This review contains minor spoilers for the first two books in the Throne of Glass series.
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.
I am so in love with this series! I don’t even know how to express how good these books are. I love the characters and the setting and the magic and the plot and just everything UGHHHHH.
I think my favourite part of this book was Rowan. I just have so much love for him, and I really really hope he’s in Queen of Shadows a lot. I loved seeing his and Celaena’s relationship develop throughout the course of the book. I thought the progression of their friendship was very natural, and I love that they’ve both found someone they can really talk to and trust.
The only complaint I have about this book is that the start was a little slow. It was only around the 1/3rd mark that I felt that things were ramping up. Still, everything that happened in the first part of the book was important to the rest of story, so it’s definitely not all bad.
I loved all the development in this story; not just characters, but the whole plot. The way Dorian and Chaol evolved throughout this book with Celaena gone was really interesting – not just as individuals, but their relationship. It was hard to see how Celaena had come between them, and since she was gone, they struggled to relate to each other anymore.
I initially didn’t like the parts of the story that focused on the witches, but by the end, I really started to like reading about Manon and Abraxos. I loved seeing how Manon changed her way of thinking toward the end of the book; I really look forward to reading about her in future books.
It’s really interesting learning more about what is going on with magic, and what the king did to make it disappear. I loved seeing what happened in Terrasen the night Celaena’s parents were killed, and the king’s role in all of it.
Overall, I really like how this series is developing. I think the pacing of this book, and the series as a whole, is great. These books are at the top of my to-buy list, which is a big complement because I’m a poor student and don’t have the money to buy books very often. I’ve heard great things about Queen of Shadows, so I’m really really looking forward to reading it!