Synopsis: 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 have to admit, this one took a little while to get into. Though I loved going back to Prythian, Nesta is an unlikable main character. She made it a little tough for me to care, but I recognize that was the point. Once I got into it, there were several parts of the book that made me gasp because of some good twists.
Things I liked:
✨Cassian *chefs kiss*
✨Gwyn and Emerie and the friendships between the Valkyries
✨Any mention of Feyre and Rhysand. Absolutely loved their side storyline.
✨Nesta’s recognition of her faults and her redemption.
✨Spicy scenes were top notch.
✨ The Harp being a portal between worlds - this was such a juicy tidbit. I’m speculating since I haven’t read any other Maas series, but think this will tie into the Crescent City series.
What didn’t land as well:
- It was long and over the course of the main plot, not much actually happened.
- The Dead Trove seemed like a bit of a reach (glamoured to make people forget it? Seems too easy).
- Briallyn is bad but not the worst villain? She sort of just sat in her castle the whole time?
- The plot reminded me of Amarantha’s VERY specific curse. With Koschei and Briallyn and the Trove and Made items… it really seemed like Sarah J Maas was just like “I don’t know, add another thing, like calls to like and all that.”
Overall, I would still recommend to ACOTAR fans. I’m critical because it is such a long book that is setting up for further epic battles. I’ll still read the next in the series.
Have you read A Court of Silver Flames? Your thoughts?