This review will be spoiler free for A Court of Silver Flames. This may or may not be just me babbling about how much I love this book.
The blurb for this book (taken from Goodreads) is:
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 think everyone had pretty high expectations for this book, the main A Court of Thorns and Roses series is loved by many and personally, is one of my favourite series of books. But this exceeded my expectations so much more than I thought it would and I’m so happy about that. In fact A Court of Mist and Fury has always been my favourite book in the series and I did not think that would change, but this book has now taken the place as my favourite book.
Nesta has never been one of my favourite characters, her actions in the previous books have shown her as a pretty nasty person but this book really opens your eyes to Nesta’s background and you really see her character development. Sarah J Maas portrays depression and trauma so well, we see it with Feyre in the earlier books and now we see it with Nesta and seeing Cassian being there for Nesta and wanting to help her, even when her self-destructive tendencies mean she tries to constantly push him away is beautiful and I love them both so much. I absolutely adored how this book celebrates survival, friendships and family and introduces new characters, Gwyn and Emerie, into Nesta’s life who quickly become close friends with her and, along with Cassian, make her want to fight. Nesta is a fighter and she goes to some pretty extreme lengths to protect those she loves, and more than once. I could honestly talk all day about how much I love how far Nesta has come since A Court of Frost And Starlight, but quite simply put she is now one of my favourite characters. And finally I’d like just give some appreciation to the amount of smut in this book, the smut was so good and I honestly just want to reread the whole book again already (not just for the smut, but mostly for the smut).