Saturday, August 26, 2023

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

A Court of Silver Flames
My Rating: ★★★★★★★★★☆

This installment in the Court of Thorns and Roses series centers primarily around Nesta and Cassian. As the rest of the gang are strategizing to prevent another war, Nesta is fighting the demons inside her. We get a deep dive into her character, find out what makes her tick and why she is the way she is. Yeah, since the change she's got that whole PTSD thing going on, causing her to push people away... but she was a major bitch even before then as a human. And I like that we get to find out more about that too. While I didn't really appreciate the way the rest of the "Inner Circle" went about forcing her to deal with her issues, I'm glad it was effective. For in the end, Nesta has gone from a cold, uncaring individual to a passionate, headstrong badass!

While her struggles and sacrifices are laid bare for the reader to see, she continues to build a wall around herself throughout most of the book to keep from opening up her emotions to others. The new friendships she develops with Gwyn and Emelie (and the house) are heartwarming, and eventually help her to grow and develop, to open up and overcome most of her issues. Plus the whole Vakyrie warrior thing was awesome! (My computer is actually named Valkyrie so yeah, I've got a thing for them!)

This book definitely fell outside of the Young Adult category for sure though... the sex scenes were pretty hard and explicit. Not really any complaints from me, but it wasn't until I got to these parts that I understood SJM abandoned the YA category for this title completely.

While the outside plot here was a bit minimal, it's the character development of Nesta that was the primary focus of this book. And I can't believe I gobbled down all 757 pages in just 4 days. I only hope Nesta didn't completely lose all her sharpness to become a meek flower like Elain. I'll be looking forward to upcoming books in the series to find out.

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