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Spoiler-Free Review: A Court of Silver Flames

Sarah J Maas, you are a truly wonderful writer.

by Sarah J. Maas
Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses #4
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: February16th 2021 by Bloomsbury
Rating: ★★★★★
Sarah J. Maas's sexy, richly imagined series continues with the journey of Feyre's fiery sister, Nesta.

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.
I’m on a high after finishing this story. Sarah J Maas managed to craft another intricate novel in this world, one that I know many won’t forget anytime soon. It is raw and deep, as I expected when it came to Nesta, and I’m glad SJM didn’t shy away from writing all the gritty details to really give us the entire scope of who Nesta truly is. I already sympathized and liked her from ACOFAS, but this book made her shine in so many ways. Honestly, nothing I can say will ever give justice to Nesta’s character. Seeing her development, her strength, but especially her weaknesses, tore my heart apart. I related to Nesta even more with her story, I could feel myself bonding with her pain and struggles, because hers are my own. So, thank you, Sarah J Maas, for giving Nesta her deserved story that many of us only hope to achieve one day.

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 wolf, she’d found it had devoured her, too.

Another thing SJM managed to do was create a friendship bond, dare I say as strong or more than Rhys, Cassian and Azriel. The female friendship in this group was absolutely breath-taking. All three of them woven together, in past, present, future, in their nightmares, in their hopes to one day be free. SJM gave a strong voice for those who have endured pain at its cruelest, and she did it so eloquently and beautifully, it gripped my heart and gave me hope for my own future.

"Our story is worth telling."

As for the romance, I don’t know how SJM went there, but she did. I’ll be the first to admit that this book was H-O-T! But let me also be the first to tell you it was way more than that. It was about growing and learning. We always expect a romance to start nice, or at the very least tolerable, maybe some jabs here and there, maybe some hate. But something we fail to recognize is that at the start of each relationship, there are struggles beyond our comprehension, and I’m speaking from experience. My own relationship (currently married) started off on the very wrong foot. We skipped the high of being in love and went straight for the bad. There were times where I thought we couldn’t possibly make it because we had already endured so much. To everyone else, we were on cloud 9, but only we knew the truth.

Seeing Cassian and Nesta dealing with some very human emotions and situations, finally made me feel like my love story—despite everything, it is still a love story—also had a voice. Seeing how they slowly learned to lean on each other, to move forward, but still take 10 steps back, made Nessian’s love story REAL and so very relatable.

His own instincts surged to meet her defiance, to push and push and discover what might happen.

I was not expecting the large field of emotions I had while reading this book. My heart couldn’t take everything that was happening towards the end, couldn’t believe how much these characters had grown right before our very eyes, that their selflessness tugged my heartstrings.

Sarah J Maas wrote a story to be remembered, to be contemplated, to be dissected, to be breathed, and to be lived.

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