She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.
Celaena Sardothien has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak—but at an unspeakable cost. Now she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth…a truth about her heritage that could change her life—and her future—forever.
Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
The king’s assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.
I found the first half of this book very slow-paced and bogged down with unnecessary scenes. I also didn’t enjoy the witches point of view, and I feel that this element of the plot could have been relayed in far fewer chapters. I tended to skim much of them.
When I reached the 60% mark this book drastically improved. Finally, some action and the plot moved forward. The second half was full of action and suspense and I loved it.
Celaena is very depressed for a lot of this book, and her demons threaten to consume her. She refuses to face up to her reality, and she wants nothing to do with her legacy. Her relationship with Rowan was expertly written, and I really enjoyed watching them butt heads, tentatively growing closer, and gradually forming a bond.
I really felt Chaol’s pain and torment in this book, and he was so conflicted, but he still did the honorable thing. I hated that Dorian and Chaol were no longer friends, and glad that Dorian found comfort in Sorscha. I knew she was hiding secrets though I didn’t predict that end.
There was no romance in this book and that was disappointing. It’s all up in the air and I’m wondering where it’s leading.
I was wondering when the King was going to show his true colors, and when Celaena was going to go after Arobynn because neither of these subplots was explored in the last book.
In summary, I was a little disappointed in the first part of this book but the second half more than made up for it. I can’t wait to see how it all ends now.