A Court of Silver Flames Summary:
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 only read ACOTAR a few weeks ago – I decided that with A Court of Silver Flames coming out soon, it might be fun to see what all the buzz was about. Well, I’ve now read ACOSF and the original A Court of Thorns and Roses Trilogy, and I have some OPINIONS.
OK, so in the original trilogy, I actually really liked Nesta. She was abrasive and rude, but she stuck to her guns and cared about her family. Naturally, I was psyched to read a new book from her POV. This book really cemented her as my favorite – she was mentally going through hell but still grew as a character (and her trauma was never magically erased). I loved how she created her own little family when her biological one was treating her poorly. I also enjoyed her’s and Cassian’s relationship – their chemistry was phenomenal but I liked that it was (romantically) slow burning.
Things I didn’t like about A Court of Silver Flames:
– Rhys and Feyre. Honestly, this book really ruined them for me. They were judgmental and dismissive of Nesta’s ongoing trauma. They basically kidnapped her and then were upset when she wasn’t happy about it. I also found them to be massively hypocritical – Rhys always spouts about how everyone has a choice, and then forced Nesta’s hand over and over. He also used her for his own gains – it felt icky.
– Nobody ever actually apologizes to Nesta about their treatment of her.
– Elaine. God I cannot with her.
– Amren’s beef with Nesta – it felt forced and was never fully justified.
– Not a lot actually happens in this book – the plot was predictable and pretty sparse for over 700 pages
– The pregnancy twist – it undid a lot of the character growth for Feyre and was basically a device to make Rhys an asshole. The fact that Rhys hid the risks of her pregnancy from Feyre was abhorrent (plus the fact he threatened to kill Nesta for telling Feyre about the risks) cemented his asshole status
– If I read about one more faerie’s scent I will lose it