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

Title: A Court of Silver Flames

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

In short: Sarah J.Maas ACOTAR series gets darker and sexier.

Sarah J.Maas has captured the hearts of thousands of readers with her sexy Fae series A Court of Thorns and Roses. Three books and a novella in and I have found myself completely hooked by the characters and the world Maas has built. It should therefore be no surprise that A Court of Silver Flames was my most anticipated release of 2021. I was so excited that I managed to acquire three copies of the book as I needed to read it as soon as it was released. The book has since become my favourite read of 2021.

I devoured A Court of Silver Flames in just two days. It was an absolute whirlwind but I enjoyed every second. The sore neck I got afterward was worthwhile. It is a hefty tome after all. Like her fans, Maas seems to really enjoy spending time with all her characters. Naturally, the book is a massive 768 pages long. But it’s 768 pages of pure amazing. I thought I liked Nesta as a character before I read this book. I now know that I love Nesta as a character after reading this book.

Considering it is a fantasy book series, ACOTAR deals with some very real world problems. In the earlier books it was Feyre and her trauma. In this book Nesta also deals with her mental health. At the start of the book she is in a bad place in her life. Everyone around her seems to be happy but she still has to find a way to be. I thought the way Maas painted her journey and described her coping mechanisms in this book was absolutely fantastic. I think many of her readers will be able to relate to Nesta’s journey despite the fact that she is from a completely different world.

A huge part of Nesta’s journeyin this book involves her making new friendships. These new characters have their own difficult pasts which unfold throughout the novel. I enjoyed watching these characters develop alongside Nesta as their friendship grew. Female friendships are often under-utilized in fantasy novels. But that’s not the case with the books Maas writes. One of the reasons I’m such a fan of Maas is because of her portrayal of these friendships which she somehow manages to include in almost all of her novels. Another reason I absolutely love Maas is the smut she includes in her books.

The covers of the entire ACOTAR series were changed in line with the publication of A Court of Silver Flames. While I wasn’t a huge fan of the design I can see why the cover change was necessary. The earlier covers hinted at the books being young adult. These books are certainly not that and A Court of Silver Flames is without a doubt not meant for younger readers.

I thought after reading A Court of Mist and Fury that the sex scenes Maas writes wouldn’t get much more sexy. But the scenes in this book are a whole new level of sexy. I felt myself getting hot under the collar more than once while reading this book.

Somehow between all the character development and the sex scenes Maas also manages to put in a few fantasy elements. There is a quest for some objects. There are evil characters. There are evil monsters. There are characters who are morally grey. There is magic. Maas also draws on Nordic and Celtic mythology to help tell the story. It was a nice addition to the book and I think fans will appreciate Maas putting something more familiar into her books.

Watching a book launch event yesterday Maas stated that she would keep writing books in this world as long as people keep reading them. Honestly, I’ll happily read any books that Maas publishes about this world and all of the incredible characters in it. I just can’t get enough.

I’m rating A Court of Silver Flames 5/5 stars on Goodreads.

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