- Page Count: 648
- Release Date: September 1, 2015
- My Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads book description:
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.
Updated review before I read Empire of Storms!
Part of my original review:
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.
New thoughts/random feels:
Oh man, this book was long. I honestly had a hard time getting through it the third time. The first time I sped through 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.
But I absolutely adore Manon in this book! She is 100% my favorite character and all of her scenes were awesome. (Her fight with Aelin is epic). I could live with the witches all getting out of that Morath situation, though. I just NEED Manon to have more page time in EoS. And am I the only one who ships her with Elide??
This book felt more like a patchwork of fun scenes instead of a tighter plot arc like Crown of Midnight, but it still works. It’s more like this 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. And everything with Arobynn came to a perfect resolution!
One of my favorite parts is definitely the attempt to rescue Aedion. It read like something out of the Black Swan ballet and was SO wonderfully vivid! I loved every single scene with Aedion even though there weren’t nearly enough. I really hope he survives EoS… and maybe meets Gavriel? (And I’m super intrigued by Galan. Bring that guy back).
I completely love Rowan as a character, but am not here for the ships. I’m here for the awesome world and Aelin’s journey. If that includes Rowan and he helps her, I love it. They’ve grown so much together and there are some pretty emotional scenes with them here. And, yes, Aelin was a bit different in this book, but at least her mood swings and struggles are complex/realistic and she hasn’t gone the direction of Mare in Glass Sword or shut down. And hooray for Lysandra + female friendships that past the Bechdel test.
And I know I say this in like every ToG review but: someone give Dorian a hug. That poor guy is having a rough year…
Also, THE ACTION SCENES HERE ARE SO WELL DONE. I tend to skim action scenes in a lot of books, but these are really great. The whole last 15% was so intense! I love how these books don’t end with total cliffhangers, either. Like they lead into awesome plots for the next book, but wrap everything up all nicely at the same time so you’re not a complete mess. (Except I am right now… can you be in a reading slump out of excitement for a new release)?