A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas. Worth all the stars!!!! Audiobook review #2021AudiobookChallenge

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.

 

Audiobook review

 

All the stars

 

Fair warning: I have tried three times to write this review so it might feel less thah stellar as I had so many thoughts to share! But no spoilers I promise!

 

First thought:

I never thought one day that Nesta would become my favorite Archeron sister yet, here we are! I don’t know why I doubted Sarah J Maas, she truly amazed me.

That book was fabulous!

 

Second, let me say that THIS IS NOT YA!!

You read in the synopsis that “temper is not the only thing that Cassian ignites in Nesta” and for those who wanted the heat in SJM books, you got it and aplenty!

If the sex scenes were worthy of the best romance writer specializing in HOT/erotic books, ironically, I could have done with less sex scenes. It was good seeing their attraction come to fruition but I wanted to focus more on Nesta’s growth and on the story-arc. Nesta’s journey was honestly the best part of this book.

 

Third, that book is a formidable testimony to resilience and rebirth.

Sarah J Maas dug deep into Nesta’s psyche, her past, her trauma.

She and several other side characters suffered from PTSD.

Seeing her and her friends climbing back, step by step, to an improved, stronger version or herself felt like a privilege.

It was meaningful. It was truly inspiring.

There were two scenes in particular, one in a forge, one on a training field where you could feel Nesta clawing her way back to sanity and strength. NEVER AGAIN, NEVER AGAIN, NEVER AGAIN!

These words resonated deep in my soul and I was crying while walking on the street, listening to the audiobook.

 

That’s when I realized all the hurt Nesta had to endure.

 

She endured her mother’s lack of love. Then she was nearly raped in her first life. She was also plagued by the immense guilt of failing her sisters, letting her younger sister, Feyre, feed them and get caught by Tamlin when she should have been the one to help.

Yet Sarah J Maas made me understand why Nesta didn’t help.

She wanted her father to care for them. To get out of his head and grief and finally be a father, a protector. And she RAGED as he didn’t. She HATED that he didn’t “man up.

Then, when he sailed to rescue his daughters and died from it, he told her “I have loved you from the moment you were born.” Can you imagine the GUILT she carried?

 

Nesta has lived battles. She has beheaded the King. She saw Cassian nearly die in the war.

When you add all her childhood trauma, of becoming poor, of not having her mother’s affection, of having an absent dad… I couldn’t help but feel sorrow for her.

 

That Feyre remained loving and sweet when she lived through it all was a miracle.

But Nesta was not made from the same cloth. Nesta was a wolf!

And so she bit. And clawed. And I understood. Truly.

 

All this long preamble to say that Nesta will begin this story at the bottom of a pit, loathing herself, and that she will have an incredible growth throughout the book.

The friendship she will form with equally hurt women will help her and her friends overcome their past trauma.

Their motto could be “stronger together”.

These women could bring warrior to their knees and rival with the bests by the end of the story.

That’s something that I adore in Sarah J Maas ‘s books: her cast of side characters is always stellar. I would never mind for them to be the main characters in spin off stories!

 

So we have PTSD, self-growth, friendship and love of course.

 

Fourth: I fell even more in love with Cassian in this book.

He is not only a hot body and jokester. He is a formidable warrior, but we knew it already, but he also has empathy for Nesta’s trauma.

When Rhys or Amren want to push Nesta, to ask her to “forget her trauma and get on with it already”, Cassian is the voice of reason.

HE knows what it means to go through something horrific. HE knows what it means to grieve while bearing an immense guilt. HE knows there is no set time to end mourning.

And he will be the one to have Nesta’s back all along. To have faith in her. To push her, taunt her and support her.

Cassian was just admirable.

 

Last but not least, you have an imminent war, again, and a quest to prevent said war plus another one to help to save lives (not telling more).

Also add some ancient contest to choose warriors that will end up with absolutely EPIC scenes, Nesta at their center, and you have a memorable book!

 

As with Crescent City, the last 10% of the book were packed with action and so many twists, acts of valor and hopeless scenes that I was left out of breath, as if I had run a marathon.

Sarah J Maas is simply brilliant!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

Sophie

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19 Replies to “A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J Maas. Worth all the stars!!!! Audiobook review #2021AudiobookChallenge”

  1. Eagerly waiting to pick this up! Amazing review as always!

    1. Thank you Poulami!!

  2. One day I’ll carry on with this series haha

    1. Fingers crossed!

  3. Amazing review! I also adored this book and agree with everything you said! I also could have done with just a little less sex scenes, but Nesta’s character arc and journey was beautiful to read and I loved her making friends and their journey together SO SO much <3

    1. I am glad that I am not the only one who, even being a romance reader, could have enjoyed it even better with fewer sex scenes Lindsey LOL

  4. So glad to see you give this one such a glowing review. TBH, Nesta has never been my favorite and I’ve been feeling unsure about diving into this one. Glad to see I have nothing to fear!

    1. I think you’re going to adore her Tanya!

  5. Glad this was good! And yes I’ve heard this is a hot little thing and not so much YA lol!

    1. So so hot Greg!!

  6. Awesome review, Sophie! This sounds amazing. I would not expect it to have a lot of sex based on the cover, lol.

    1. I know Tammy and yet… 🙂

  7. This sounds so amazing and I need to read this series ack! Fabulous review, Sophie!

    1. Thank you Jen!

  8. Fab review! Defo not YA! I was grasping at my pearls hahahaaaa!

    1. I had no pearls anymore by the end of the story Caro! I clutched them too tight LOL

      1. Pahahaaaa! It certainly was raunchy (and delightful!!!)

  9. Fantastic review! I haven’t read this yet but I’m glad to hear that you loved it! I love Nesta and this sounds like an intense read.

    1. It was Raven! I was so surprised!!

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