By. The. Gods.
I mean, I felt as if there was going to be a big reveal at the end of this book, because I know the story gets a lot deeper from other reviews and knowing that there are a lot of books in the series. BUT I did not see that particular reveal or the fact that the person who was revealed KNEW THE WHOLE TIME.
Unpopular Opinion Alert:
I kind of love the idea that the main characters change love interest. The reason is because that’s kind of how life works. This time last year, I was looking towards Bill Smith’s way and currently I’m looking John Doe’s way. No those aren’t actual people, but you understand. I like that we can see the history of their relationships and understand why certain quarrels came to be. Most of use don’t “sail” on the same “ships” forever.
Maas has made a fantasy world more realistic by having more than one relationship form: eros or philia.
So, What I have began to realize is that Sarah J Maas has a certain way of writing her stories. Based off of her two separate, both phenomenal, series is that the first book is more like a prequel.
In the first book of the series, she does an introduction to the characters, creatures, histories and the whole setting of the story as a whole. You still enjoy the first book, and you fall in the love with the characters just as much as you would normally. There’s like a small, less world-ending thing to conquer. I feel she does this so you get to know the characters and settings before she explodes your mind.
Because she very much does.
With all that being said, I would not judge a Sarah J Maas book by the first book. You will probably love it, because I absolutely did, but if you don’t then you should probably give the second book a go before you cross her off your list.
Back to the Book:
There is a lot of character development and revealing of characters. A lot of people jump out of the assumptions you made from The Throne of Glass. Relationships take a drastic turn for a lot of characters as well that carve a way for the rest of the series.
My favorite, though, is you get to learn more about Celaena’s past and why she is the way she is and how. Chaol’s past is revealed some as well.
BUT THE BEST PART IS THAT YOU GET TO SEE CELAENA GO ABSOLUTELY ANIMALISTICALLY CRAZY.
Like the assassin side of Celaena, the side that has given her the reputation. She absolutely is not someone to mess with. You leave all the people she cares about alone, and she will not harm you.
But not everyone realized that was a trigger for her.
The Wyrdmarks and Wyrdgates and Wyrdkeys and everything Wyrd-, come into play and you get to see what is going to drive the rest of the series. There is a lot of action and there is a lot of heartbreak.
And there is one, big, very big, enormous surprise at the end.
Sarah J Maas, the Queen.