- Page Count: 648
- Release Date: September 1, 2015
- My Rating: 5 stars
The queen has returned. 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 has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. 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.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
I love every single character SO much and was paranoid about what 600+ pages could possibly do to all of them. I’ve heard that I would either hate the direction the characters went in this book or love it, so let me say that I LOVE where this plot is heading.
Oh man this book is long, though. The first time I sped through it in a panic that someone would die, but this time I was like nope I am not here to watch Nesryn or Chaol walk around a bunch of sewers. There are definitely parts I skimmed.
I think this book felt more like a patchwork of fun scenes instead of a tighter plot arc like Crown of Midnight, but it still worked for me! The plot is more like a bridge between Celaena’s past and Aelin’s present as both of her lives come together and she makes a new future. There are a lot of characters who all have different stories going at this point, too.
Random things I loved:
– the rescue at the castle that read like something out of the Black Swan ballet
– Lysandra + female friendships that pass the Bechdel test
– everything with Arobynn was resolved perfectly
– THE ACTION SCENES HERE ARE SO WELL DONE
– this group is like some kind of Celtic Avengers at this point
I’m not totally sold on the direction Rowan’s character took, but don’t really care that much because I’m mostly here for the awesome world and overall story. And, yes, Aelin was a bit different in this book, but at least her mood swings and struggles are understandable & realistic. I’m fine with everything.
But omg MANON IS MY NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER. All of her scenes were awesome… and am I the only one who ships her with Elide?? And I know I say this in like every ToG rant but: someone give Dorian a hug. That poor guy is having a rough year…