Saturday, October 27, 2018

Week 43 Reviews: Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, Kingdom of Ash

From Goodreads:
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.

Celaena's epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena's story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world. 

From Goodreads:
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down? 

From Goodreads:
In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

From Goodreads:
Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas's #1 New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an epic, unforgettable conclusion. Aelin Galathynius's journey from slave to king's assassin to the queen of a once-great kingdom reaches its heart-rending finale as war erupts across her world. . .

Aelin has risked everything to save her people―but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day…

With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them. Scattered across the continent and racing against time, Chaol, Manon, and Dorian are forced to forge their own paths to meet their fates. Hanging in the balance is any hope of salvation―and a better world.

And across the sea, his companions unwavering beside him, Rowan hunts to find his captured wife and queen―before she is lost to him forever.

As the threads of fate weave together at last, all must fight, if they are to have a chance at a future. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever in the explosive final chapter of the Throne of Glass series.

My first review of Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn 
My Review:
I just loved reading these books! Reading them for the last time before the series ended, was a bit bittersweet, but these books were just spectacular! Aelin was incredible, with her strength and her impeccable plots and plans! She went through so much, and now she has the future ahead of her!

I had forgotten a lot of what happened in these books. Like how awful Chaol was to Aelin in Queen of Shadows. He was taking his bad feelings for himself out on her, and I really didn't like that! I was still glad that he found his happiness with Yrene, though!

Kingdom of Ash kinda broke me. After the endings of both Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn, there seemed to be a lot of hope-well, besides Aelin being in the hands of Maeve. That was drained pretty quickly. I know that Kingdom of Ash was the end of the series, but it surprised me how many battles there were. Like, at least a 3rd of the book was of a battle.

By this point in the series, there were no big hidden mysteries. They knew about as much as they were going to get, now they had to deal with it. And deal with it, they did. There were a ton of costs, not everybody made it, but it came together so beautifully!

Of course, there were losses. There was one quiet one where we didn't see the death, only the body, and then two big ones. Of course, I'm only counting named characters on the good guys side, not the nameless masses of armies on both sides, as well as the two bad guys. I don't know which one hurt the most, they were all introduced (maybe not by name) in Heir of Fire, so we knew them about roughly the same amount of time.

One thing that I really loved was that brief mention where Aelin was in the world of A Court of Thorns and Roses, and Feyre is visibly pregnant and Rhysand helps Aelin. It was maybe a paragraph long, but just like Laini Taylor's series are connected, so are these two (though less so than the example because there's only the one interaction. Well, besides the world travelers of both series) and that's so great!

I know that this series was really big, so not all the characters that we met got another showing in Kingdom of Ash. One surprise was Nox Owen, which was fantastic! I do wish that the demi-fae of Mistward had been mentioned, but we did get so much, that it would be too demanding, that of all the ones we did get to be ungrateful of the one that we didn't get.

Ok, I do have some questions. Like it was mentioned that not all of the gods that were around were the ones from a different world, but then after Aelin dealt with the Wyrdkeys, it was said that there were no more gods in this world. So I'm confused. Also, I'm wondering, did all of the gods get sent to the hell world? Because some of them, like Mala, seemed to be good, and didn't deserve it!

These books were so great, I loved reading them, I love this series, and I can't wait to read them again in the future!

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #4, 5, 6, 7
First Read: September 1st, 2015, September 7th, 2016, September 4th, 2017
Read: October 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 2018
Source: Own
Reason Why: Rereading for Kingdom of Ash, and they're Prequel & Sequel Challenge 2018 Book, and Kingdom of Ash is a End of Series 2018 Book and a WoW Book!
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Bloomsbury YA
Published: September 1st 2015, September 6th 2016, September 5th 2017, October 23rd 2018

Queen of Shadows:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Empire of Storms:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Tower of Dawn:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

Kingdom of Ash:
5/5 Hearts
5/5 Books
5/5 Stars

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