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A ​Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
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really liked it
bookshelves: own, pre-ordered

I doubt anybody will bother reading this review because you're either going to read this book or you're not. There's no convincing any new reader at this point.

What can I add that hasn't already been said?

I will argue for one thing, and I know many will disagree: I don't like Nesta, and it's not because she was a 'bitch' to Feyre. It's because she was ABUSIVE.
You guys love to slam Tamlin, to say 'no forgiveness, he was an asshole'. But have any of you considered that Nesta was abusive to Feyre, too? She neglected any care toward her most vulnerable family member and cruelly forced that family member to make sacrifices harmful to oneself. Nesta continued to not have any remorse After the Cauldron and continued to be verbally abusive to Feyre for years. It's not like Nesta was incapable of treating her any different: we saw how she took care of Elain.

It was incredibly difficult to see Nesta redeem and heal herself in this book. It was also unsatisfying for us to not see Nesta's perspective of Elain. Nesta is portrayed as borderline OBSESSED with Elain throughout the previous trilogy, for any circumstance or sentence, it almost always was about Elain. Then suddenly, we are in her mind, and she hardly ever thinks of Elain. After Nesta's thinking/saying, "Elain this, Elain that" for at least 20 years of her life, it seemed unrealistic to me. I understand this could reflect their fractured relationship, but it also seemed like another inconsistency to Nesta's character.

My experience with this book correlated largely with its structure:
Part 1 - hesitant, just here for Cassian, feeling very disconnected from Nesta.
Part 2 - this section felt like a drag, though I understand it was 'important' for the non-romantic arc.
Part 3 - absolute epicness, loved seeing Nesta face her trauma and repent for her misgivings.
Part 4 - atonement, forgiveness, epic drama, tension, and friendship that matched what I love so much from ACOMAF.

Nesta: sorry-not-sorry; just like Tamlin, I won't forgive an abuser. But I did enjoy her characterisation from Part 3+. I also enjoyed experiencing her depression. SJM writes women in depression so acute to my own experiences and thoughts, and I revel in how shit it makes me feel. It's deeply triggering, but I love the grittiness all the same.
CASSIANNNNNN: fave. Cutie. Loved it. Loved him and Nesta. I loved him being jealous. I loved him being coy. SJM poorly executed his issues about being a 'brute', but idc he's here to serve the romance plot woohoo.

Side note: Why do all of SJM's ships have to have at least ONE member of the pair going through suicidal breakdowns? Why is it that the man is literally the cure to the heroine's issues, whether they save her, cure her, or in Nessian's story, redeem her? There has not been a single couple created by SJM where these experiences don't occur. I appreciate that her masculine leads are typically feminist: but they only ever are because of their mothers, sisters, cousins, or ex-lovers trauma. Which IRKS me, okay? It's the same shit we deal with when a politician or businessman makes a statement about how women "deserve" respect and rights because they are mothers, sisters, cousins, wives, daughters, etc. Do you see what the problem is in holding that view? It proves that you only view women valid once they serve a relationship TO A MAN. As if women, by their own individual existence, don't already deserve rights and recognition. And SJM only ever shows her men who 'respect' women when they've suffered the loss/harm of their loved ones. Why can't a man just go, "yeah, this is stuffed up. I, myself, wouldn't like to be treated this way." NO, IT NEVER IS: Az has the trauma of his mother; so does Cass; and so does Rhys (+ his sister, and Mor).

Rant over, I guess.

Rhys: I saw on Twitter a hilarious podcast say that Rhys [+ Azriel] are just Uber drivers in this story, which had me ROLLING. I don't think Rhys is an asshole in this, not for one second. Why do I think Rhys' treatment is justified??? Go back to my first point: Nesta was an abuser to Feyre, just like Tamlin. And I don't see any of you ruffling your feathers for how Rhys views Tamlin. The ONLY thing I would possibly disagree with was how Rhys revoked both Nesta AND Feyre's abilities to decide for themselves. HOWEVER, again, let's reposition this: how would you want Rhys to treat Tamlin? ... that's what I thought.

Rhys and Feyre were poorly written into this book. They really should have had their own chapters. It was extremely disappointing to see them have no focus until the final 'moment', during the birth. To me, this clearly shows different eras of when SJM was writing: a) straight after writing ACOWAR; b) after her fathers' health issues; c) after SJM experienced her own pregnancy+birth. The tone + style of her writing is so disjointed in this book, and I think it strongly reflects the ebbs and flows of her different writing periods over the years.
Feyre: there is nothing to note about Feyre; she's hardly a two-dimensional character in this novel. Was it on purpose? Possibly, but I also think a lot of it was weak writing. It's like SJM couldn't TRULY personalise two heroines in the same room together, interacting. She siloed her abilities to one main character at a time.
Az: I do not care who he ends up with; Gwyn or Elain. But can it just STOP being dragged on? PLEASE, GOD, it's not going anywhere. After reading the bonus chapter, I believe he'll still end up with Elain. SJM has to prove that 'not all mates' end up together. Or else she validates abusive relationships, such as Tamlins' family etc.
Gwyn and Emerie: I loved these girls, and I'm so glad SJM finally showed an 'inner circle' between JUST WOMEN. It's so fucking weird that SJM hadn't done that before. Frankly, it's weird. Every single one of SJM's female characters (including ToG) goes through trauma from men. AS IF their newfound healing relationships would easily include men (and sometimes EXCLUSIVELY just men). I also loved that these women were in their mid-to-late 20s. There's something about it that I just... liked. Not sure what.
The House: I loved that the House of Wind was sentient/Made. It was such a cute, added detail.
Mor: rip my girl played no part in this, which sucked, and I forgot how close she + Feyre is.

Mini-rant: Amren wanted Rhys to usurp Prythian as his king. She argued that it would be 'safer in his hands' than anyone else becoming High King of Prythian. DOES ANYONE ELSE SEE WHY THIS IS FUCKED??? WHAT WAS AMREN FIGHTING FOR IN ACOWAR, THEN??? AS IF OTHER 'EVIL DICTATORS' DON'T THINK OF THEMSELVES AS 'THE RIGHT HANDS'? WHAT WAS THAT MESSAGE? WHAT THE FUCK? THAT WAS SO INCONSISTENT FROM THE TRILOGY. WHY NOT JUST LET HYBERN RULE, THEN, AMREN??? WHY? and it was left unresolved... I. DO. NOT. EVER. WANT TO SEE RHYS AS THE HIGH KING. That would be ridiculous and stupid. Just so over-the-line for any of their values. @SJM, please don't do this. You'll make Rhys into an absolute idiot of a 'mighty ruler' at that point, and I WOULD side with the Rhys-antis that you've made him so egotistical bastard.

Part 1 should've been in ACOFAS; there was hardly a distinction between it. All that really happens is that Nesta settles into the House of Wind. Cool. Oh wait, there are still 300 pages??? God damnit.
Part 2 should've been shortened.
BUT PART 3 AND 4 WERE PERFECTION AND WERE ON THE SAME LEVEL AS ACOMAF QUALITY. I loved the adventure, I loved the violence, and I loved the sex/romance. YES. YES. YES. PERFECTION. PERRRRFECTION. I am so sad that it ended; I miss being in that part of the book.

I was upset that SJM was so lazy that she just copied+pasted the Valkyrie mythology. She didn't even TRY to adapt it. And then I, on a whim, Googled 'Illyrian'. That turns out to be real, too. So she combined Illyria + Sparta into her mythos, but so what?? That was so lazy. I'm Big Mad at it.

1. 'gentle-males'
2. She was a wolf who had never learned how to BE a wolf, thanks to that cage humans called propriety and society... like any maltreated animal, she bit anyone who came near. Good thing he liked being bitten.

no. i hate this. i hate it. goodbye. That quote gets worse too. I refuse to type anymore.

what a fucking mess. WHY DID YOU RUSH THE FEYSAND ISSUE. WhAT Was the REASON. WHY. Besides that, I loved all of the resolution. I love how Rhys BOWED to her. gfdxserdtfyghujnkmljnibhguyfrctgvhbjnkm That was so incredibly significant. So powerful. Wow wow wow. It took my breath away. I'm teary-eyed just thinking of her running over the fields with her sisters. GOD. The feels. Part 1 and 2 felt like a completely different Nesta, not because she was depressed. The writing styles were similar to how she wrote ACOFAS, and I'm not alone in viewing that book as the weird outcast that doesn't really FEEL like SJM wrote it. But Part 3 and 4 perfectly returned SJM's writing style to how it was in ACOMAF, and I loved every page of it. Loved it. LOVED IT.


I look forward to rereading this book, particularly Parts 3 and 4. Also, the smut was 10/10, and that means everything to me, does it not??

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Reading Progress

January 4, 2021 – Shelved as: pre-ordered
January 4, 2021 – Shelved as: own
January 4, 2021 – Shelved
March 22, 2021 – Started Reading
March 22, 2021 –
page 52
6.87% "I’m loving this but I think I’m loving this for Feyrhys lol"
March 22, 2021 –
page 52
6.87% "I’ve seen ppl say Rhys is an asshole in this… idk guys, I hate Nesta more than Tamlin. Nesta was the shittest older sister and family member ever and she still thinks she’s justified. I think it’s reasonable for how snappy Rhys is, especially since he can ‘relive’ Feyre’s experiences with Nesta…"
March 23, 2021 –
page 95
12.55% "Tbh I don’t care abt Jurian or Vaasa but I am DOWN for Autumn Court politics ✌🏻"
March 23, 2021 –
page 132
17.44% "Every time I read a SJM book, I relive my times with suicidal misery and eating disorders… and yet, I revel in it. I connect to her protagonists so much when they go through similar things.

I still find it weird tho that the moral/solution to that is through a man pushing her to return to ‘life’/her true self…"
March 23, 2021 –
page 132
17.44% "Florence + the Machine’s album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” is the soundtrack for me reading everything abt Nesta ✌🏻"
March 23, 2021 –
page 135
17.83% "What normal people think of when they hear the word bargain: 🛍🛒💰
What I think of when I hear the word bargain: 💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦💦 💍💍💍💍💦💦💦💦💦💦 ❤️❤️❤️

SJM what have u done to me"
March 23, 2021 –
page 145
19.15% "Ok ok ok ok ok I’m liking this"
March 23, 2021 –
page 145
19.15% "I don’t want Feyre and Nesta to rekindle and be the Best of Best Sisters ok I’ll be so pissed of that’s how this ends"
March 23, 2021 –
page 189
24.97% "Ok their training scenes remind me so much of Dimitri and Rose from VA"
March 23, 2021 –
page 196
25.89% "It’s still unexplained what motivates Nesta to help ALL of the priestesses.

Last I checked; that’s a Very Feyre type of concern, not at all like Nesta… who, remember, didn’t even care about Feyre (and still doesn’t), and definitely didn’t care about empowering any woman— herself and Elain included."
March 23, 2021 –
page 201
26.55% "Elaine’s scent is of “jasmine and honey”

So what you’re REALLY telling me, is that she smells like a stale grandma?? Ok.."
March 23, 2021 –
page 222
29.33% "Listen; we deserve a re-write for ACOMAF.

How come Nessian get several explicit sex scenes and yet Feysand still fell into the ‘and fade to black’ device???"
March 24, 2021 –
page 231
30.52% "Very conscientious that they forgot the Dread Trove, but a cool fantasy lore nonetheless. Now I understand the choice of this book’s cover."
March 24, 2021 –
page 231
30.52% "Confession: I find Elain and Azriel, individually, boring as fuck. Especially Elain. Why can’t she be the perfect lil garden queen in the Spring Court or something GAWD."
March 24, 2021 –
page 239
March 24, 2021 –
page 271
35.8% "Part 2, here we come!"
March 24, 2021 –
page 289

(I’m up to The Dining Table Scene)"
March 24, 2021 –
page 308
40.69% "I love this and I love Rhysand ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️"
March 25, 2021 –
page 334
44.12% "Huh… I never, not once, considered Tamlin’s reaction to Feysand’s pregnancy…"
March 25, 2021 –
page 338
44.65% "RIP to Feyre but @Rhys I’m 21, too. I can’t fight to save shit but bonus: I can’t shapeshift, I’m available on Sunday nights ✌🏻😘😘"
March 25, 2021 –
page 354
46.76% "I love Cassian’s love for Nesta argh"
March 25, 2021 –
page 394
March 26, 2021 –
page 454
59.97% "Can Amren SHUT UP oh my god— that’s some corrupt ideas of power going on; as if they didn’t just fight a war with somebody who wanted to be The King of their continent. If Amren did believe any of what she just said, she wouldn’t have fought against King Hybern 🙄🙄🙄🙄"
March 27, 2021 –
page 463
61.16% "Wasn’t expecting such an important Tamlin scene. Honestly, this is a highlight to me. I NEED MORE CLOSURE WITH TAMLIN.

Will we see him die??? Will we see who inherits the Spring Court’s High Lord/Lady title if he were to die? Could it somehow go to Elaine etc

Or Will we see him settle for a replacement-Feyre???"
March 27, 2021 –
page 463
61.16% "Hey instead of an ACOTAR RV adaption can we please just get rewrites to ACOMAF+WAR with explicit Feysand scenes???? Pls and thanks"
March 28, 2021 –
page 472
62.35% "I really enjoyed that chapter (abt Nesta’s ballroom dancing).

Notably, it didn’t have Nesta (or Mor) in it.

Rhys was funny, and I adored seeing Cassian’s fall more in love with Nesta ❤️"
March 28, 2021 –
page 482
63.67% "This is the climax of Nesta’s entire life and I have to STOP, mid-argument, to attend 4hrs of uni. NOOOOOOOOO"
March 29, 2021 –
page 482
63.67% "We love a messy bitch*

* that messy bitch is Nesta"
March 29, 2021 –
page 513
67.77% "I’m shocked at how cold Cassian was…

Loving how Nesta’s issues unfolded.

Up to part 3: Valkyrie 🎉"
March 29, 2021 –
page 513
67.77% "Wait a second.... I didn’t know that Illyria was a real concept. I thought SJM just keyboard smashed more pretty words.... it’s a real fucking thing, where the Alps were???? BRUH.

My heart is broken— I already found it lazy that she’s now included the Valkyries, as if she’s incapable of creating her own version in her fantasy...."
March 30, 2021 –
page 540
71.33% "Loving the Prison scenes— this feels more like ACOMAF, which is good."
March 31, 2021 –
page 595
78.6% "Here’s me loving Part 3 because we got Cassian getting secret lessons to impress Nesta AND chapters of moody, jealous Cassian ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ yaaas"
March 31, 2021 –
page 595
78.6% "Hey just putting this out there has Cassian been taking the contraceptive poison bc like it’s been months and we haven’t heard abt the painful period 💀💀💀"
March 31, 2021 –
page 634
83.75% "Starfall?!? Friendship and chosen families???

Part 3 is entirely ACOMAF and I wish we had MORE of it"
April 3, 2021 –
page 646
85.34% "I love that Cassian’s way around the bargain is “I will be SO annoying, she will have to speak to me.”

They’re so cuuuute 😂😍❤️😘😘😘"
April 3, 2021 –
page 676
89.3% "Part 4 is AWESOME! I wasn’t expecting this complication. I love it I love it I love it."
April 3, 2021 –
page 680
89.83% "Typo"
April 3, 2021 – Finished Reading

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SanaBanana loved this review! theres so much i agree with and also so much takes that i have not considered re: male love interest being the 'cure' to heroines issues.
But i 10000% had the same thought with rhysand being the High King and it was great seeing it articulated into words lol

message 2: by Cal (new) - rated it 4 stars

Cal (Cal's Reading Corner) SanaBanana wrote: "loved this review! theres so much i agree with and also so much takes that i have not considered re: male love interest being the 'cure' to heroines issues.
But i 10000% had the same thought with ..."

Thank you, Sana, I appreciate you reading and replying to my review <3

There's still plenty of spelling errors lol, I may need to re-vise what I articulated ;) I am heated on a few problems by SJM-- don't get me wrong, she + Cassie Clare are my all-time faves. But I'm getting older and more critical about the messages that are taught via their female characters, and it leaves me... bitter. Eek.

Still revelled in Nessian + romance tho <3 :D

message 3: by Cal (new) - rated it 4 stars

Cal (Cal's Reading Corner) UPDATE: I tried to clear out some of my spelling errors haha

Stephanie all i have to add to this is that the R2D2 gif made me laugh so much, perfect addition

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Cal (Cal's Reading Corner) Stephanie wrote: "all i have to add to this is that the R2D2 gif made me laugh so much, perfect addition"

HAHA thank you, nothing else for 'screaming' can truly capture how I felt

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