Alright, alright people! I finally know who this Rowan Whitethorn fellow is that everyone seems to be going on about all of the time. Now why we had to wait until Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) for him to show up, is beyond me. Get on the ball here, Maas!
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?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.
- Rowan – Okay, I get why people become so annoyed with the asshole guy cliché. However, I am not one of those people. I cannot get enough of them. I love their snark and sass, their antisocial behavior, and that they don’t fall in love with the MC as soon as they see them. I enjoy the buildup as we get to know more about them and learn their history. And if I’m being honest, I will always immediately choose them over the nice guy. I won’t apologize for the fact that nice guys bore me to tears in books. So basically Rowan has now replaced Chaol as my favorite. Sorry Chaol, I guess our love was never meant to last (kind of like yours and Celaena’s hahaha!… Too soon?).
- The Climax – I really enjoyed that dramatic ending. I think it was veryyyyyy much needed after nothing really happening for the majority of the book. I also think it was a really good catalyst to start the actual climax for the entire series. It needed to happen before the story could ever reach the beginning of the end, so to speak. Does that make sense?
- Aedion – Yeah, he’s a badass. I just wish his charm and cockiness wasn’t all an act though.
- Info Dump – Guys, this book left me even more confused than I already was about all of the Fae history and mythology. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND IT! I feel like there’s just too much going on that it’s hard to keep track of who is who and what they did, etc. Is it just me who is suffering from WTF syndrome? Does it get any better? Is it going to get worse? Will I have completely lost my mind by the end of this series?! Stay tuned to find out!
- Pacing – This book could’ve definitely cut out at least 100 pages and been perfectly fine. There was too much of nothing really happening during Celaena’s training. Unfortunately, I feel like this is an issue for almost all of Maas’ books. They tend to be too long which can be a turnoff for some people. I love big books, don’t get me wrong, but in this case it’s just unnecessary.
- Chaol and Dorian – Their chapters in this book were just uninteresting to me. Chaol is suffering from some serious issues that I find completely annoying and stupid (kind of like Tamlin in ACOMAF). And I’m just bored by Dorian as a character in general, and have been since the first book. I like that he grew a backbone at the end of this book but I think it took to long to happen. And Chaol? Yeah, you did help out a bit but you need to get over yourself and stop whining!
All in all, this was not my favorite book in this series so far. In fact, if it had just been a whole book following the sarcastic and sassy conversations between Celaena and Rowan – it would’ve been a 5 star hit! #needmoreRowan
Final Verdict: 3/5 Stars
What are your thoughts on this book? Do you agree with my assessment? Which book is your favorite in the Throne of Glass series so far? Are you Team Dorian, Team Chaol, Team Rowan, or even Team Aedion?