SYNOPSIS (via Goodreads):
“Nesta Archeron has always been prickly-proud, swift to anger, and slow to forgive. And ever since being forced into the Cauldron and becoming High Fae against her will, she’s struggled to find a place for herself within the strange, deadly world she inhabits. Worse, she can’t seem to move past the horrors of the war with Hybern and all she lost in it.
The one person who ignites her temper more than any other is Cassian, the battle-scarred warrior whose position in Rhysand and Feyre’s Night Court keeps him constantly in Nesta’s orbit. But her temper isn’t the only thing Cassian ignites. The fire between them is undeniable, and only burns hotter as they are forced into close quarters with each other.
Meanwhile, the treacherous human queens who returned to the Continent during the last war have forged a dangerous new alliance, threatening the fragile peace that has settled over the realms. And the key to halting them might very well rely on Cassian and Nesta facing their haunting pasts.
Against the sweeping backdrop of a world seared by war and plagued with uncertainty, Nesta and Cassian battle monsters from within and without as they search for acceptance-and healing-in each other’s arms.”
I really enjoyed this book, but I was also very unsure of this book. I have a love/hate relationship with Nesta. In the previous books, she doesn’t really do anything that endears herself to the reader. She always seemed outright nasty to Feyre for no reason.
Her actions don’t get any better during A Court of Frost and Starlight, where she seems to actively push everyone away. She has a lot of trauma that she has to work through and she clearly isn’t doing that at the start of this book. I think Nesta’s story is important to tell, and definitely relatable at times. We’ve all had dark times, this past year especially.
I enjoyed seeing things from her perspective. Seeing how upset she was about her treatment of Feyre, feeling like she couldn’t do anything to fix it. I also liked seeing her relationship with Cassian develop. I loved the friendships she built with Emerie and Gwyn. I also loved the relationship she has with the House of Wind and her love of romance novels. Nesta’s love of reading, especially romance novels is what makes her the most relatable to me. (Though, she loves to read but couldn’t take the time to teach her sister to read?)
This entire book, I just wished I had more of Feyre and Rhysand. Obviously, this is Nesta’s story, but the reason I fell in love with this book series is because of Feyre and Rhysand. I just wanted to see what they were doing, and what they were thinking. The entire time I was reading, I just kept thinking about how much I wanted to reread ACOTAR from the beginning.
One slight issue I had with this book is, was it necessary? Does it add anything to the series? The ending is so wrapped up with just a peek at what could happen in the future, that I think it hurts this book a bit. You have teases and hints of possible future plot lines, but the major threat is gone by the end. This was always my worry when I heard about this book coming out. I like that Sarah J. Maas wants to tell the story of different characters in the court, but I also want these books to feel like they are a natural part of the series.
If you are a fan of the ACOTAR series, you are definitely going to enjoy this book. I mean Sarah J. Maas knows her audience, and it checked off all the boxes.
Now I need to go reread ACOTAR!
Follow along on my instagram too!