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.
This was a superb read, and hands-down the best of the series so far.
The plot was incredible; full of suspenseful twists and turns, and an imaginatively created fantasy world that I loved. The pacing was spot on, and even though it’s a big book, I never felt that any part dragged. The writing was great, as usual.
At this stage, the characters all seem so real to me, so much so that I feel quite intensely about them. There are minor inconsistencies with some of the characters, and there were plenty of times when a few of them really grated on my nerves, but that’s a side effect of being so invested in them and their stories. Honestly not a bad thing.
Aelin has really come into her own, and she was amazing in this book. Sharp, shrewd, brave, snarky, and cunning are all words that spring to mind. I adored her and Rowan in this book, and they are so perfect together. And Rowan is just perfect book boyfriend material. (Swooning.)
I disliked Chaol for most of this book, and I hated the fact that he was pinning so much blame on Aelin when he was the one who sent her away in the first place! He vented a lot of his own self-frustration in her direction which was massively unfair. Thankfully, he took his head out of his ass by the end of the book and redeemed himself.
I actually enjoyed Manon’s POV this time around, and the witchy sub-plot added depth and an additional layer which was lacking in Heir of Fire. I figured Elide was going to reappear though it’s still unclear what value she offers, or what role she will play.
Dorian. Poor Dorian. He has really been through the wringer. I hope he has what it takes to see this thing through, and that he’s not too damaged. I’m still intrigued to see how him and Aelin as a magical unit fit into the overall picture.
Aelin’s dark side still wriggles beneath the surface and I’m wondering if she is strong enough to fight it off in future books. There is definitely potential for her to turn to the dark side, and wouldn’t that be an interesting turn of events.
All in all, this was fantastic. I can’t wait to read the next instalment.