A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing on February 16, 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, New Adult
“Keep reaching out your hand.”
It’s absolutely no surprise that I had to immediately pick up this book upon its release. I took a shamefully long time to read it considering how much I enjoy this world. But fair warning, this new continuation is much more adult than the first three books. Like…much more.
I feel I must say that I am still partial to Feyre and Rhys’ story. Maybe it’s because they were the OG and I got so attached and hooked so quick, but I just love them too much. However, I really enjoyed Nesta’s story.
Nesta was a character that I never understood from Feyre’s POV. I just couldn’t understand why she could have so much hate for her sister who literally kept them all alive and continued to try to show her love despite the hatred Nesta always doled out. I also couldn’t understand why Feyre kept reaching her hand out when I would’ve given up a long time ago. In Nesta’s story, we get to see how she became the way she is. Why she’s so defensive.
Since it is technically a continuation of the series, there was little world-building as most of us have spent three books (plus a novella) in this world. There was a lot of time left to character development which I thoroughly enjoyed. This book was quite literally Nesta’s Court of Mist and Fury. She went through similar changes. She took us alongside her throughout her character arc and the real hard work she put in. (P.S. I know it’s hard but after reading about it in a few books, I want Cassian and Az to train me…I too want to kick ass but need the training to do it and they seem like great teachers).
Of course with knowing so much about the world and how things work in it, there were some curveballs that I saw coming. This isn’t a dig, Maas left these Easter eggs for us to pick up on. I know similar ones she left in ACOMAF I completely was oblivious to when others were not as ignorant as I was. But this time I picked up on them and I do think it added to the burn of the storyline. Waiting desperately for confirmation. Waiting for confessions. Waiting, waiting, waiting. Sarah J. Maas is QUEEN at the slow burns. She crafts them beautifully and executes them to perfection.
This book was also more female-centric which I also enjoyed. Although, I won’t lie when I say I had my doubts about Gwyn for a while. But listen, I don’t always trust new characters so can you blame me? Seeing Nesta root for the other women in her world and make sure they all felt empowered just as she wanted to and build herself a family and network of support, really moved me. It was the bonds that brought her back to life and really made the story interesting. Emerie and Gwyn are funny. I laughed a few times because it was like bantering with my own friends.
When bringing in characters from previous books, I always get so excited but nervous. I don’t want a single hair harmed on their head. Especially if they made it through their own trials and tribulations in their own books! It always adds a new form of stress for me from page one. But listen… every time Rhys or Feyre showed up my eyes widened and I got all excited. It’s like a high school reunion but better. I actually want to see these people.
I can’t wait for the next two books (according to Goodreads) whenever SJM wants to announce more information about them… I’ll read anything in this world.