Sarah J. Maas
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 contrinues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
The Throne of Glass series is easily one of my favourite and most recommended series and yet I find myself finished yet another instalment and feeling a little underwhelmed.
The book consisted of Aelin scheming and cheating her way towards her final preparations for war. So as much as I loathe admitting this, I would consider this a filler novel once again. The plot progression was slow, which I can understand because the author apparently plans to make this series last six books. But disappointed as I was by the lack of big battle scenes and extravagant fighting sequences that doesn’t mean that nothing happened. Aelin had a lot of scores to settle and this meant a lot of planning. However, because of the multiple points of view we got to spend very little time in Aelin’s head. As a result I felt very disconnected from her, in previous books we had always been privy to her thoughts and schemes and now all her plans were constant surprises.
Sarah J. Maas brought several new characters to the table which is always fun if sometimes overwhelming and unnecessary. Aelin has put together her court and luckily that included Rowan. If there was any doubt in my mind that Chaol and Aelin’s relationship was over it was abolished within minutes of reading through their interactions. While I love Chaol and think he does play in important role in Aelin’s life and the book in general I was glad to see the romantic relationship end. If only because it gave me hope for Rowan and Aelin. However the development in her relationship with Chaol, no matter how much I liked it, felt abrupt and cold. Chaol and Aelin shared a strong friendship even before becoming romantically involved and it was that friendship that I mourned more.
I want to take a step back from Aelin and talk about Manon. You know that point of view from the nasty witch with the iron talons and teeth? Manon was no longer an unwanted break from Aelin’s perspective and instead became a worthwhile and dynamic character. Her bloodlust has not been crippled but tampered down by her desire to break free from the constraints of servitude and mindless obedience. She is easily climbing the ranks as one of my favourite characters.
Hopefully, everything is now in place for Aelin to face her real enemies and bring down the kingdom that took everything from her. Honestly, I’m not sure how much more planning and preparation I can take before I chuck this series out the window in exasperation.