This has been the book I have been most excited about as a 2021 release and not because I have been a huge fan of Nesta but because it’s an ACOTAR book.
The review might contain possible spoilers.
The eldest Archeron sister has always been very proud, quick to anger and slow with her forgiveness and becoming High Fae only made those traits stronger and more pronounced. Her trauma from becoming Fae against her will and trying to fit in this new world does not help either.
Her relationship with her sister and the rest of the Night Court is strained at best and most interactions between the two sides most often end up in conflict. But that isn’t the biggest issue – war is brewing once more in the human lands and the peace between Fae and humans is fragile, and the key to stopping it lays in Nesta and the General of the Night Court’s hands.
The book tells the story of battling one’s demons while monsters from without are also trying to break you. It’s a story of healing, acceptance and forgiveness.
What I liked about the book: Okay, I read this book twice, picking it up again as soon as I finished it the first time because I binged it and finished it in less than 48 hours. I have never been a Nesta fan but I was curious where this book would take us, and honestly I was skeptical if I would like it but I can easily say that it’s become my second comfort book after A Court of Mist and Fury in the series. I loved the way we are thrown into Nesta’s story and the way her redemption arc is built. Granted, there were moments where I wanted to scream at her, but I think it’s a completely normal think to want to scream at the book that you are reading.
The big thing about this book is that we are thrown head first into how Nesta deals with her PTSD from the events that have unfolded over the past several years. We are given a front row seat to her realizations and recovery, as well as her desire to get better. I loved this because it made me think about the things that I have gone through, how I have coped and how I could do better.
What can I say about the other characters – I was saddened that we got to read so little about Mor and Amren. The Bat Boys own my heart, obviously. I loved learning about Emerie and Gwyn and I am very curious to learn more about them.
There were some very powerful scenes but I don’t want to spoil too much from the book.
What I didn’t like about the book: I knew heading into A Court of Silver Flames that it wouldn’t be a Feysand book yet I still hoped that we would get at least a little bit more than what we got. The bonus chapter didn’t do it for me either. The overall lack of moments with the Inner Circle saddened me because I miss them but that isn’t to say that the book is bad because of it. No, quite the contrary – Nesta finds her own friend group and starts building her life and the process of that is beautiful.
My rating: 5/5 stars
A quote: “She would not be mastered by anything again. She was the master of herself.”
If you’ve read this book, did you like it?