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Similar to A Court of Mist and Fury, A Court of Silver Flames is a slow burn. There is an incredible amount of character development and worldbuilding within these pages, just don’t expect anything to happen quickly. Well, until you get to the last 15% where everything happens at once.
I’ve been waiting for this story since Nesta and Cassian met and I loved every page. It was incredible to see them evolve from interesting side characters to vivid, complex protagonists. Nesta’s inner turmoil as she befriends Gwyn, Emerie and the House feels genuine and realistic. She doesn’t fix herself in a day – it takes time and even as she is getting better she still makes mistakes and slides back into old patterns. Her self-loathing was heartbreaking and mirrored Cassian’s so beautifully – the way they worked together in training, as courtiers, and in battle was balanced and supportive. I couldn’t picture either of them with anyone else.
I loved that while Nesta and Cassian’s love story was a central part of this book, it was almost overshadowed by Nesta finding her own family in Gwyn and Emerie. Three lost, lonely, and abused women finding each other and becoming Valkyries is a story I would read any day.
This is the first time I’m actually shelving a book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses series as an erotic romance. It seems like we’ve stepped up to another level of graphic language and the sex scenes play an integral role in the plot. The erotica itself is still not my favourite, but either Maas is getting better at writing it or I’m just lowering my standards on this front after four books, because I definitely didn’t cringe as much as I usually do.
I loved this book and it’s a wonderful addition to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series. I’ve been dreading getting to this point and not having another book to start reading immediately, but I do wonder how much longer I’ll be able to turn a blind eye to …
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