Rating: 4 Stars
“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
I thought this book was the best from the first two. This book was incredibly good. There was so much character development in this book, the plot grew a lot, and was a lot better because it actually had a lot more action than the first two which I liked.
I didn’t really have a favorite character until I read this book. I felt the characters weren’t as likable as they should have been. Rowan, however, was amazing. There was something about him, that made enjoy reading about him.
I also didn’t like the Manon chapters because I felt they were random, and didn’t connect to the story at all, so I kept thinking, “why should I care?” I probably would have enjoyed it more if Manon was connected somehow to the occurring storyline, but she wasn’t, not yet at least. I did enjoy her relationship with Abraxos, I thought it was adorable.
I also really liked how the author made Celaena weak. She had been through a lot, and I would have been really disappointed if Celaena was instantly all better and was able to defend herself against Rowan while she learned more of what she can do with her Fae powers. It helped show that Celaena was able to come back after being so stuck in a depressed mindset, and overcame physical and mental obstacles.
“She was not becoming anything different from what she always was and always had the capacity to be. You just finally saw everything. And once you saw that other part of her… You cannot pick and choose what parts of her to love. Just as you cannot pick which parts of me you accept.”
I didn’t like Dorian and Scorsha together, it wasn’t a good mix. It started out having Dorian not remembering her name, even after her being there for so long. It just seemed like Dorian was desperate to have someone because he didn’t have Celaena around, rather than them connecting and eventually falling in love. I did feel bad for him at the end. Although I didn’t like them together, they did spend a lot of time together and made some kind of connection because they were trying to figure out somewhat of his magical powers, so seeing her get killed, destroyed him, and on top of that, he gets locked away. I don’t think he deserved that, but it shows who his father really is.
I did like how Aedion was deemed as a terrible person, but as we got more of his background told, he was actually a decent human being and cared for Celaena (Aelin). I really enjoyed the backstory between Aedion and Aelin because it just brought light to what happened ten years ago, and how much has actually changed. I did feel although their rekindling, that they seemed immediately close once again, which in some cases but after so much time has passed, and so have many tragedies happened, that they are different people.
Also, the bromance between Chaol and Dorian was refreshing because there was tension between them because on Celaena and once she left, they had to work together and I felt that they are really good friends, and Celaena got in the way of their friendship, although she didn’t mean to.
The connection Celaena and Rowan shared was the most promising than when she had relationships with Dorian or Chaol. I think they work well together as a team, and they understand each other. They started out rough, but as time went on, their burdens they carried didn’t seem so heavy because they had each other, and they had chemistry. I felt like they have a great relationship, and it gave me all the feels.
Overall, this book was my favorite, and it was a big step from the first two books. Although there were some dry spots, the characters in this book helped get through it and the development of the plot was very well thought out.
“Each of the scars, the chipped teeth, and broken claws, the mutilated tail—they weren’t the markings of a victim. Oh, no. They were the trophies of a survivor. Abraxos was a warrior who’d had all the odds stacked against him and survived. Learned from it. Triumphed.”