Nesta + Cassian “Shredded” Theory
I’m just going to put my thoughts down here about a possibility that will occur in ACOWAR. It’s been bugging me SO MUCH and if you all have any ideas about this please share!
So in ACOMAF Feyre is describing to Cassian about how fiercely Nesta would protect those she loves. It seems as though the only person on that list of loved ones is Elain. Even Cassian remarks on it.
“She barely seems to care about anyone other than Elain.” (ACOMAF pg 559)
Obviously I think Nesta cares for Feyre as well in her own way. (Even if Feyre might not see it clearly.) Nesta has been willing to defend and fight for Feyre since ACOTAR when she was taken away by Tamlin.
“Nesta snorted, her face grave and full of that long-simmering anger that she could never master. “He stole you away into the night, claiming some nonsense about the Treaty. And then everything went on as if it had never happened. It wasn’t right. None of it was right.”
My hands slackened at my sides. “You went after me,” I said. “You went after me—to Prythian.” (ACOTAR pg 264)
Fast forward to the release of ACOMAF in which we are introduced to Cassian. What struck me the most while reading was the use of the word “shredded” when Nesta and Cassian were brought up. The most notable and heart-wrenching case comes from when Cassian protected Azriel at the sacrifice of his wings.
“Cassian twisted, wings flaring wide as he shielded Azriel.
His wings—his wings—
Cassian’s scream as his wings shredded under talons of pure magic was the most horrific sound I’d ever heard.” (ACOMAF pg 602)
Then with Nesta it is stated that she too is willing to lay her life on the line for her loved ones.
“But the few she does care for … I think Nesta would shred the world apart for them. Shred herself apart for them.” (ACOMAF pg 559)
Now imagine this coming to play in ACOWAR. Since Cassian defended his “brother” Azriel then perhaps this means Nesta will rush in to protect her sister Feyre from a potential deadly attack. I say Feyre, because this would be a pivotal moment for Feyre, Rhysand and the others to realize that Nesta TRULY loves her youngest sister and would be willing to die for her like she would if it was Elain in her place.
I’m not saying that this is some sort of “redemption” tactic. I just think that the parallel between Cassian and Nesta toward their loved ones may foreshadow a major act of sacrifice on Nesta’s part. I EXTREMELY doubt this will result in Nesta’s death (’cause her and Cassian NEED their own book), but what if she is injured to the point that it spurs Cassian into action with a mating bond?
He is more than likely going to be torn up about not keeping his promise to Nesta about protecting her and Elain after the Hybern incident. This may have him pushing Nesta away in the beginning of ACOWAR, because of his guilt. But once Nesta is severely harmed in battle defending her sister, this could be the catalyst that sparks Cassian’s fire to admit his bond to her. Or maybe she might confess to him if she believes it may be her dying moment???