all mean something. Don't get me wrong, I love fantasy as a genre, but I never connect with plot-driven novels the same way I do character-driven ones. This series toes that line with such utter perfection that everything else falls short.

Seeing our ACOTAR characters from Nesta's perspective was also so much fun. Rhys is...kind of a dick? But I also still love him? So there's that.

I can never recommend this series enough. I told my coworker about it and she's now listened to the audiobooks for the entirety of the Throne of Glass series as well as this one. SJM is just that good. She will be my fave forever.

WPL_Erin Mar 04, 2021

Okay so. This wasn’t my favourite SJM Novel. And I truly don’t think it had anything to do with Queen Maas and her storytelling, but it was really easy for me to put this book down and walk away. It was equally as easy to pick back up though, so there’s that!

For some reason I can’t seem to connect with Nesta and Cassian. I can’t bring myself to care as deeply for them as I did for Feyra and Rhys, or even characters from Crescent City and Throne of glass.

I do acknowledge that in other instances we had multiple novels to bond with characters and I get that but I still find myself disconnected.

I really don’t know why though, because ultimately I truly loved the themes throughout this book. I also enjoyed Nesta’s journey even though I don’t care for her all that much. I think it’s important that we got to see trauma, and her processing that trauma in a way we’ve never seen with other characters. I will say though I was a tad disappointed with Cassian’s POV. I felt like he had so much spunk and personality and wit in the last two novels and he just seemed a little basic in this one. This really felt more like Nesta’s book than Cassian’s and I was a bit sad about that.

Ultimately I didn’t love it, but I enjoyed it thoroughly.

P.S. I need more Azriel content immediately

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Apr 04, 2021

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Feb 23, 2021

JHope24601 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Feb 22, 2021

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Not one of them had offered to help save the Archeron family from poverty.
They had thrown them all, mere children and a crumbling man, to the wolves.
So Nesta had become a wolf. Armed herself with invisible teeth and claws, and learned to strike faster, deeper, more lethally. Had relished it. But when the time came to put away the whole, she’d found it had devoured her, too.

Not one of them had offered to help save the Archeron family from poverty.
They had thrown them all, mere children and a crumbling man, to the wolves.
So Nesta had become a wolf. Armed herself with invisible teeth and claws, and learned to strike faster, deeper, more lethally. Had relished it. But when the time came to put away the whole, she’d found it had devoured her, too.

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JHope24601
Feb 23, 2021

"Keep reaching out your hand."
-Sarah J. Maas

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JHope24601
Feb 23, 2021

"For every Nesta out there- climb the mountain."
-Sarah J. Maas

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JHope24601
Feb 23, 2021

Other: There are some possible triggers for people in this book. It does touch on topics of depression and suicidal thoughts. There is also a brief scene where the rape of a character is talked about in the past. And rape is definitely alluded to in other parts of the book.

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JHope24601
Feb 23, 2021

Sexual Content: There are many scenes with sexual content to be aware of for younger audiences. The book is actually marketed as adult, so please be aware of this when picking it up!

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JHope24601
Feb 23, 2021

Coarse Language: While your typical YA book has a fair amount of language, due to the fact that this is technically an adult book there are way more uses of language along with some words that are generally not used in the YA genre.

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