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March 1, 2021

Book Review: A ​Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

A ​Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

(A Court of Thorns and Roses #4)

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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.

This book was not what I expected. I really liked the previous books, the relationship between Feyre and Rhysand, but didn't feel the same love growing slowly between Nesta and Cassian.

Nesta is very arrogant and dealing with a lot of trauma after the war with Hybern. She has been behaving badly and the family, specially her sister, gives her an ultimatum. Change or leave. But it isn't easy for her to understand they love her and want to help her, she is in a bad place and very hateful. It isn't easy to like her as a character, her progress is very slow and she knows how to hurt everyone around her. She hates herself and it isn't easy to just stop doing it, but I think the author made her struggle realistic, not like she would magically change and become a better person, she wasn't made for us to like her but more to understand her.

But this book is definitely about her, not really about her mating with Cassian. It happens, they are very sexually attracted, but I was expecting more than sex. Cassian supports her, they are very hot together and he sees her in her worse and still is there with her. But I would have liked more talks between them, more time to really get to know each other. Cassian is between her and his family, the Inner Circle, and it's too difficult to feel free to start a relationship when everyone is watching and judging her. It's like sometimes the Inner Circle forget they are actually mates.

Overall, it was great to read more about the Night Court. It wasn't my favorite, but still enjoyed reading it, especially because there is still a lot going on between the Inner Circle.