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A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses #4), Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Silver Flames is the long awaited fourth book in the A Court of Thorns a Roses Series. Seriously though, it’s been four years since the previous book dropped and I am glad I didn’t hold my breath. It was worth the wait though! This chunky book definitely delivered a massive story and brought back all our favourite characters that I loved and missed.

Unlike the original trilogy which focuses on Feyre’s journey from the human girl to High Fae, A Court of Silver Flames is all about Nesta, Feyre’s sister. Nesta is a side character in the original books, getting dragged into the faerie world after her sister, thrown in the caldron, coming out a High Fae with mysterious powers and having a crucial role in winning the war.

The whole way through these novels, she honestly the worst. Bitchy, stubborn, prideful and not even fun to hate. Now she does have a pretty harrowing journey, but then again, what character in this series hasn’t!

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

So on that note, we start this novel a year or so after the previous finished, and Nesta has spent the whole time getting drunk and pushing everyone away expect for the random people she sleeps with. But our crew have had enough and it’s up to Cassian to get Nesta off her destructive path, and let go of her anger to realise her full potential. As Nesta makes this journey we meet some other kick ass females, all struggling with the weight of the world as well.

“I wish for us to have the courage to go out into the world when we are ready, but to always be able to find our way back to each other. No matter what.”

Now if Nesta was the same insufferable person throughout this whole novel, I would have screamed. Whilst she doesn’t exactly become nice, she does change in a way that is both in line with her character – it really would have felt fake if she was suddenly a ray of sunshine – and makes her a much more pleasant character to get behind.

“I am the rock against which the surf crashes.”

Cassian in my opinion can do no wrong, and in this instalment, getting more of him was exactly what I was after. We get to see his tough love side, his vulnerable side, his loyalty and patience as he struggles with loving and trying to help Nesta, as she pushes him away with all she has, as well as serving the Night Court, who aren’t too fond of Nesta either.

“Whatever you need to throw at me, I can take it. I won’t break.”

I love the push and pull of Nesta and Cassian’s relationship. The bickering, the banter and the chemistry that they have whenever they are together. Cassian’s patience for Nesta runs deep, and boy does she test how willing he is to stick around after the verbal abuse she spits his way. But they really do seem to belong together and as Nesta gets on board their connection is both beautiful and sexy.

“Your power is a song, and one I’ve waited a very, very long time to hear, Nesta.”

We also have our overall plot, where dark forces are again at large threatening to disturb the tenuous peace we reached at the end of the previous book and it’s great to see all of our characters back in the thick of things. The novel for me struck a great balance between Nesta and Cassian’s story, as well as what was going on in the bigger picture and meant that although the book was pretty long, it kept me interested the whole time.

I am keen for more ACOTAR books to keep coming! I would love a full trilogy from Nesta, there is more that could be done here including fleshing out more of the new side characters, and then a subsequent trilogy from third sister Elain. Will we be that lucky? I don’t know. We might have Elaine up next, and that wouldn’t be bad, I am very keen for her to have her time to shine as well. I just want more and more instalments to come!

I read this for my 52 Book Club Reading Challenge prompt “a book with a gem, mineral or rock in the title”. You can check out my progress here.

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