Be still my over-beating, throbbing heart.
This was the kick off to the rest of the series. The other two books were wonderful and glorious and such enjoyable reads; but this book is the root. You finally understand what everything has been building up to. You finally understand everything.
You meet a lot of new characters that play big roles.
01. Sorcha the healer.
02. Maeve the dark queen and aunt of Celaena/Aelin
03. Rowan the blood-sworn warror of Maeve and Aelin’s trainer
04. Aedion the cousin of Aelin
05. Manon the Blackbeak Witch, ahead of The Thirteen
You also get a lot more Points of Views (Manon, Rowan, Sorcha, and Aedion), so get ready for a lot of different voices.
Celaena is still empty and hurt and down-right hateful about what happened to her best friend in the previous book. She is keeping her promise though. She is trying to free her people from the labor camps and from under the king’s thumb.
Only one problem: She doesn’t know much about the Wyrdkeys.
Oh wait, another problem: Only her aunt Maeve, who she never met because of reasons, knows about them really.
Oh wait, another other problem: She won’t give her any information until she comes to her in Doranelle (a city where those worthy can enter).
Oh wait another other other problem: half-breeds can’t enter unless they prove worthy. It’s a problem because she is a half-breed.
Oh wait another other other other problem: Being worthy means training with Rowan and controlling the power she has tried so hard to hide.
Gosh Celaena, hope you don’t get overwhelmed with all those problems. Oh and don’t forget dealing with the loss of so many loved ones and feeling guilty about all of the above and feeling worthless. Good luck girl.
Manon and the other witches have been summoned to work for the King of Adarlan and in return they can ride the skies on the backs of wyverns (dragons on two legs basically… yes I did look that up and look at awesome drawings of them). But what happens when her wyvern is stronger in different ways than the other ones?
Dorian starts a new love affair that he knows will get him in trouble with the king (why doesn’t he ever try to go for someone who WON’T get him in trouble with his dad?). Things are still distant between him and Chaol but secrets are unraveling…
Speaking of Chaol, the bomb that Celaena landed on him before she left as left him rattled and second guessing all of his beliefs and plans. He has to figure out what is best for her and Dorian, even if it cost him his life.
The writing and thought that went into this book series is honorable. Maas has torn open thousands of hearts and put them back together just to tear them open again. Her writing makes you believe you are in the situation yourself.
The feelings that Celaena feels in this book is music and has been much anticipated since book one. You knew that girl was hiding something this whole time, don’t even play. You just don’t expect the hurt, and the pain you get with the secrets revealed is unbearable.
UNPOPULAR OPINION ALERT:
I am done with people bashing the ship changes in all these books. If anything, I love it more. Why? Because it’s realistic. There is no instalove, there is no “I dramatically only love you” there were REALISTIC changes in relationSHIPS. Come on, did you only like one person your whole life? If that is a yes then YOU are the minority (which is cool so don’t even be upset about it). I love this type of character interaction. It’s very real, even for a fantasy book.
Celaena was a broken hearted person to start with and I don’t understand why she got so much hate. She lost her best friend and reason for living basically. Oh and the “love of her life”. I don’t understand why everyone is bashing her for being broken for that. If anything, it makes her more realistic to the reader because you don’t just bounce back from something like that.
I love this book and I want to meet Maas and thank her personally for showing me a new way to read and love characters. I need to know how this series ends or I may die. UGH