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Book Review: “A Court of Silver Flames” by Sarah J. Maas


Laurie Lencioni

“A Court of Silver Flames” by Sarah J. Maas at Barnes and Noble

Laurie Lencioni, Staff Writer

“I wish for us to have the courage to go out into the world when we are ready, but to always be able to find our way back to each other. No matter what,” by Sarah J. Maas from “A Court of Silver Flames.”

In the beginning of 2021, Sarah J. Maas introduced a new fantasy fiction story that once again left her readers wanting more. In her newest addition to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, titled “A Court of Silver Flames,” readers follow the adventures of Nesta Archeron and Cassian after the war that changed their world forever. 

Nesta Archeron is a human turned Fae by the power of a magic artifact called the Cauldron, and is the eldest sister of the previous main character, Feyre Archeron. In the beginning readers are introduced to her self-destructive tendencies and follow her in trying to overcome her own mind. 

Cassian is the General and Commander of the Night Court’s army and is invested in trying to pry open Nesta’s closed off personality.

In the beginning of the book, Nesta is forced by her sister Feyre, the High Lady of the Night Court, and Rhysand, the High Lord of the Night Court, into training with Cassian in an attempt to find a potential solution to her destructive ways. 

Nesta is sent away to the training fields of the Illyrians, the winged warriors of the Night Court, and while training she meets many female Illyrians who have seemingly suffered worse than Nesta. This experience opens Nesta’s mind and allows the first steps of her healing to begin. 

“A Court of Silver Flames” is a mix between Young Adult,  New Adult, and Adult fantasy writing. There are some darker themes such as self-destruction, violence, depression, PTSD, and self-loathing. These themes are what cause this book to shift between Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult literature. 

This book differs from previous writing by Sarah J. Maas because it pushes the boundaries of her normal Young Adult writing. Her more intense themes may cause certain readers to be put off, however, she does delicately deliver these ideas. 

The story of Nesta and Cassian will often deal with depression and immense grief, but Sarah J. Maas also gives these characters healthy and safe outlets to express their grief. Maas gives a healthy outlook on how to deal with grief and depression. 

In my opinion, this book is 5 out of 5 stars and is definitely worth the time it takes to read it.  Maas takes the readers into the lives of the characters and makes them seem real. Maas takes the readers through the emotional journey of the characters. Because of this, it enhances the reader’s experience during the book. 

“A Court of Silver Flames” is an incredible book, and if you are a fan of Sarah J. Maas, you should definitely  read this next. The story of Nesta and Cassian will consume you and leave you insatiable for more.