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Book Review – Tower of Dawn

Title: Tower of Dawn [Throne of Glass 6]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 664

Rating: 3 Star

Series Review: 0.51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.

His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.

But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I don’t even know where to start with this review. I put off reading the book till the last book was close to coming out because Chaol wasn’t really anyone I felt like I needed a whole book about, and I am sorta putting off writing the review for the same reason. This has been my least favourite of the books so far.

My main issue with the book was just the sheer length of it. 664 pages is not a small amount of time to invest in a story, and I didn’t really start enjoying the book until within chapter 41. 466 pages into the story. If I didn’t have faith in Maas, wasn’t so commit to the series, and didn’t know that things that happen in this book would play a vital role in the last book, I would have dropped it before this point. I know I have told you guys to skip books in series when they bring nothing to the overall plot, but sadly I can’t even tell you to do that this time. There are many things that happen in this book, characters you are introduced to, that are going to be a huge part of the final one. Yes I know that all these new characters, a whole new series worth of them, needed to be introduced in just the one book and time needed to be taken to do that, but it didn’t work. If she had done this book in a novella, character development would have suffered, but the first 3/4 of the book just dragged. Yes there were parts I liked in there, but they didn’t make up for it. This books rating could have easily been 2 stars in not for the last section.

Now that is enough complaining, onto the things I actually liked!

We got a whole bunch of new characters in this book that I am really looking forward to seeing how they mesh with our beloved characters in the main story. New ways of life that I found interesting to read about, I really liked reading about the aerial warriors, the Rukhin, who ride basically giant eagles. I wish we got to see more of their life, but the bits we did get I loved. We also got to see a bit of the Healers training and life, not a lot but I don’t think we needed more there. That was actually the right amount of information. Then we also got all the new princes and princess, all of whom have completely different personalities, and while we only really got to sorta know a couple of them, I am so interested to get to know them and see how they interact with everyone else. All of the new characters names though were basically impossible for me pronounce, and some of them didn’t really get a name in my head, they were just jumbled letters.

We got a lot of people getting paired off again in this story, and while I didn’t really think all of the new pairs, relationship wise or family wise, were necessary I didn’t really mind them either. I really liked Yrene, and she made me like Chaol better. After the last book he was in I really couldn’t care less about his story and he was really a giant dick in that book. But Yrene fought him back on a lot of his shit, and she helped me like him more again.

One thing I really liked was that we have actually met Yrene before but never got her name,. Aelin helped her when a group of men were going to attack her in Assassins Blade, gave her advice on how to defend herself, gave her money to get her out of her situation, and left her a letter. This letter Yrene carried with her everywhere she went, always in her pocket. I knew who wrote her the note straight away, and everytime she talked about I was screaming for her to show it to Chaol so that he could tell her it was Aelin. It didn’t happen to the very end of the book of course but I just cannot wait till Yrene and Aelin meet. I hope its wonderful and Aelin remembers.

Thats about all I can say on this book since not much happens till the end. I saw the person who was behind all the bad stuff in this book right away, and it took forever for me to enjoy it, but if you are committed to the series you sadly can’t skip it. Maybe try to find someone who lists all the things you need to know and read that if you want to, but you can’t go into the next without that information. I wont be rereading this one, but I see why its needed.

 

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Book Review – Empire Of Storms

Title: Empire of Storms [Throne of Glass 5]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 689

Rating: 4.5 star (rounded to 5)

Series Review: 0.5123, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

In this breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Timesbestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

At last me reread is completed! For those of you who don’t know after finally reading Tower of Dawn a month or so ago and realising that I didn’t really remember any of the few things we glimpse in Chaol’s book that are happening in Empire of Storms, that I needed to do a series reread of pretty much the entire series before the final book comes out on the 23rd of this month. I am so damn excited for that book its not even funny. But we aren’t here to talk about Kingdom of Ash, we are here to finally talk about Empire of Storms which I didn’t review the first time around. This time I did the audiobook and I really enjoyed them so I would recommend this series in audiobook form. I will also try to talk about the things that happen in this book without influence from what I know from Tower of Dawn, and mostly talk about the feelings that I had in both readings. For those of you who have for some reason not read this book this is where I leave you. I liked this book more the second time around, it was a little slow to begin with but the ending is just everything. MAKE SURE YOU READ ASSASSINS BLADE BEFORE YOU READ THIS BOOK. Goodbye people who don’t want to get spoilt!

Thank god pretty early on in this book most of our plot points/characters actually converge on one another so this time around my review may be more than just my opinions on characters. Just like in most of the books in this series, the book starts off a bit slow and then explodes into whatever the hell that ending was.

We get a bit more backstory in this book about what happened in the first war. By this I mean we find out that Elena is just a stupid idiot that didn’t bother to ask her father what the Eye of Elena, otherwise know of the wyd lock, what it was actually supposed to be used for, and used it to lock up Erawan. Then because she is an idiot finds out that her mother Mala, the goddess of fire, gave up her mortal life to make this lock to send the Gods back to their own world taking the valg with them, and that her father Brannon was going to sacrifice his life to seal the keys and the gates shut behind them with the lock. But it could only be used once, and Elena blew it locking up a valg king that was just going to get free again at some point. So now someone of Mala’s line and power has to give up their life to to fix the lock and send the Gods and the valg away for good. So Aelin or Dorian has to die now. Part of me sort of felt bad for Elena when we found out that she loves both Aelin and Dorian and had actually saved Aelin that night in the river years ago so that she could experience the full joys of life before she died, sacrificing Elena’s chance of getting an after life with the rest of her family to do so. But still, she was so dumb. So many things in books just wouldn’t be an issue if people would just talk to another human being!

Aelin works this out in this book. She works it out a bit before Elena explains it all to her and she vomits her gutts up because of this realisation. As time goes on though she sort of accepts this fate and goes on to put a bunch of plans in place to make sure that everyone she loves is looked after once she is gone and that her country would have a leader and heirs. Rowan, who is confirmed as her mate and who she sneaky marries near the very end, will rule and Lysandra who Aelin made promise to pose as her for the rest of her life so no one in the country knew Aelin was dead, would have heirs secretly with Aedion because they look so similar, not Rowan. Because of all this Aelin of course is very morose in this book and sort of in the previous one too. I have seen a lot of people say that they didn’t like her in either because she was acting so out of character but I really sort of have to disagree with those point. She is a different character. Celaena was a ‘carefree’ assassin who only had to worry about keeping herself alive. Aelin is a Queen cast out by most of her own lords and had to literally sacrifice herself to keep the whole continent/world safe. The two objectives couldn’t really be anymore different. When she decided to accept her responsibilities she had to let go of a lot of what made her who she was. And while she is so happy to have found all her friends and family and to have had Rowan for as long as she did, she is a woman that for a good chunk of this book knows that the closer she gets to saving them all and giving them all a better life, she gets a step closer to her own death.

One part I did really enjoy in Aelins story though was when she finally gets to Skulls Bay and talks to Ralph again. While in Terrasen Aelin’s group gets word that the witches are flying to take back Rifthold and kill Dorian (didn’t I say it was dumb to leave him behind), and she sends Rowan to save him and tells him to meet back up with her at Skulls Bay to try and win Ralph and his pirates and his secret people that have been in hiding for years, to fight on her side in the war because Aelin and Ralph don’t have good history (read Assassins Blade). Now Rowan might have come to late to save Dorian if Manon hadn’t of turned on fellow witches and kept him alive long enough for Rowan to actually get him out. We will talk about the Manon bit later, but Rowan gets him out and gets him to Skulls Bay and is just sort of chilling with his old Cadre members Fenrys and Gavriel (Aedion’s dad), trying to convince them and Ralph to help them out while waiting for Aelin to rock up. Then of course she does it in style, and while they are going to Ralph’s office to talk some more they turn on the lights and find Celaena just sitting in his seat smiling. I think this scene is probably my favourite Aelin scene because she was Celaena for a brief moment. She could drop all those weights holding her down and act like a part of her old self again. Yes she does have other funny and witty moments, I really liked the part where her and Dorian were talking and he thanked her for sending Rowan and she says:

Rowan is always looking for a chance to show off. Dramatic rescues give him purpose and fulfilment in his dull immortal life.

That line was amazing, but she in those other moments she isn’t as carefree as she was in Ralph’s office at the start.

The scene though where Lysandra was fighting sea wyverns in Skulls Bay though was truly the opposite of fun though. She just manages to kill two babies and then three adults rock up and she can’t transform again to get out of the water because she is too drained and only just manages to kill them. I honestly didn’t think she was going to get out of that scene alive, only her quick thinking saved her.

Manon. I love her so much and I was so stressed for her pretty much the entire book. She killed withces to save Dorian so when she goes home all the other witches are demanding blood for those killed and it was decided that Manon had to kill Asterin for the life she took. Then right as she is about the kill Asterin she tells her and the rest of the Thirteen to run and she swings to kill her grandmother. Of course she doesn’t succeed and her and her grandmother fight and her grandmother reveals that she killed her mother and her father who was infact a Crochan prince and they had hoped that Manon would be the witch to bring peace and return them to the wastes, but her grandmother made her a Crochan killing machine who infact had killed her own half sister so she is now the Queen of the Crochans. Manon gets away just before her grandmother can finish her off thanks to Abraxos and then spends forever just on the brink of death until Abraxos takes her to the safety of Aelin’s crew. There are many fun moments with her and Dorian but she is sad because her whole life has turned upside down and she thinks that the Thirteen are dead, and Aelin wants her to unite the Crochan’s to her side despite the fact she has spent her whole life killing them. But then Elide finally turns up and we have few touching moments with her and Manon until Maeva’s armada comes to nearly kill them all but Abraxos saves the day by having left to go find the Thirteen days before and arrives in the nick of time. Manon isn’t at the battle though because she is off having chats with the gods, Elena and Aelin about how the war needs to be won and she asked the gods since she has valg blood in her does that mean she is going to get sent off to a different world too which we don’t get an answer for and this stresses me out some more because I don’t want a world where Manon isn’t in it.

I am really looking forward to the final battle she will have with her grandmother in the last book.

I think I said that most people get paired off with other people romantically in the last book but they really do in this one. There is a lot of sex, some good and some repetitive. Elide and Lorcan get paired off in this book and I don’t mind it. She actually stands up to his bullshit and puts him in his place when he is being stupid. Their storyline wasn’t one I really felt like I needed though. The moment she see Aelin and Aedion again wasn’t quite as touching as I wanted it to be but was still good. Lorcan’s purpose in this book though pretty much seems to be just to fuck things up which made their whole story a bit hard to swallow. Its basically all his fault that Maeve came at the end when Aelin was drained of most her power because he freaked out over an army that arrived that was on their damn side and called her to protect Elide. Like Maeve was ever going to protect Elide. Aelin just manages to give the wyd keys to Manon before Maeve tortures her and captures her in iron chains, mask, and casket and whisked away to places unknown to be tortured for the rest of her life, which we have just found out is immortal because she will ‘settle’ into her immortality within the next five years, Aelin went through all that willingly to keep Elide safe and because she had set everything up for her friends to finish the job.

Just as she leaves her Ashryver cousin(?) Galan from Wyndlen shows up with all his army, and all the silent assassins from the desert amass in force to help fight for Aelin. Then we also have Ansel from the wastes came just before with her army, we have the army Ralph is putting together, all the guys Chaol is supposed to be getting wherever he is, all the Cousins Rowan convinced to turn against Maeve on the eve of battle and to fight for Aelin, and now the Crochans Manon has decided to rally. She made them a huge damn army to ratlle the stars and I just had to sit there and go ha Aedion, you were such a dick in this book doubting her and you should feel horrible about questioning her what she was actually doing for the country and her people. She set all this up for you guys and didn’t expect any of you to bloody help her in return except Lysandra who is basically giving up her life for Terrasen, and maybe Dorian who might have to use the lock to help get rid of the valg since she is all locked up.

And thats where the book ends and where I am going to leave this review/recap. I really enjoyed this book especially the end, and I am so keen for the next book it isn’t even funny. This is porbably my longest review for the series so far so I apologise if it was a bit hard to get through, and I will say sorry in advance because I don’t think the final review is going to be much shorter. Please, please leave comments down below. All I want to do is talk about things that happened in this book and how everyone thinks things are going to turn out. It doesn’t look like we are going to get a happy ending where either Aelin or Dorian doesn’t die despite Rowan flying off to find Aelin and declaring that he would not stand for an ending where either of them were gone. Maas does like a happy ending though so maybe Rowan will have success. GAAAHHH so many thoughts and feelings. I look forward to speaking with you all!

 

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Book Review – Queen of Shadows

Title: Queen of Shadows [Throne of Glass 4]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 648

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 0.512, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

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.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Sorry for the late review today everyone. I stayed up late to finish it last night before work and thusly I have been brain dead all day and it has taken a really long time to put my review down in a way that actually makes some sort of sense. Plus this is a huge book with so many people in it so it takes a lot of words to actually cover everything. For those of you who have been following me the last month or so know that these reviews are coming after my second read through of the books in time for the final book in the series coming out this month. This time around I did this book in audio book form, and I would highly recommend the audio book, as well as the book in general. Where the last book was a bit slow, things never really stopped happening in this one. For those who don’t want spoilers, I will say goodbye to you here. Go into this book knowing it was great and sets up all whole new chapter for the series. I will see you later after you have read the book.

Our character list in this series just gets longer and longer with every book we get. The main new one we got this time was Elide. I didn’t mind Elide but I wasn’t jumping up and down every time we got one of her chapters. I cared more about how her interactions affected the characters around her. I am so looking forward to her seeing Aelin again I think thats going to be a touching reunion, and I just loved the way she helped bring out the feelings within Manon. I started liking Manon when she started having feelings with Abraxos, but in this book she is firmly placed as a favourite character as having to interact with Elide who questions her about how things are, and she is faced with things happening around her that is destroying her on the inside cause she doesn’t understand why she is feeling things. I was horrified by the description of the yellow legs that were being experimented on and tortured, I was cracking on the inside when Asterin was confronting Manon about it, and it broke completely when Asterin told Manon about how she fell in love with a man and become pregnant, later giving birth to a still born witchling and Manon’s grandmother had beaten her, branded her, burnt her baby and didn’t allow her to see it, and cast her out to die because of it. I am so glad that Manon is feeling things now and is silently rebelling against her grandmother and getting her own idea of what is right.

Kaltain was so freaky in this book. She was mostly a broken doll the entire time with this truly scary shadow fire power, but then we find out she has had control of her demon within for ages now and chooses the moment when Manon is saving Elide from also being experimented on because of her witch blood, and blows herself and all the demon babies and all the suffering witches up. I thought this was a really worthy ending to her story arch.

The big Aedion rescue scene. We all knew it was coming and it was everything I wanted. He was trying to kill himself so that Aelin didn’t fall into whatever trap the king had set and that had me freaking out and just praying he would stay alive long enough for him to see her again and for her to get him out. I loved how she snuck in with the dancers and their rose props were smoke bombs and she got him out in a big chase scene. Then when he recovered enough they had their touching moments together. I felt so bad for him though when he started talking about the blood oath and about how it meant everything to him and she sort of just mumbled about it and he had to find out from Rowan that he had already taken the blood oath. This is the only part that upset me but the rest of his story in the book was just lovely.

Aelin. I thought she grew so much in this book. She is still running around and doing sneaky things and not letting people in, but she becomes more queenly to me and is getting better at actually relying on her court. We get Lysandra from Assassin’s Blade back in this book, and while I hated her in the other book I loved her in this one. That moment when they just decided to be friends and plot Arobynn’s demise together and eat chocolate. It warmed my heart. Then when she came back when magic was freed as a snow leopard and basically saved most the group was a bloody amazing scene.

Every scene with Arobynn unsettled me. He was creepy and that scene when he slipped that Valg ring on her finger and I thought he had control of her for moment before we found out it was all part of Aelin’s plan had me freaking out. I loved the part though where he sent Aelin almond oil to put on herself before their big dinner as some kind of ownership, but then when Rowan meets him he thanks him for the oil because his skin was getting dry and was wearing it as well. That had me cracking up. I loved how his whole story arch ended as well. I loved how badly Aelin ruined hum and framed him for a bunch of stuff she was doing around town, she let Lysandra kill him, and then she changed his will so she got all him wealth. Amazing end to that whole plot point.

I didn’t think we were going to get much Rowan in this book but I am glad that we did. We actually got to know him as a character and I connected with him in this book and I am more happy now with him and Aelin being together than I was in the last book.

Chaol. I know a lot of people were probably waiting for me to talk about him but I just want to give a big fuck you to Chaol. The first half of this book I was just seeing red the entire time he came on. He was blaming everything on Aelin, even her being away when he was the one that sent her away. He become a little bit more bearable in the second half of the book, but I had already written him off at that point. I cannot believe how bloody stupid he was. First he stops Aelin from killing Dorian (thankfully but still), then he gets it into his head that he is going to do it but stuffs up so bad that instead of running after Dorian he somehow runs after the witches and nearly gets everyone killed. Sure, this leads to one of my favourite scenes but still. How goddamn stupid. Aelin was also quite stupd though because she had talked Manon down and the witches were going to leave them alone, but Aelin had to open her mouth and tell them she killed Babba yellowlegs leading to the Manon and Aelin showdown I didn’t know I wanted. Manon nearly dies when the temple they were fighting in collapses around them and Asterin’s cry for her touches Aelin and Aelin ends up saving Manon, which leads to Manon telling them that Dorian is still alive inside.

Then last but not least we have poor Dorian. My heart was just breaking for him everytime we got one of his chapters. When he was giving up because Aelin didn’t kill him when she had that first chance. Then Manon’s eyes give him that moment to actually have control of him body for a brief moment, which is what really leads to Aelin being able to free him. When she slipped that ring on hims finger that protects from the Valg I was so damn excited. I didn’t have any idea of how they were going to get him back and I thought this was done really well. She tries to call him out and keeps telling him that she came back for him just like she promised, but then it ends up being the King telling Aelin that he killed Chaol (which I was fine with even though it didn’t actually happen), that snapped him out of it. Then he and Aelin join hands and just bring the world down, Dorian killing the king who tells them how he blocked Magic to try and protect Dorian and fought the Valg in him with all his might and that the Valg king is in fact inside the Duke, and destroys the glass castle. Aelin uses her powers to protect the city from the destruction, but takes the blame for killing the king so that the people don’t hate Dorian.

The ending to this book was so good. The only thing I would question was the decision to leave Dorian alone so soon after all his trauma.

Since this is such a long review I will leave it here. I know I have missed things but I really tried to cover all the important things, and there were so many great moments with all the characters. If I missed a spot you think is important or loved let me know so we can talk about it!

 

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Book Review – Heir of Fire

Title: Heir of Fire [Throne of Glass 3]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 562

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 0.51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

Celaena 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. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

God I am really enjoying my rereads of this series. For those of you who didn’t read my last review I am currently rereading the series in audiobook form in time for the last book, and reviewing them as I go since I didn’t end up reviewing them the first time around. So these thoughts are coming after reading all books except the last book in the series, but I will try and only comment on things I know I thought the first time around.

So because this is a first book in the series, there will be spoilers for the other books, I suggest you go read them and this book before you read my review. For those of you who want a spoiler free review, I enjoyed this book though not as much as the last one. The start of this book is very slow and while not hard to get into we are introduce to a few new characters that I wasn’t really interested in knowing anything about at first. It picked up more towards the end because Celaena has epic moments of course, we are left on a huge game changer, and some of the new characters seem like they are going to actually become interesting. Thats all I am going to say for those who don’t want spoilers, so come back when you have read the books!

Lets start at the beginning. The very slow beginning. Because Celaena is off to a whole new world filled with new people there was a lot of set up in the start of this new book. The main ones we get there would be Maeve and Rowan. Maeve didn’t really interest me all that much other than just being another sort of corrupt power than Celaena has to overcome. Rowan I warmed up to a bit but he is not my favourite. He was very stuffy and boring in the beginning but as we got to know him more and he and Celaena got more of a relationship I warmed up to him a bit. I really liked the moment when she nearly burned herself out and he picked her up and ran with her to the baths even though her skin was burning his. I also liked the way he was helping Celaena become more of a bad ass, though lots of the good early moments where just her exploding. I liked how he got her to shift by biting her, and I loved the moment where they are running from the skin walkers and they jump off a cliff and she burns them to pieces. I both liked and was really stressed out how he taught her to control her magic by taking one of her new ‘friends’ tide him up over a frozen lake and she had to get him out without burning the ice, and he accidentally put them all in danger because he didn’t realise there was giant bloody monster in the lake, but I was really happy with how she beat him up a bit after that. I know he is being set up as the new love interest for her, and while the moment he was so happy that she didn’t burn out in the end and exploded into Aelin to defeated the kings monsters and then freed him from Maeve, I am not onboard with it. I think he is an amazing friend, but I only want him to be a friend. At this point in the series I will go down with the Dorian and Aelin ship.

On that note lets talk about Dorian’s world right now. He has also found a new love in Sorcha. I was so not into that. At all. She was to me a very obvious filler character to try and help move the story along, and I saw her death coming from pretty much the very beginning and other than it upsetting Dorian I didn’t care at all. Then poor Dorian gets that awful collar put on and a Valg prince put inside him at the end. I am so stressed out for Dorian. How is Aelin going to help him now? Gah I am just so stressed.

Chaol was just wandering around being really in the grand scheme of things pretty useless. He found out some things with the help of other people and moved things along, but he was too busy really freaking out that the two people closest to him have power. Chaol is a bit of a magic racist. I was only really interested in his scenes because he spent a lot of time with a new character Aedion, who is Aelins only family member she has left, who has been working for the king letting him think he has control over him. Aedion is a new favourite character, I just love him so damn much. All he wants is to just see her one last time because he loves her. I seriously just can’t with how much I want them to see each other again. Aelin is going to come burning in somehow in a blaze of glory and save him from the chopping block and they are going to have a beautiful ruin and it is going to be everything. I actually forgot about how much I loved him until I reread this book it has been so long.

The only other character that is new that is worth mentioning is Manon the witch. Later on the series she becomes one of my favourite characters, but in this book she is just kinda there. The first few chapters of hers I could not give two fucks about what was happening with her. As we kept going though I grew more interest as she got her wyvern Abraxos. I loved that moment where she is furious at him because he is supposed to be a blood thirsty beast but all he wants to do is sniff wild flowers. I loved getting these relationships and seeing her develop more as a character that wasn’t so black and white. While her story interest did increase towards the end and I was interested in what I was reading. Abraxos made her and everything in that plot so interesting.

Aelin, she takes so many steps forward in this book and I have already mentioned a few but I loved all her back story parts where we get more details about her life and how things went to hell, and then all her loved ones come back to her in her mind to tell her to get up in a key moment. She stopped being scared in this book, and I cannot wait to see what she brings now that she is working towards saving her people.

That is where I am going to leave this review. I know it was more talking about the characters here but this one was really more about the characters. I touched on the main points that all pretty much happen right at the end to all the characters, and thats about all the story progress we got. I hope you are reading along with the series as well and you enjoyed this review. Let me know your thoughts on the story, have you read it more than once and did you like it more knowing more things about certain characters than you did the first time. I did find it more interesting knowing this information but overall it didn’t change anything for me.

 

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Book Review – Crown of Midnight

Title: Crown of Midnight [Throne of Glass 2]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 418

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 0.51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This review is coming after my 2.75 read through. I read it once and forgot to review it, picked it back up at a much later date intending to give them all another read through and got about 3/4 of the way through it and then for some reason got distracted and read many other books before finishing it, read Tower of Dawn and realised I seriously need to read through them all before the final book came out, and just decided to start this one again from scratch. This final time though I did the audiobook and while not the best audiobook I have listened to it did a very good job at drawing me into the story.

Despite my basically 3 reads of this book I find I still don’t even know were I want to begin! There are just so many things that happen in the second half of this book. The first half of this one is a lot like the first, slower and you aren’t so attached to what is going on. But there is a very significant turning point in this story, and everything just keeps happening from that point on. The rest of this review is going to be spoilery, so for those of you for some reason have not yet picked up the series yet, now is the perfect time to start. The final book is coming out very soon so you can just smash through them all at once. Go read and come back so we can discuss.

Ok for those who have already read this book lets start somewhere simple. Romance. While I don’t mind Chaol in this book and think he good for Celaena in someways, I do not get the Chaol and Celaena ship. I don’t even know the ship name. Between him and Dorian, I like Dorian far better for her. He actually brings fun into her life, where Chaol is just so serious all the time. I think Celaena needs that more and Chaol is a huge idiot at very key moments in this story. Just so fucking stupid.

In terms of character development we didn’t really get much from Chaol, but we did get quite a lot from Dorian and Celaena. Celaena while really spending most of this book feeling very scared internally about what is going on around her and the things she is or is not doing, we do get a lot more of that bad ass and bloody thirsty assassin we were promised in the first book but didn’t really get. Her action moments in this book are just amazing. Dorian is also pretty much always freaking out in this book. At the start is feeling a bit sorry for himself because he isn’t with Celaena anymore, but in the grand scheme of things he accepts that pretty early on. Then we move onto what the hell is happening??! Dorian. He starts to develop magic powers and he just goes into freaking about the how and the why and what will happen if his dad or anyone found out. I really liked the direction his story started taking.

Ok now onto the moment, my favourite moment and the turning point for the whole book. Nehemia’s death. I feel horrible saying that it is my favourite moment because I really liked her and I am sad she is dead, but its because of those things that its my favourite moment. When I picture a moment to sum up the glory of the series, I always picture this moment. Chaol gets kidnapped and Celaena leave the castle and turns into a shadow of death and kills so many people to get him back, then the people who took him tell her that he knew someone was after Nehemia and stupidly didn’t say ANYTHING and that he knew the king wanted to question/kill her tonight and STILL DIDN’T SAY ANYTHING!!! and by the she got back it would probably would be too late. Then she basically flies on the wind to get back to her and is presented with her mutilated corpse. I loved the way Chaol described to Dorian how even though he stole a horse to return to the castle and Celaena had still outran him. I loved the way she snapped and nearly killed Chaol and Dorian had to save him with magic. I loved the revenge she took on the people involved in all its heartlessness. I both loved and hated the way her and Nehemia had fought before she died and how badly it tore Celaena up for the rest of the book and because of not being able to face Chaol anymore brought her closer to Dorian again even though they are still just friends. I loved and hated how she allowed if not plotted her death to push Celaena in the right direction. Just everything about this turning point is everything to me.

Then we have the other big moment right at the end where we find out that Celaena is the lost heir of Terrasen, Aelin Galathynius. Even in the first read through I sort of saw this coming. We had this devastatingly sad moment when Chaol catches her singing over Nehemia’s grave in a language we find out is Fae, how she was so certain that the people who said they were working with the lost queen were lying, and of course when she actually turned Fae. I loved how she told Chaol just enough to work out who she actually was without actually saying it. That ending was amazing.

Then we had the story progression plot where we wind out about the magical gateways and their keys. We didn’t really get too much in this book but I like how much bigger this idea is going to make the worlds. I of course know where this goes in other books so I don’t want to say too much on my thoughts here because they are tainted. Even though I was really annoyed with how long it took her to work out that one of the keys was kept in the tomb. It was so obvious. They creature they found in the library was really freaky and it made me so scared of what kind of things the king was making in all those cells.

And thats where I am going to leave this very long review. If you have read the book lets discuss, I always love to talk books. If you ship Chaol and Celaena present me your argument. Were you surprised by things? What was your favourite moment? Obviously I think people should read this series so there isn’t anymore I can say on that matter.

 

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Book Review – Crown Of Midnight

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Title: Crown of Midnight [Throne of Glass 2]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 418

Rating: 5 Star

Series Review: 0.51, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

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Description/Synopsis:

A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I have no way to talk about this book or the rest of the series without spoiling anything. All you need to know is that the first one was amazing, and this one was even better. Go forth and read all the books.

Just so many things. In this book we have so much plot and character development that it is just really blew my mind just a little bit. So I think the easiest way for me to talk about this book is to talk about each of the events that just struck me. Forgive me if they are out of order, my thoughts are not in order.

Celaena. She both kick arse and struggling with damsel in distress, and it takes her soooooo long to work out like the most simplest things in this book. If she is not totally loosing it and everything around her is dying, she is struggling to do most things. Luckily in this book she tends to take on more of the ‘I am going to kill everyone’ mode and it is completely glorious. The part where Chaol is ‘kidnapped’ and she comes tearing into the warehouse and she is just cutting down people left right and centre without a second thought and Chaol actually realises shaking of creature he has unleashed upon the world. But then my heart dies with her as it comes to light that Chaol knows what is going on has been hiding from her and everyone that Nehemia’s life is in danger.

She basically flies through the night to get back to her but she was too late and returns to the bloody and tortured corpse that was her best and really only friend. This moment just kills me. The conversation she had with the dead queen about her knowing what she needed to do and how Nehemia hoped it wouldn’t push Celaena over the edge. I thought she was just going to stop talking to her or something like that. She knew, she knew she was going into what could only have been a horrible death. I was right there with her when she was trying to kill Chaol. He deserved every single slash that came his way, but I glad he didn’t die because he is good for her in the way he pushes her. I relished the death she brought to the person who killed Nehemia though. That was a really satisfying and slow bit of pain and suffering.

I felt so sad for Dorian pretty much the entire time in this book. I didn’t see his magic coming at all and I have to tell you it got me so excited about what is to come in the rest of the series and what this means for him. Celaena w such a cow to him at the start but when she finds out about his powers they start bonding over it and they work together gash and its just beautiful.

I would just like to take a brief moment here and say while I can only picture her with Sam, out of Dorian and Chaol I am team Dorian. Dorian has always accepted Celaena for who she is and actually lets her relax around him and makes her laugh, Chaol is good that he pushes her up when she needs it when Dorian fails, but he looks down on her a lot of the time about who she is and what he thinks she does even though he is supposed to love her. Cannot forgive him for that.

Now Celaena’s big plot point of being Fey and being the lost Queen Aelin I saw that coming from a mile away. No one come screaming lies at me cause its true. Aelin got brought up all the times Celaena’s past was always surrounded in mystery. We had heaps of signs guys. The full Fey thing though, that was a bit of a surprise. I wasn’t too sure on how Fey the royal family were, but that moment she bursts through the portal at the end and breaks out into her Fey form to save her dog and her friends. Chills. Celaena is her ‘animal’ form she got stuck in when magic went away.

I am still screaming over the events in this book, so before this review becomes too long I am going to cut myself off. Which moments got to you the most? Come and discuss all these things with me! Seriously guys, I have no friends in my day to day life that understand the way I am with books and reading so I have no one else to talk these things over with. This is the kind of book that needs talking about!

 

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Book Review – The Assassin’s Blade

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Title: The Assassin’s Blade [Throne of Glass 0.5]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 448

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition for the first time – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This was an amazing addition to the series.

I read this book after I read Throne of Glass and I think that is the correct place to be reading this book. I know Crown of Midnight came out before this one, but I think its best to read that after. You need to read ToG first to understand who all the people are and who their importance is to the main story, but then after that it gave me pretty much all the answers I wanted while reading the first book. I don’t think you should read CoM before this because it makes cast off comments about characters you meet in this book and you might miss their meaning or importance if you have no idea what those comments are referring too.

The writing style was all the things I loved in the first book. We still got all our funny moments and all our action packed serious moments. Exactly the kind of thing you expect to get from Maas if you have read the first book, but she seems to be more in her stride here because she has written other books before this one.

Plot wise I think of it as one long story rather than five short ones. The events go one after the other but between ‘stories’ we just skip a couple of pointless months here and there were obviously nothing important happened in the story. The stories where more like chapters to me and I liked it like that.

One downfall to the plot keeping you hooked to the end was that you already know where it is going because you have read ToG, but really at no point did that book give you any details as to how all those things came about and it just gives you the basics. So the interest was maintained for in in finding out those little details that were driving me crazy.

Character wise we didn’t have pointless ones in here. Because the book is about what lead Celaena to where she was in ToG, it only gives you what you need to know so everyone in the book serves a purpose. I totally loved Sam and Celaena together and I loved the fact that she didn’t always like him, it was something that grew. I wanted her to end up with Dorian in ToG but after reading this book I cannot imagine her with anyone but Sam and it breaks my heart that it cannot be.

I would have loved to get more of her training in these stories. You got some of it but it was just focussing on the main events that lead her to ToG. I wanted a bit of the years before hand when she was just starting how, her first kill, the first time she showed she was better than the other Assassin’s. Things like that. That’s not what we got though and I am ok with that because what we did get wasn’t pointless and added to the story for me. I hold out in hope though that maybe one day Maas writes some more short stories that go back into these kind of things. Or perhaps these kinds of stories pop up in the main books along the line. We still have a few books to go yet!

If you enjoyed ToG, I suggest you read this one. If you have yet to start, see the first paragraph. I think the knowing where it is going to end is just a small annoyance compared to what you get. But you can of course always read this book first, you might just be a bit confused about what is happening. If you love fantasy, strong female characters, and action and you have yet to start the series, I don’t know what you are waiting for. Go read!

 

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Book Review – Throne Of Glass

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Title: Throne of Glass [Throne of Glass 1]

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Length: 404

Rating: 4 Star

Series Review: 0.5, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

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Description/Synopsis:

In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.

The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I was avoiding this book/series for a while because all I was hearing was good things and my expectations were really high, and I didn’t want to go into it and not get what I was expecting. I totally got what I was expecting.

The plot of this story was so interesting.We are presented with this snobbish king who has decided to hold a ‘game’ where his royal court companions would each choose a champion to compete and the winner will be the kings own personal assassin for five years and then when their time is over they win their freedom. The kings son Dorian picked Celaena, the worlds most netorious assassin in the world before she got caught. All the trials were so exciting, I loved getting to see what all the different trials were going to entail. Then we also have this interwoven with the magical thats all very hush hush because the king outlawed it. It was awesome. I also loved the fact that we switched perspectives throughout the chapters and were not confined to just Celaena’s even though I love her.

Characters. All the characters were so well written that I feel like I must talk about each of them a bit so I’m sorry if this section drags.

“Guards are of no use in a library.”
Oh, how wrong he was! Libraries are full of ideas – perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.

Celaena was an awesome character to read about. There are lots of of awesome female characters these days but my gosh I liked her. She was sarcastic, loved to read, and was tough as nails. Her sense of humour, the fact she devoured books, and how easy she can kill with ease are what I liked about her most. She made herself laugh more than she made others laugh and that was totally hysterical most of the time. She survived a death camp and nearly escaped, a feet that no one had even come close too. They would only get a couple of feet, she touched the damn wall. We see a lot of development with her, both mentally and physically. Since we first meet her after she has been in this death camp she is all week and not what she once was, and with the help of Chaol, the captain of the guard, we begin to see who she was before then. I don’t want to go into spoilers encase there is someone reading this who is silly like me and hasn’t yet picked up the series yet, but I loved all the hints we get about her and the potential she has if she chooses to accept it. I AM ALL FOR IT!

Her arrogance is something that gets her in trouble in the beginning of the book though. Chaol was telling her to play down her abilities because know one expects her to be who she is because of her being female and so young, and if she flies below the radar they wont go after her as badly as some of the others. This is something she doesn’t get at all, which frustrates me because she is supposed to be smart. I do really like that scene though when she is duelling someone who has been the biggest pain in the butt, doesn’t even bother to take out her weapon and just strides up and kicks him ans sends him flying the the arena. It was just so good.

“Here’s a lesson for you Weapons Master,” she said, stalking past him. “Give me real men to fight. Then maybe I’ll bother trying.”

The men in our love triangle are Dorian and Chaol. Dorian is someone I could really get along with. He is a bit full of himself, arrogant, and a bit of a man whore, but is he so funny. There are so many scenes with him that really made the book for me.  The puppy, candy, books, and ball scenes are some of my favourites and they would not have happened if not for him. He is just so open and easy to like. He isn’t living up to his full potential yet but his time will come and its going to be awesome. Chaol is kind of the opposite of Dorian. He is stern, serious, much less open. Not really willing to put himself out there, but does it in a very subtle way that often goes unnoticed. I don’t know which one of them I like more at this point, I really can’t make up my mind. I will say that Chaol was truly amazing by the end, what he did for Celaena meant the world to her. Chaol might be winning a little… Maybe…

Get up.

There are some side characters that I found interesting. Sam was very interesting and I feel we are missing something huge here that will pop up later, possibly do to with the King of Assassin’s, the person who raised and taught her all she knows with some serious tough love I don’t know how I feel about, and how she ended up in the death camp. Nehemia I was a bit iffy about but came to really like and I hope she helps with the Celaena character development.

The plot was a little bit predictable at times, which was a bit of a downer for me. The ending had some of this predictability to it but my gosh the end scene is stressful. It goes forever and gah. Too long, didn’t need to be that long. I was just dying the whole time.

So yes, read this book. It was amazing, and the fact that I have yet to buy the rest of the books is actaully eating at me and I will probably have to break my book buying ban so that I can have them right now. My heart is literally beating faster thinking about how much I enjoyed this book. Calm down Jazz, calm down.

 

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