Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien's only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan's Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King's Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan's biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
I utterly adored, loved to pieces, and devoured, this book! All this week, looking at it, I would just squee, because I was just so close to reading it! And then I was, and I fell in love, because this is such a beautiful, amazing, complex book with so many strands that are growing and spreading out, which is why I'm so glad that there's going to be 6 books!
Celaena is in a bad place at the start of this book. She's dealing with the death of Nehemia, and the feelings raised that Nehemia arranged her death because Celaena said no to participating in the cause. All to get Celaena going. The betrayal of Chaol for basically picking the King's side by not telling her about the threat to Nehemia's life. And seeing how little the prince of Wendlyn can do, even if he was beloved. Yeah. Bad place. But her story, and Manon's, were the ones that I wanted to read most in this book!
There was a lot going on in this book. And all of the next 3 paragraphs, we got the POV's of all the characters mentioned, thought the first ones mentioned in their paragraphs usually got more then the others! From Celaena's journey, learning how to control her Fae side, training with Rowan Whitethorn, a full Fae descendent of Mora, like Celaena is a descendent of Mab, which means that they're cousins, even if it's distant.
Then there was the Manon Blackbeak of the Ironteeth witches. And yeah, she was "wicked" as she said of her life. And her story is of the task of working with Adarlan's wyvern, to fight Adarlan's enemies for a bit. And the politics of the witches, which were pretty creepy! And her wyvern, Abraxos, who was just a bait wyvern, but proved himself to be a warrior. And with the iron spikes put into his tail, and the iron teeth in his mouth, I could really see a comparison between him and the Ironteeth witches! Oh, and Manon's thing with the winds of fate blowing, that was awesome!
Then there was Chaol's POV, which dealt with the deal that he made with his dad to get Celaena out. Oh, and with her cousin, Aedion. We got one memory scene from Celaena that was so touching of him. And yeah, it was awesome to see those 2 plot together, to help Celaena regain her crown, and Chaol also to help Dorian, mainly. And how the monsters that were mentioned might already be in Wendlyn!
The last was of Dorian, dealing with his magic, and Sorscha, the healer that's helping him, and yeah, they form a pretty personal connection, one that in chapter 40, they're cuddling, basically, though not sexually, more mentally and comforting.
I loved how Celaena and Rowan had stares that could communicate, just like Mac and Barrons from the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning. It's just incredible what detail those conversations could get into! Loved them!
The whole thing about her magic, and how it's a well, and the more powerful you are, the deeper it goes, and they'd go into their well as long is it took to get to the bottom, the most powerful, before battles, so they'd be at their best? That was pretty cool!
Or the mention of Maeve and her love, and how he had a ring, and he died. And then the sword with a ring, in the cavern in the mountain with the lake and the monster, where Celaena had to carefully use her power, and how those 2 might be connected!
Or how about the above sword is called Goldryn. And was used to help send back the demon princes, the Valg, back to their realms. And was used by Brannon of the Wildfire, the dad of Elena. And the whole "You were brought back. All the players in the unfinished game." That doesn't sound too good! Or the vision of the future that someone gave her that we saw latter, that was good for us, and maybe good for her, now that she's accepted her responsibility to be Queen!!
One thing from a Manon POV, is the mention of a "young woman with wine-read hair who now calls herself their High Queen (of the Wastes.)" I'm wondering, if it's the girl from The Assassin and the Desert novella! Because that'd be awesome!
Another is that I think Elide, daughter of Lady Marion, who was Aelin's mom's "dearest friend and handmaiden," who stayed with Aelin after she was found between her parent's corpses, maybe, and Lord Cal Lochan, who had a brother who joined in with Adarlan's king, might be another character with a twist similar to Celaena and Aelin. Because she's missing too, and yeah, I hope we get to meet her, if we haven't already! She was only 7 when the magic was stripped away, she could've been spirited away and then raised by others!
Lots of the detail of that came from the memory of the time that the King of Adarlan came to Terrasen, and yeah, the interactions between her and Dorian were so sweet! And I'm pretty sure the king tried to get into her head! Go her for fighting him! Because he looked at her a total of 3 times!
So I wrote this before I was done reading. So read it, then my comments afterwards. Something really important that might be one of the biggest things that she will learn "Brannon-he had possessed all three. yet had chosen to hid them. rather than put them back/ And somehow, suddenly. that became the greatest question of all: why?" Yes, Why? That will most definitely be important! OK, I was wrong, it wasn't all that big, but it brought all lot of the pieces together throughout this book, and yeah, a pretty good reason why!
Favourite lines: "Wrong kind of witch." So creepy! So awesome! "She darted to the next tree, carefully avoiding any sticks or leaves, cursing silently at the slowness of her pace, and-Damn it all to hell." I just love that switch from caution, to some panic! "He gave her a look that said, I let you bait me, in case you hadn't noticed. I not some mortal fool." Yeah, Rowan is pretty interesting! "The only thing that frightens me is how very much I want to throttle you." He is also very irritating, hence the throttling! "Manon's stomach went from her throat right out her ass..." That is such a funny line! "It gives me comfort to know that people like you have a special place in hell waiting for them." Yeah, that was really mean, Rowan! "If you could call an entire mountain wood shrouded in webs ordinary." I don't think you can! "With that legendary charm of yours, I suppose." Yeah. Rowan is charming. Yeah. Sometimes I wish that sarcasm had something like bold, italics, and underline. It'd make things so much easier! "Last night, she had growled at a female in the kitchen who would not stop staring at him and had actually taken a step toward him as if to say hello." That is pretty possessive! Though not romantic, apparently! "Something molten rushed through her, pouring over every crack and fracture still left gaping and open. Not to hurt or mar-but to weld. To forge." That is a really great sign of healing! Go, Celaena! "But if she didn't know better, she'd say he was fussing." She does, but I think it's something close to that, he thought earlier that he felt possessive of the need to be one in charge of her protection! "And he'd returned to Celaena with chocolates,since he claimed to be insulted that she considered his absence a proper birthday present." No. Words. Love. That! "Celaena reached across the earth between them and brushed her fingers against Aelin's. And rose." This is such a moving line! "When Dorian had spoken, it hadn't been as a prince who looked at him. It had been a king." This, too! So strong and noble! "No wonder your sense of self-preservation is so pathetic, if that's all the water you can conjure." Which harkens back to a comment made earlier about her bit of water magic being equal to her self preservation! Awesome sauce! "She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one." Majestic! Magnificent! "And then Celaena set the world on fire." Awe-inspiring! "No longer would they be locked away in her heart. No longer would she be ashamed." Powerful, moving! That is one of the main messages in this book! "Brother. Friend. King." Oh, something bad is going to happen, more then it already has!
This was a fantastic, amazing, 569 adventure filled, emotionally wrought, book that excellently continued on the growing saga of Celaena Sardothien, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Elentiya, assassin, queen, and bad ass!
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #3
Read: September 11th, 2014
Reason Why: Love this series so much! And it's a Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2014 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Published: September 2nd 2014