Finally, we’ve reached the latest installment of the ACOTAR series, as well as the series’ last book review. The sheer size of this book is the first thing you notice when you take it up. It’s a hefty book, and finishing it took me a long time.
What’s the book about?
Nesta’s personal journey and her relationship with Cassian take precedence over the plot in this fantasy novel. Along with their more serious moments containing some disputes, their snark and ease with one another was a lot of fun to read. SJM has nailed the mix between romance and relationship development. In that the world building and plot set the stage for the remainder of the series. I believe ACOSF functions as a sort of an ACOTAR world reset for the next books in the series.
Female friendship is unquestionably one of the most enjoyable aspects of ACOSF. Nesta, Emerie, and Gwyn have a fantastic bond. I’m looking forward to seeing more of their dynamic, as well as Emerie and Gwyn, in the next books.
After this book I was left wanting more from Azriel and Mor. If I had to choose, I’d read a book by Azriel first ( clearly I’m biased for him) because there is so much build-up in ACOSF about learning more about his character.
For much of the book, Nesta is full of wrath, anguish, and determination; but, her original character, that steely conviction that made me love her when Feyre first went into Prythian, is missing. Nesta’s personality is inadvertently suggested to be primarily shaped by her trauma, and that when she’s truly ‘healed’, her entire demeanour changes. Earlier works in the series deal with trauma and life after as well, but with a focus on acceptance. But for Nesta; she isn’t accepted unless she conforms to certain ideals about who she should be, which makes her story a little difficult to absolutely love.
When Silver Flames shines brightest, it belongs to Nesta alone, not even to Cassian, who adds another dimension to story. For Nesta, Maas creates a distinct life for her, one in which she has her own friends, directs her own training, and rediscovers her own passions.
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