Review: (Unpopular opinion!)A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas!


A ​Court of Silver Flames (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #4)

Title: A Court of Silver Flames

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Published

Published: February 16, 2021

Pages: 768

Format: My Hardcover copy

I apologize in advance that this will be one heck of a rant. I’ve stewed over this long enough that it’s time to just write this review and see what comes out of my crazy mixed emotions with this one.

First of all, this thing is massive. I had no idea it would be this long. I was COMPLETELY blind on purpose. I’ve been enjoying my reads like this lately. Anyways, let’s also talk about this horrendous cover. It’s bad. I was so torn on pre-ordering it because I hate it. I just love SJM so much that I did it anyways.

Okay, I was really excited for this one and had really high expectations because it seemed everyone was giving it 5 stars. It seems that I am the unpopular opinion.

I was really looking forward to Nesta’s story. She wasn’t a favorite until the end of the original trilogy. I was really looking forward into really delving deep into her character. I feel like there are times that we get some things but mostly surface. There was a lot of lost opportunity for me. She’s going through a lot of regret and guilt. There’s a lot of PTSD and dark emotions but we don’t really get into that. She just needs to “get in shape and over it,” but that’s now how life really works.

I did really enjoy Cassian. I love how he was so gentle and thought about the women he was training. I loved the female empowerment in this book.

Now.. onto what really drove me nuts. The sex. Oh my gosh. I have nothing against some good ol’ sex scenes but this was over the top. When they weren’t having sex both of them were BOTH constantly thinking about it. I couldn’t go one instance or training without them talking about jerking off or what not. It was so much and basically all the 2/3’s of this book is. I missed SO much plot. It took me weeks to finish this book because it just didn’t call to me.

It wasn’t until page 400ish that I really started getting into the plot. The story finally started to move and I got through the rest easier. With that being said, the pacing is just so slow. Beyond the slow plot was the amount of this book that was beyond predictable. I guessed everything about this book because it was just all there.. no surprised and that was part of my issue with the plot.

I did really enjoy the last 1/3 of the book. When things start to happen and unfold then it really caught my attention and I had a harder time putting it down. I did guess the ending but I was really happy with how things ended up. Although, I do think that we got a bit too much of Rhys and Feyre. They had their trilogy and I don’t think they should have had a such a major role in this one. I might be just nit-picking now.

I am pleased to have learned that this is not the start of a trilogy. We will be getting standalones with the characters BUT I’m sure there will be a lot of overlap, like this one.

Overall, I didn’t hate this book. I was just massively disappointed and I was a bit confused on what Maas was trying to do here. She changed her writing style and it was too much. I will probably (most definitely) read the next one because I still stan Maas but I will dash my high expectations a bit.


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24 thoughts on “Review: (Unpopular opinion!)A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas!

  1. Completely agree Leslie… thankfully I had low expectations but I was still disappointed 😞
    Gosh.. I frankly didn’t even bother reading the sex scenes.. I was just so over them after the first one and then skim read through the rest.
    Hopefully the next book will be better.

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    • Yeah, I’m starting to see more people feel the same but I’m still not sure about all those 5 star reviews. LOL! Haha!! Same.. it was like every other page.. to a point it felt like I was just skimming a lot! πŸ˜©πŸ€¦πŸ»β€β™€οΈ

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  2. I definitely agree that the sex scenes were a bit much! I have not yet read Crescent City by SJM but I watched something with SJM saying that CC2 might rival ACOSF’s sexiness/sex scenes. Maybe I am small minded/innocent/whatever but I can’t imagine it getting more sexy than ACOSF πŸ˜‚ I don’t know if I would be able to handle it πŸ˜‚

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    • WHHHHHHAATTTT. That makes me so sad to hear because OH MY GOSH! That would be insane. ugh. No, you are not small minded.. it was A LOT. I mean… I’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey and I think ACOSF had more sex in it! LOL.

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  3. I haven’t read any of the books in this series πŸ˜‚ the only Maas book I’ve read was Throne of glass when I was younger. (I tried several times after that to get a hold of the others in the series but never could because the library copies were always taken and eventually I forgot what Throne of glass was about!).
    Although, House of Earth and blood is on its way so hopefully I’m still into her books!
    Great post, by the way!

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    • Thank you!! Oh gosh… I am sorry about that! Sometimes libraries can be frustrating with holds. lol. I love Throne of Glass! Such a lengthy series though. Ohh, House of Earth and Blood might be my favorite Maas book and I hope that you enjoy it!! It’s such a great one.

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        • The box sets are awesome too.. bc they all match! haha. They are great though. I love her. I really hope you enjoy House of Earth and blood! I can’t wait to see what you think of it! πŸ™‚

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          • Ahhh matching box sets are so satisfying πŸ˜‚ 😁 house of Earth and blood JUST arrived I’m so excited! πŸ˜‚ cursing myself for getting the paperback though, it’s humongous! I don’t want to break the spine

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          • YAY!! I am so excited for you!! Ahh, yes it’s so huge. Like over 800 pages, I think?? Yeah, I always get so nervous but they are so much easier to handle than the extra lbs from the hardcover! I wish you the best of luck not breaking that spine!! <3<3

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  4. Hahaha I feel like I need to read this book now. I mean, I know I mentioned that I was waffling about picking it up but I’ve been leaning more and more to picking it up. Sounds like her version of “adult fantasy” is literally sex, huh? 🀣 Sounds like this is more erotica with how much the sex seems to be mentioned (nothing wrong with erotica if that’s what you’re looking for though)! Great review!

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    • hahaha.. do it!! I want to know what you think. I’m so confused because her actual adult novel wasn’t this bad (Crescent City) and now I’m terrified of what book 2 will be. I heard someone say that she said it was going to be worse than Silver Flames. WHAT! hahaha. There’s nothing wrong with it IF that’s what you are wanting to read about (like you said). I think .. I was just shocked. Maybe she is releasing some pent up frustrations from quarantine. πŸ˜€ haha.

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