Tandem Collective Global – Aus and NZ Readalong – A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas – Review

First Published in Great Britain in 2021 by Bloomsbury Publishing – Book Four in A Court of Thorns and Roses.

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Genre: Adult Fantasy, Romance.

Page Count: 757

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Honestly, this was one of my most anticipated releases. For two years and counting. I’m devastated I didn’t love it more! πŸ₯Ί

Sypnosis from Goodreads:

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.

My Review:

I received a copy of A Court of Silver Flames from Bloomsbury Publishing to read and review as part of an AU/NZ Readalong of the much anticipated fourth installment in one of my favourite series, A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas.

Primarily, once I got started and found myself back in the world of A Court of Thorns and Roses, back with fiery Nesta and broody Cassian, I was so happy! Glimpses of Mor (oh, how I wish there had of been more of her, though!), reading about Feyre and Rhys as secondary characters, just bring back in this world was making me happy! I loved how this book was focused on Nesta, I had a total disdain for her initially, though it was when I first read A Court of Wings and Ruin that I completely started to feel devastated for her! So to have a book completely focused on her, about how she’s really feeling and why she’s so icy and closed off!

Then there’s Cassian, broody, broody Cassian. Since day dot there has been a heated underlying passion between the two, surely there’s no denying that! I was excited to see this develop, bit my oh my was the smut in this one just a smidge overkill?

The heated scenes between the two often escalated quickly, there’d be a tender moment and then BAM! There’s be a couple of pages of dialogue and movement that I can only lightly compare to what is imagine is contained within a M&B type novel. I mean, I’m all for Nessian I just don’t need to know either party’s specific measurements, to put it cleanly. With its near constant repetitive nature, the smut definitely, personally for me, took away from me enjoying the book as much as I’d have liked, in a sense. I know for some people, sex is meant to be enjoyed and embraced but for me, the scenes primarily made me feel slightly uncomfortable and I found myself procrastinating finishing the book for not only also not wanting it to end, but I didn’t particularly really want to read more smut!

What I did love though, were the introduction of Gwyn and Emerie, their backstories and their developing friendship with Nesta! The three ladies’ scenes together were absolutely amazing, I love how each three of them all had their own very personal tragedies, their scars as it were, but honestly reading about them all progressively opening up to one another and banding together as sisters in arms just made my heart so happy! I love Emery and Gwyn as individual characters, they had some wonderful scenes together, from their heartfelt opening up moments to silly scenes where they frolicked in the house and requested funny absurdities from it!

The house was another aspect of the book that I throughly enjoyed, it made me chuckle how it catered to Nesta’s amusing love of smutty romance novels, though I did think it was sweet that she and Gwyn and Emerie bonded over their favorites, but something about Nesta loving smutty novels just made me chuckle!

Okay but if I could just lightly address something else I didn’t really like throughout this book…well, how it changed my once very strong love for a certain High Lord to a strong err on the side of ‘oh why, why would you do that?!’ Like, I’m still pondering what on earth was he thinking keeping something so important a secret from a certain mate of his?! Like, everyone else knew too and were so furious at a certain someone when she let it slip in a blind rage?! I can’t blame her for doing so! I also can’t quite understand a certain couple of other characters blind fury at Nesta throughout, like okay she has moments of stubbornness but that’s just how she presents herself!

That being said, Nesta’s mental health rep, I thought, was absolutely brilliantly and poignantly portrayed, at times I felt like one could really tell how much Sarah J Maas’s writing had developed, there were so many moments throughout where I was just feeling so sad for Nesta and I just wanted her to see that she did matter! I was honestly cheering her own so much throughout and I honestly felt that for me, it was the friendship between her, Gwyn and Emerie carried so much heart throughout A Court of Silver Flames!

I’m sure I could go on but I do think I’ll leave it there, I know that sons scenes I’ll be remembering with absolute fondness, whereas some moments will likely continue to grate me, but I know I’m brimming with curiosity as to what Maas might do with the next installment. *Raises eyebrows*.

Happy Reading,


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