Title: A Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: 16th February 2021
Rating: 3/5 stars
“I am the rock against which the surf crashes.” Nesta straightened at the words, as if they were a prayer and a summons. Gwyn lifted the blade. “Nothing can break me.”
Ah, yes. The day has finally come to review this brick of a book.
Was I excited to read this book? Yes.
Am I excited to review this book? No.
So, without further ado, let’s dive into my thoughts.
I thought that the way the Inner Circle treated Nesta in the beginning was unforgivable and awful. They knew that there was definitely something wrong, but still they continued to be rude and break her down. I am especially disappointed in Amren and Rhys, both of who I would have thought would be more understanding of Nesta’s trauma.
I found the writing a bit cheesy. Perhaps it’s just because I haven’t read a SJM book in a long while or because maybe I have outgrown her writing these past few months, but this writing wasn’t on par to the SJM writing I knew and loved in the past.
There was no real solid plot line to follow. This is a book that is heavily character-focused rather than story-focused. I didn’t really care about the story that took place in the background and the climax of the story felt flat. I’m sure the story about the human queens was interesting, but while reading, all I really cared about was Nesta and Cas.
Yes, the plot line was weak but the character growth?
SJM does best when she has to convince her readers to love a character. ACOSF feels very much the same as Heir of Fire and A Court of Mist and Fury. We get to know Nesta better and the more I read of her perspective, the more I read about how her mind works, the more I sympathized with her. She has been through so much and her way of dealing with her trauma was a way that made many uncomfortable.
But that is what grief is when it is not romanticized. I am glad that Nesta found her way out of that dark place and I’m glad she has someone like Cassian by her side.
I loved seeing Feyre as a side-character. We’ve all become so used to seeing everything from her perspective, this book was a fresh breath of air. She is so adorable and tried to help Nesta as much as she could. Rhys, on the other hand, irritated me very much. He was incredibly rude towards Nesta and wasn’t helpful at all. Rhys from Feyre’s perspective is perfect; Rhys from Nesta’s perspective? Not so perfect.
I think that says a lot.
Also, I was hoping for a bit more diversity in this book? Yes, we got 2 new characters, but I felt like we could have gotten so much more. This book could have opened up the world a bit more, introduced more people and cultures, but it did not. This world felt quite small and limited.
It hurts my heart to say bad things about a book that I loved, but it doesn’t help to see only the good and ignore the bad.
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Till we meet again!