Hmm, where to start with this one. My favourite thing about Maas’ books is her ability to weave a story with so many layers that she never fails to bring together in glorious ways. Her skill with this always leaves me absolutely hooked as a reader and totally invested in the characters and their unfolding story. I can take or leave the explicitness of her sex scenes (not super necessary, and sometimes a bit gross, in my very subjective view) but her character work is usually great to sink into.
A Court of Silver Flames was good, particularly the character stuff with Nesta recovering from trauma, but the plot itself didn’t really hook me in. This was the first Maas book I’ve read that I wasn’t eagerly turning over pages to see what happened next. The friendship between Nesta, Emerie, and Gwyn was the absolute highlight for me, as was Nesta learning to find herself. The rest of the characters were kinda.. meh… in this one? Rhys hiding things from Feyre for ‘her own good’ had me rolling my eyes HARD, and Cassian was lovely but kinda.. boring? Nothing really seemed to move forward for Azriel, Mor (who didn’t appear in this one much at all), Amren or the others. I still enjoyed the book, just not as much as Maas’ previous stories. 3 stars from me.
QOTD: What is your favourite Maas book? For me I think Crescent City, followed closely by Queen of Shadows