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Much pretty. I had hopes that the book would pick up once the competition began, and for a split second, it did. I'm out. After enticing me with its promises of a reading experience reminiscent of Megan Whalen Turner and George R. Martin, Throne of Glass ultimately let me down. Having been excited for this novel for weeks and actually liking the sample I read, I have been brought back to earth now — with a jolt. This YA fantasy is a rather sorry example of its genre. I have the notion that a big part of this book did not work for me because of its heroine. Celeana is smart, athletic, talented and beautiful. She loves music and reading. She is fluent in different languages. She is great. And she knows it. And rubs it in your face repeatedly.
As do her suitors and admirers. I had the feeling that Sarah J. Maas tried everything to make me love her heroine. How do you make readers love someone? Present them with a book lover! But somehow, she accomplished the opposite. I did not loathe Celaena, but she grated on my nerves. I wished someone would tell her off, would for once not grant her every wish; I wished the characters I liked would not fall for her charms and good looks. The little romance Celaena had I won't say with whom was laughable at best and mostly resulted in me rolling my eyes at the fact that the only attraction that existed between those two stemmed from them both being beautiful.
In terms of plot, I cannot deny that there was always a level of suspense present. I did want to know how this story ended, and yes, there were actually parts when I feared the whole thing would not end well — partly because my beloved heroine did not deem it necessary to inform certain people about what she had witnessed in the castle. Overall, though, the story remained a tad too juvenile and simple for me. Important events were mentioned only in passing and the mythology did not go any further than what was important for the main story line.
Many things remained unsaid — doubtlessly for the sake of sequels yet to come — but it was not the subtle way of remaining unsaid but hinted at I love in fantasy novels, it felt more like remaining unsaid to lure me into reading on. There were aspects I liked - Celaena's friendship to Nehemia, the Eyllwe princess, and Chaol, the loyal and fierce captain of the guard — but in the end, there isn't enough to make me interested in reading any sequels. In short - what I wanted: A less is more mentality. World building that does not only cover what is necessary to follow the main story arc. Subtle romance. Villains in different shades of grey.
Assassins that actually assassinate. And do not only sit in their room talking or thinking about clothes and boys. What I got: A vain and mostly unlikeable heroine. Two men absolutely bedazzled by her presence. Hints of a love triangle. Lots and lots of descriptions of clothing. Flimsy world building. An overall poor execution writing-wise. Thank you. Thanks a lot to Netgalley and Bloomsbury for the review copy. View all 77 comments. Sep 29, shady boots rated it it was amazing Shelves: covergasm , all-time-faves , faves , heroines-i-adore , oh-my-god-marry-me. First cover: "Yeah, don't I look badass in this? Wait, hold on, does my hair and makeup look okay?
I think I need to pose like this, so I look all strong and tough. I never liked the first cover, and am infinitely grateful that they changed them for the sequels. But as far as how Celaena herself is? I would say she's a bit of both. I feel like these covers portray two very different extremes, and Celaena seemed First cover: "Yeah, don't I look badass in this? I feel like these covers portray two very different extremes, and Celaena seemed to possess a quality from each of them.
That's actually what I loved about her. She's fast becoming one of my all-time favorite YA heroines. I'll admit that a long while ago, I hadn't expected the book to be this good. But as soon as I read the prequels, I fell in love, and I definitely have high hopes for this series. View all 94 comments. Nov 25, Rick Riordan rated it it was amazing. Caleana Sardothien, young woman assassin, is betrayed and sentenced to the salt mines of Endovier.
After a year, however, she is given an opportunity: If she wins a contest to become the king's champion, she will be granted a four-year contract, working as an assassin for the empire she hates, at the end of which time she will be freed. After reading the premise of the book, I thought, "Sign me up! This book has plenty of mystery, magic, humo Caleana Sardothien, young woman assassin, is betrayed and sentenced to the salt mines of Endovier. This book has plenty of mystery, magic, humor and romance -- a perfect brew for fans of good YA fantasy. If you liked Graceling, Grave Mercy, Shadow and Bone or other fantasies featuring strong female protagonists with scary good skills, I think you'll enjoy this quite a lot.
And it's the first of a series! View all 38 comments. Characters were badly written, the plot was full of telling instead of showing. I don't mind unlikeable characters, heck I love them but it didn't feel I was supposed to dislike our main snowflake. So tired of the "strong" female character who can kill everyone in a heartbeat but she's tiny and incredibly pretty, she hates all other women and Oh also everyone wants her For more details and quotes, h Characters were badly written, the plot was full of telling instead of showing. View all 66 comments. I decided to reread this book, as I am about to continue on with the series, finally!
I did really enjoy this the second time round, but found myself a little more critical of a few things. I will be doing a full video review of this soon, so look forward to more of my thoughts then : 3. I will be doing a full video review of this soon, so look forward to more of my thoughts then View all 20 comments. Feb 15, Ben Alderson rated it it was amazing. What is even going on, how did i not read this sooner! View all 26 comments. Dec 14, Navessa added it Shelves: fantasy-light , insufferable-mc , dnf , love-triangle-hell , durzo-blint-does-not-approve , trolls-love-me. I don't lie often, but when I do lie, trust me, I might pass as a lie-detector scammer, don't test me, I'm ruthless.
But in general, I prefer to be brutally honest and direct. That's my true nature. And this particular cover felt like it wanted to intimidate me so bad. I actually tried to read Throne of Glass once before, earlier in the year, and I managed to stop after precisely two words , change my mind and read something else. They all seemed to be so stereotypical that I quit trying to bother: the narcissistic prince, the oppressed heroine with a shady background, the wicked king scared of magic, the hard-core right hand of the narcissistic prince, the misogynistic brute etc. But as the plot developed, I started liking this hard-core gorilla bodyguard with the name of Chaol, this narcissistic prince with a flirty nature, but with a real love for knowledge, this oppressed heroine which made a name for herself, but preferred to use it just to cover herself because that was a choice she could make.
To be completely honest, the most beautiful relationship of them all is the one between Celaena and Princess Nehemia of Eyllwe. Their friendship is so pure and so natural that it seems like their souls have been friends since the moment the world was created. There are two important things about a book: it has to teach you something and it has to help you escape your own reality. I don't know about you, people, but I read books in order to escape my own cruel reality because that is the reality — a cruel and devious lifetime lasting wake-up call and I recently discovered that fantasy books are the best remedy for an ordinary life.
I, for instance, do not judge a book by the lack of one of those aspects, but I judge it by the way it makes me feel and by how wholesome it is as an entity and by its cover, of course! This is maybe why almost every time I find something positive that I liked in a book that contributes to my general opinion about it. And this is also the case for this one! As the plot develops, the storyline becomes more and more intriguing until it reaches a point where things turn out dark and fantastic. What seemed to me at the beginning as okay-ish turned out to be, towards the end, a great, imaginative story.
I am beyond happy that I was wrong! That means the book is good because I rarely am wrong and I even rarely admit that I was wrong! I gave it 4. View all 28 comments. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were well formed and excellently developed. There are recognisable and enjoyable twist on the classic Cinderella. Example Celaena Sardothien's fairy godmother is a ghost of an ancient warrior queen.
There are also slight touches such as Celaena has an innate charm with animals. I was also very impressed with the pacing and evolution of the story. Honestly the pages just seem to fly by. Just because Celaena was the greatest of assassins after being in I really enjoyed this book. Just because Celaena was the greatest of assassins after being in a death camp for over a year she need to capture her old form, but her skills are still intact. Also I like the way the author plays with her feeling even though she is an assassin she is still very young and prone to her feeling and ego getting hurt. The book does leave a lot of questions many of which are for the second novel, but as much as I hate prequels I will have to read the back up stories on the kindle version.
I cannot wait for the next book and am really looking forward to what is going to happen next. Like I said earlier this book was more about Celaena recapturing her old form and claiming a position of power, also setting up her side cast, I am expecting a lot more action in the next book after all the training in this book. Shelves: young-adult , fantasy , It feels like Throne of Glass has been a book I've been thinking about maybe reading for a million years.
The reviews and ratings from my GR friends on this book are very mixed and I can easily see why after finishing this entertaining but disappointingly tame and romance-y young adult fantasy. Throne of Glass is like Shadow and Bone round two. This book is to the fantasy genre what Twilight is to vampires; though I have to stress that it is a fast-paced, compelling read and Maas does tame fantasy as well as it can be done. Despite my frequent eyerolls and disappointment at the romantic turn the story took, the pages seemed to fly by. I tend to read several books at once; I'll spend a few chapters with one and then mix it up by moving on to another, but Throne of Glass managed to hold my attention from start to finish with no time for interference from another book.
This, in itself, was quite an achievement. Celaena Sardothien is the star of this show. A former assassin turned prisoner, she spends every day in the salt mines prison of Endovier. Having given up on hoping for freedom, she wishes only for death. That is, until one day The Crown Prince Dorian and his Captain of the Guard Chaol arrive with a proposition for her - fight in a competition, win, become the King's Champion for four years, and finally earn her freedom. It's an offer Celaena can't refuse. But, of course, things aren't that simple. Some dark evil is at work inside the King's castle; something that is killing off the competitors one by one. Plus, there's the handsome Prince and moody Captain to deal with too.
I don't think Celaena is in the King's palace for a day before she starts obsessing over her looks, her new dresses and whether or not either or both of the aforementioned men find her attractive. She still manages to have more badassery than Alina in Shadow and Bone and the book is, in my opinion, nowhere near as boring as Grave Mercy. I like that she's "feminine" whatever you want to take that to mean as well as a brutal killer, but there's only so much high school changing rooms behaviour I can take. I think there's an excellent quote, a question that Celaena wonders to herself, that basically sums up what was running through my head for a lot of this novel: "How had she gone from the most feared prisoner in Endovier to this sappy mess?
But, that being said, I really enjoyed the banter between her and Chaol. And Dorian wasn't bad either. I've said it before but I'll say it again for the benefit of this review: I actually don't mind love triangles when they're convincing and both candidates for the MC's heart are on equal footing so there's some tension over who they're going to end up with. Though I may have to do all kinds of evil things - like Ms Maas, you've been warned. So, yes, I will be reading Crown of Midnight , god help me. I'm hoping it will please me more than the sequel to Shadow and Bone did, but the ending of this does make me think the second book could have more action and nastiness yes!
I think you can enjoy this book if you go into it knowing exactly what you're letting yourself in for. It isn't high fantasy. It isn't mind-blowing. View all 52 comments. I hateread a chapter from book five of this series with a friend. And I'm going to register my opinion that while it may have slightly improved in character development or worldbuilding or etc etc etc - I wouldn't know - it is, objectively, just as horribly written as this book. And that's the tea. Okay, yeah, the plot is kind of boring and there I hateread a chapter from book five of this series with a friend. Okay, yeah, the plot is kind of boring and there are a lot of opportunities for deception and badassery that are not taken. I take full offense at badassery being missed.
But seriously, guys, this book suffers from fucking terrible character work. Thesis Statement: Celaena is a badly written character. She is arrogant as hell, really petty, and somewhat obsessed with her own appearance. And that's not even the problem - a horribly unlikable assassin as a lead character could be amazing. But Celaena does not have enough character depth for her unlikability to be tolerable. Her alleged tragic past? Pretty much not represented on page. Frankly, tragic pasts need a lot of fleshing out to be compelling and believable, and I don't even think Celaena's trauma is acknowledged once in this book - come on, at least do the bare minimum?
Listen, okay, you want to get me started on my 1 pet peeve in YA for all eternity? Heroines that have less sense than the audience. I like my heroines to be one step ahead of me, or at my level. Let's talk about the fact that Celaena is just I am so disappointed by all this character could have been and all this character is not. Again, that could be super enjoyable to read about! I'd LOVE a book about a slightly unbalanced girl who murders people with a smile on her face.
This could be Celaena if she were cleverer and a bit - okay, a lot - more fleshed out. But she's just an unbelievable, annoying heroine. And Jesus, I am so annoyed by the love triangle. Dorian is just flat as hell and has no character. Chaol is Chaol is an overprotective ass. I can't believe he's supposed to be the good romantic interest compared to Rowan. Jesus, how bad is Rowan? What is happening in this damn series?? And yeah, I forgot just how much I hated it until the hateread, but the writing style of this book is worse than amateur.
It is so tedious, it is so typical, and it is so overdramatic. I take full issue with both overuse of exclamation points and lack of ability to truly get into a character's head. I have made my decision and I am not continuing. Blog Goodreads Twitter Youtube I mean what's not to like: A mysterious new world, a set of interesting characters in novellas and a lot of potential plot-lines to explore. But, after reading this first book, the only reason I'm rounding up what felt like a 2.
But even for a young audience, I believe "I swear on my crown that the pup shall live. But even for a young audience, I believe some of the stuff here are too shallow and rudimentary, especially in the first half of the book. Though it wasn't much original, I still found the plot to be interesting. The unfairly convicted protagonist trying to make a change by fighting on multiple fronts, and some politics to keep things heated among characters, while adding a bit of dark magic to have a little mysteriousness. Story starts with Celaena being conditionally released from prison, to participate in a competition which expects to select a champion for the king.
I was under the impression that this competition would be the main plotline, but it was mostly on sidelines. Politics played a major part, and I think that's what I enjoyed the most here. As for magic, there wasn't a whole lot of revelations in this one, however I'm hoping everything would become clear in time. But after a few chapters, it quickly becomes apparent that the main theme here is romance. Everything revolves around Dorian - Celaena - Chaol trio, and leading up to a too obvious love triangle. But at least, it's not one of those terrible ones, where one of the three being a complete villain. The pace of the story was also okay, and even though the book wasn't much impactful, it was kind of a fun read overall.
But the prose has a lot of room to improve, especially by moving beyond the pure melodramatic conversation. However, I have to admit, it did get better towards the end. Even though the villain turned out to be the obvious one, I loved the detailed final battle, until the very end. From the very first page, I didn't expect much from Celaena. It was clear from the novellas, aside from being fun, she had a number of conflicting traits, and was not very congruous with being an infamous assassin. Trying to squeeze in this many qualities to a single character is hardly a good idea, even if the character is of an age suit to be full of wisdom, and experience. But when you try that with an eighteen year old girl, who is the definition of impulsiveness, it is not surprising that the character turning out to be an annoyance.
Even if the author had intended to create a strong role model for readers of the intended audience, I think the character came out looking too shallow, and inconsistent. I'm not giving examples to avoid spoilers, but one does not have to look deep to find her shortcomings. Celaena might be a very popular character but she is anything but a role-model in my opinion. If it wasn't for the novellas, I probably would not have finished this book. And even with the novellas, I still might've discontinued, if it wasn't for the shared opinion among many that first couple of books being the weakest in the series. I hope, at least in time, these qualities would fade away.
At this point, I cannot say that I liked the prose that much either, but I'm hoping that'd improve as well. View all 33 comments. It took a minute to get used to the narrator but I finally got settled in with her. I love Celaena Sardothien. She was taken from Endovier the death camp and brought to the castle to fight with other Champions. If she wins then she has to kill for the King for 4 years and then she is free. I have a feeling that's not to be. Prince Dorian is the one that chose her as his champion to fight against the others. Celaena is being called Lady Lillian because they don't want anyone to know who she is, since she is a bad ssed assassin.
I loved and still to this day love Chaol. But, I never liked the fact that Dorian and Celaena shared a few kisses. Ewww, I just don't like Dorian that way. He's like a best boy friend. How awesome is that. Oh, and the part where Prince Dorian picked up one of the steamy books she had been reading. Lol "Sunset's Passions," he read, and opened the book to a random page to read aloud. Do you actually read this rubbish? I'm glad they were friends.
We do finally find out what it is and it just figures. That's all I'm going to say. I loathed Cain, one of the champions, and Kaltain, an evil woman that was up to no good as well. I loved Nehemia, she's from another kingdom and there for her own reasons. Nehemia and Calaena become best friends. And I loved Elena, she's a ghost of someone. But who? Not saying. She bad to the bone! Assassin Celaena Sardothien! She's the toughest assassin around and she loves books and plays the pianoforte. Imagine that :- I really liked Chaol, the captain of the guards. I loved Nehemia, she is a tough princess in her own right and a great friend. I'm very interested to know more about Elena and hope she shows up in the other books.
This was just an awesome fantasy book with a great cast of characters!! Apr 07, booksNpenguins rated it it was ok Shelves: high-dark-epic-fantasy , spies-thieves-assassins-guns , enemies-to-lovers , swords-knights-warriors. We each survive in our own way. This is going to be a rather personal review because Throne of Glass took away a week of my life and my SJM virginity. A couple, actually, and they mainly involve the writing and a certain main character which I won't name for now. Now, before I start, I must s We each survive in our own way. I can see that.
I actually could see a writing style development between the first and the second half of the book. Too many exclamation points!!!!!! I don't like that, nuh-uh. Plus, most of the time, it really looked and felt like a thirteen-year-old fangirl wrote a fanfiction based on scratches of books she's seen her big sister read. The plot is not bad. Not bad, but not breath-taking, either. I'm not giving up, though, because I trust my fellow readers and I believe it when they say it's gonna get better. Well, Now, another thing that threw me almost completely off the Throne of Glass Train, was the main character, Celeana Sardothien.
Oh, boy. I had such a hard time with this one. Not only I didn't connect with her and her way of thinking before the very last chapters, she's also made it into my Top 3 of most annoying characters thanks to her immaturity. Basically Celeana in every single line ever: For someone who's supposed to be a deadly assassin, she's pretty weak and dull. I get it that she's a girl who likes being pretty and wearing nice clothes and dating hot boys I actually love it when a female character can be girly and badass at the same time , but she's just so narcissistic and stubborn, she never or rarely speaks without thinking first, that you can't help but put aside her best sides and focus on the tooth-cringing ones.
Sometimes, she really lacks tact, not to mention good manners, and, for the most part, she walks around feeling like she invented the concept of being a badass. You still have a lot of road ahead. So flipping frustrating. To be completely honest, sometimes I even enjoyed this book, but I couldn't help but notice they were chapters or paragraphs in which Celeana was silent or absent or too busy fighting for her freedom to care about other stuff. Ahem, I'll leave the math to you, peeps. Bless the multi-pov option! Which brings us to the romance side. Guess what? There was a love triangle! Since, y'know, I think it'd too much to hope Dorian and Chaol will both dump Sardothien, grab a dozen puppies each, and ride their way into the sunset, together. You can tell someone didn't really do their best at researching.
The setting and the way all characters behave could have been a little more authentic, and, holy crow, the ooc-ism was too much, even for a mediocre book. I have too high standards now. Until then, two and a half stars are more than enough. The plot in particular. SJM stepped up her writing game and I also ended up liking celaena's character development. This to say, don't be surprised if you step upon another of my THG reviews and find it more positive than this one. This is a very popular series.
Listen to me here, if I were a fantasy fan when I was a teenager, I would have definitely read this book. But you know, my relationship with fantasy hasn't been lit for the last years , so I hadn't picked it up. I started loving fantasy again this year because of A Court of Thorns and Roses , a book I bought because I needed it for my uni thesis, not because I was interested in reading fantasy again. I haven't read fantasy since I have a million fantasy series to catch up to.
I'm nervous. I had very high expectations for this book which were partially met. As I said before, my first Sarah J. Maas book is A Court of Thorns and Roses , which is the her latest series. Most of you have read Throne of Glass first and then A Court of Thorns and Roses , and you have experienced her writing flourish. I haven't. I read her better book first. I can see now that she has improved so much, her writing is so much better now.
Some things in the writing of this book weren't my thing, like repetitions of some phrases, "assassin" being referred to Celaena the whole entire time which bugged me a bit , poor choice of words at some parts. But I recognized Sarah in this book. I can recognize her writing style now, and I truly love it. From the badass main character with the hard to pronounce name which reminded me of Daenerys Targaryen to the championship which was like the Triwizard Tournament in Goblet of Fire , the vibes were fucking lit yo! The world Sarah J. Maas has created in this book was so immersive, I was so into it when I was reading the book.
I wasn't even confused with all the names and places and words, it all came natural to me. I can see how after this book, the world will expand to an enormous extend with magic and Fae and so many new characters appearing, and I'm here for it! The multiple character perspectives was a surprise to me. Celaena owns the most chapters, but we can see things told from mostly all the characters, even the fucking King which is something I was surprised about as it does not happen in her other series. I loved it. The multiple character POVs. And I relish in the fact that we can explore things from numerous viewpoints. I didn't expect her character to be like this, to be honest.
The book description suggested a ruthless, cold-hearted killer, and I expected as much. But her compassion and her kindness and her passion for multiple things showed from the very first pages. She is a merciless assassin who can end you with a snap of her finger but she has also kept her personality. Her humor, her quirkiness. Especially in fantasy. I can relate to them so much easier. I immensely appreciated her friendship with Nehemia and that it wasn't ruined at the end. I was so scared about this. I loathe when they make female characters hate each other in books, especially about a love interest!
Just don't, please. Girls need to stick together! I want to see more of her in the future books. I'm sure we will, but it was left kind of wonky in this book. I suspected her too, in the middle of the book, and I was certain it was her, orchestrating everything. But it was Cain. First off, we have a very predominant queer side character, who clearly states this from the beginning and is written very believably and seamlessly.
Next, we have a full diverse cast of characters, besides Chaol, in this novel. But please be aware that this review is coming to you from a white, able-bodied woman, so I am not the voice you should be listening to for the last two representations. There is still amazing angst and build up to sex, and there is one actual sex scene, but nothing near as graphic or even as descriptive as her previous works. Me, being the perverted person that I am, was a little disappointed by this, especially with how much I love Chaol. I should also preface this review by telling those of you who do not know that Chaol is my favorite character in ToG , well, besides my queen, Manon Blackbeak!
The last thing I will say before I actually start this long-winded review is that I cannot stress enough how important it is to read The Assassin and the Healer novella from the novella bind up, The Assassin's Blade , before you read this book! Tower of Dawn is a story that is running parallel with the events that took place in Empire of Storms. Also, the southern continent is way more advanced than Erilea could ever hope to be.
And healing is one of the most prized powers of all. And one of the three points of view in this book, besides Chaol and Nesryn, is a very talented and powerful healer named Yrene Towers. I would say the point of views are definitely equal seeming between the three, but there are two big story lines going on. He feels very guilty and that he is to blame for Aelin, Dorian, his family, his guardsmen, and also his disability. This book really showcases and highlights how mental pain and disabilities are just as hard to overcome as physically pain and disabilities, and Chaol for sure learns this lesson in true Chaol fashion: the hard way. And the second storyline is a big mixture of different ways Chaol and Nesryn are trying to sway the current khagan, Urus, to their cause.
Urus has six children and when he passes on one of them will rule, because in this kingdom it is not automatically given to the first-born heir. No one knows who the ruler will be, so this can make siblings rather blood thirty for one another, and once one is chosen to rule, the others must submit or things can get really bloody. This also makes the task of winning them all over a little difficult for Chaol and Nesryn. When Morath comes to lay waste to it, who will stand with you if we are all carrion?
All of these side characters are very impactful to not only this book, but the greater arching story at hand, too. These characters also put a big emphasis on family for this story, and the amazing lengths we are willing to go for the people we love. Tower of Dawn not only introduces a vast array of new characters, and it also helps showcase that this book feels like a love letter to being young and finding yourself. Yet also, finding what you truly want in your life. Finding yourself, and what you want from this life, is a truly beautiful story in and of itself.
There is a vast amount of world building and character development within these pages, and I truly believe this is such a wonderful addition to this series. Before I get into the spoiler section, I will say that there are trigger warnings for talk of suicide, grey area cheating, war themes, and violence. I will also say that the epilogue of this book will probably shatter your soul. Like, is it Fall of yet? But I loved this and it was such a wonderful and important installment in the Throne of Glass series. Please, do not proceed to read any further unless you have read this book and its predecessors or you wish to be spoiled! An assassin who had sailed away and a queen who had returned.
Maas does what she always does, but somehow always ends up surprising me. I honestly thought this book was going to have a romance about Chaol and Nesryn, so when she pulled the rug out from under my feet and made it really apparent that Chaol and Nesryn were going to not only not be together, but also have new budding romances with other people, I was completely shocked. I, personally, never liked Chaol and Nesryn together. I thought it was so unbelievable and just another way to show how Aelin and Rowan were soulmates, and it just felt bad to me. So, I was beyond elated to see their outcome work out differently than I expected.
And Chaol took a step toward her. When Chaol finally stood up and then walked to Yrene… I was weeping. This was my favorite moment in this entire book and I was a complete and utter mess. You saw me. Not the chair or the injury. Felt awake, in a long time. I was really concerned going into this book, that this was going to be a bad feeling "fix", so an able-bodied Chaol could come back into the main storyline, but instead it truly was a story about Chaol coming to terms with his disability and accepting himself and his life, wheelchair, cane, or standing on his own two feet. Through my own work and suffering and sacrifice. People are alive because of that. So I may not be a warrior waving a sword about, may not be worthy of your glorious tales, but at least I save lives—not end them.
Seeing her refusing to ever be a victim again, while also teaching lots of young girls how to defend themselves, was one of my favorite plot lines Sarah J Maas has ever written. I loved the tie in with The Assassin and the Healer , and I am very much anticipating the reunion between her and Aelin. Also, Chaol crying over his fate and that piece of paper? Lord, help me. Sartaq has some of the most romantic one liners I have ever read in my entire life. Give me all the warrior birds and their warrior riders, please. And Borte, Yeran, Houlun, and Falkan were all amazing side characters, too! And the plot twist with Falkan searching for Lysandra made my entire year.
I also loved that she acknowledged that she refused to be used and be a rebound to Chaol. As much as I felt bad for Chaol, because of Aelin, Nesyrn is the only true victim in this. I hope young SJM fans read this, and realize they are all worth someone who unconditionally loves them, and an impulsive ride on a Ruk. Much is uncertain ahead. Save for this. No demon army, no dark queen or king, will change that.
Also, the Stygian Spiders are terrifying, and I know their gate guarding is going to come back into play in a super crucial way and they are going to give me the major heebie-jeebies all over again! Fireheart, the epilogue ending with Aelin… be still, my heart. I honestly cannot wait for this final concluding novel. The ending of Empire of Storms was hard to read, and those two pages just brought back so many emotions. Again, this is my second favorite thing Sarah J. Maas has created, and I have nothing but the highest of hopes for everything she creates and for what she plans to do for the conclusions on this series.
Also, she has set up the option for so many spinoffs with all of these amazing side characters she introduced in Tower of Dawn , but first they all have to survive this incoming war. View all 65 comments. I am, in fact, really happy and I feel super blessed because of this beautiful book. To be honest, this book was not a fresh gulp of air. It was more like a warm and spicy oriental evening, filled with exotic music at every corner and strong smells of cardamom coffee. Basically, the rest of the series is like your daily routine and this book is like a winter holiday spent in Dubai. The great thing about the whole book is that my baby Chaol got a chance to prove himself worthy of love and affection.
At the beginning of the series I used to love Chaol, then he somehow got lost in all that plot and at parts, I found him boring. But this book was created for me to fall in love with him all over again. In this book particularly, the best thing happening to him is the cutie-pie Yrene. He searches the Southern Continent for allies in the battle against the darkness and he finds himself a badass fox-eyed girl — I think the lad has hit the jackpot at this point in his life.
I actually love their relationship and apparently, SJM really has this amazing and annoying talent of always finding the best matches for her characters, despite the occasional flirt here and there. She really did well with this pair too. I love Yrene. I really do. To be. She allows herself to be this way by not allowing her to be self-centred. She spreads her knowledge. She teaches young girls to defend themselves. I love that about her. And I love the fact that she repeats that to herself.
So to remember. Okay now. I do remember her. And I do love her now more than ever. This book was the perfect chance for the world to see the real Nesryn Faliq — the woman beneath the uniform. The girl beyond the fighter. She is truly amazing. But it does. And she suffers deeply about that. Nesryn is good enough. Nesryn is beyond. And the sweet, delicious shameless flirt that Prince Sartaq is, totally sees that. And lets her see that too. One more important aspect that I'd like to discuss is, like in all of the other books from the series, the beauty of women helping women. One important quality of humanity. In this particular book, that motif is represented by kindness. Kindness must be there, everywhere where is or might be needed. No matter who or what you are, this could make a deadly difference in life.
Thank you, Sarah J. Maas for always teaching as something! View all 33 comments. Oct 21, Kiki rated it it was ok Shelves: ya , books-to-use-as-weapons , lolwut , faeries , lost-the-will-to-live , love-stinks , will-read-the-next-one. I took the night to visit my parents. A family. Bonus points for the chapters, many of which I skimmed like no woman has ever ski "With you gone, my lord, I Honest to god, guys, this book was so boring I nearly died reading it. The hell happened? I'm hardly the biggest fan of the one with Feyre and Rhysand and all of their strange chiseled friends, but at least it held my attention.
I low key went into cardiac arrest trying to get through this. The kicker is this: both Empire of Storms and Tower of Dawn were boring and full of fillers. The obvious solution should have been to smoosh them together into one book, but That's just kind of sad. The basic premise is this: Chaol goes to Antica to rally support for Aelin. Okay, so we can work with that. But what we ended up with was just loads of stuff just straight up stolen from Game of Thrones!
I mean, come on - Chaol is Hand of the King! Hand of the King is a title invented by George R. It's literally just stolen. There's no getting away from it. Before this book, I actually really liked Chaol. I also sympathised with him, given that everyone took him for granted, and he went so far above his pay grade it's not even funny, just to be scorned by all and sundry for running away when an actual demon was trying to shear him in half with otherworldly magic. I still don't get why everyone has this weird attitude to him but I banged on about that for long enough in my review of Queen of Shadows so I won't bore you all with it now.
After Tower of Dawn , I'm not sick of Chaol for the same reasons that most people attest to: I've heard a lot of folk saying they hate him now because of the way he treated Nesryn. Nesryn dumped him via a note - actually, nah. I bet it was really a napkin, just thrown down on his dresser. Literally just Cho, I'm sick of you, don't call me, kthxbye and that's that. Truth be told, they were barely together to begin with. But that's not even the crux of the matter: I just hate Nesryn because she's so boring.
Words can't even explain how little I care about her. She could have made like me the first times I played Minecraft and tried to dig straight down don't do that!!!! I cared even less about her than I did about that bit at the beginning of Fallout, when you have to pretend to be devastated that your wife got shot and your baby got kidnapped, when really you're just waiting with bated breath to charge into battle mwi on chems and make sweet gay love to that hot creep Hancock there's no wrong way to play!
Speaking of gay I thought Chaol was queer? Did no one else think that? See, this is another missed opportunity. There's Hasar and Renia, though Hasar is a total arsehole and Renia is this weird wet rag of a character who keeps being referred to ickily as Hasar's "lover". I was feeling it between Chaol and Shen more than I ever felt it between Chaol and Yrene, and this is the problem with SJM: she has this weird ability to unknowingly write pairings with great chemistry, most of which are non-hetero, and then blow a big dumb hole right through it with the same enemies-to-lovers straight romance that we've seen six trillion times before. I always felt that Yrene's story was the least interesting part of The Assassin's Blade , and now I've got to sit here and pretend to buy her romance with Chaol?
Are you trifling with this? So one of the biggest problems I had with this book was Yrene, and not because she's the same crap character that we've seen a thousand times before - I've come to expect that. The worst part was that she is the shittest healer ever. The most unprofessional, the most rude, the most entitled. I have a high tolerance for fuckery, especially with high fantasy, but the scene where she allowed those little bitches to tear Chaol down off his horse and then trot him out like a wooden doll, as if, as a disabled person, he's just a thing to be toyed with, turned my fucking stomach.
Then, after this, the Healer on High wafts over to Chaol with a sickly wee smile on her face and says, "Welp, that's our Yrene. Don't be mean to her. She's had a hard life. Fuck all of them, for treating Chaol in that way. It was disgusting. And then they have a little argument about it, and it's all forgotten about. I literally couldn't stop thinking about that. We keep being told that Yrene is so talented and amazing and the next heir to the Torre Cesme, and yet she is still at the stage where she's treating her patients like this?
Where the hell is her bedside manner? I'm also pretty pissed off about Chaol being healed in the end, and the cop-out with the life bond to Yrene, but that's a given. Why we can't just have a handsome male character with a rounded story arc who is just straight up in a wheelchair, disabled, is a mystery to me. There is no reason why Chaol needed to be magically healed. I'm so sick of this cast of Olympians with their rippling muscles and their perfect swordplay, and this is another reason why it's relevant to note Game of Thrones: it has its issues with representation, absolutely, but it is notable in its portrayal of multiple well-rounded and layered disabled characters. The trouble is that the setting of Antica was cool The idea was good This book was full of good ideas that went down the toilet, and I'm kind of pissed off about it, because this is the sixth book, and it certainly wasn't cheap, but it's not the money I'm bitter about.
It's the fact that I've committed to this series and these characters, and SJM won't stop butchering them. Not to sound like Disgrunted 4chan Fan , but how is that fair? Don't build up fans' expectations, then then disrespect the first three excellent books in the series with this piece of nonsense. View all 58 comments. Oct 21, jessica rated it it was amazing.
View all 41 comments. Jul 12, Andreea Pop rated it it was amazing Shelves: badass-heroine , brotherhood-for-the-ages , holy-shit , bat-shit-crazy , favorites , young-adult , royalty , read-in , amazing-feelings , huge-character-development. Edit: Will my book slump ever go away? Slow progress. But this book was a step in the right direction. Maas, again, applause for you. I hate to promise and not provide and life is hectic. But this one is highly, highly recommended! My precious cinnamon roll, Dorian Havilliard, stole my heart Edit: Will my book slump ever go away? My precious cinnamon roll, Dorian Havilliard, stole my heart from the beginning. Not for his relationship with Celaena, but just for who he is.
Selfless, loyal, kind, courageous. I don't know about you, but the fact that he lost his shit in QoS which was acceptable since he went against everything he believed in his whole life , the fact that he was flawed like any other human being only brought him closer to perfection. So, no. I'm not sad that we get his book instead of the final novel. He deserves the recognition. It's gonna be a journey of healing and revelations and finding yourself again. Plus Yrene Towers!! It's gonna be amazing. View all 39 comments. Yes, I got two. This is my signed edition from Barnes and Noble with some extras at the back. The one from Target has the special art inside.
I want to read more about them. But there is still the war so there is that and I love their Ruks! I wasn't a fan of Chaol after someone was killed in another book and he I enjoyed this book about him good enough. I'm glad I read Assassin's Blade before this because some peeps were in this book. I loved Yrene sooooooooooooo much too. She's a healer that was asked to help Chaol. It was a rough road with that because of things We find out some revelations!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love screaming that in a book. I didn't see that coming at all and now I'm worried about the last book. There are some great characters in this book but it centers around Chaol, Yrene, Nesryn and Sartaq. But all of the other characters are great except for the evil ones but that is a given!
There was a happy ending and not so happy ending because of things to come. I did mention I'm worried right? View all 40 comments. Sep 27, Hailey Hailey in Bookland rated it really liked it Shelves: owned , fantasy. This was a great read, I just think it was waaaay too long and not really entirely necessary. I liked seeing a different perspective on things and being in a new setting following different characters. I loved the way the relationships ended up going, so that was a big plus. Buuut, I just wasn't really entirely wowed.
I listened to the audiobook but I think I may read it physically closer to the release date for the next TOG novel, so in a very long time. View all 7 comments. Jun 19, Warda rated it it was amazing Shelves: i-fell-in-love , characters-of-colour. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. God, I loved this so much. Chaol deserved this journey, this book. Not because I feel like his character was destroyed as people like to cry about, but because his emotional journey was needed. From pure self-loathing to healing. And that ending!
Yrene Westfall, people. This book was so brown, and so enjoyable to read and discover this continent found on justice and equality and for then Chaol to see what a kingdom is actually li Reread! This book was so brown, and so enjoyable to read and discover this continent found on justice and equality and for then Chaol to see what a kingdom is actually like. I just I love this series with my soul. Always going to have fond memories attached to it now! Last page?
Fuckin sadistic move! I get so psyched when I say that!! So much that needs resolving and I don't know how Sarah J Maas will wrap it up. Especially with the new revelations brought to light. Fuckin Maeve! One thing I can rely on though is that she always delivers for me. Chaol as a character since the beginning of this series has been one of my favorites.
Before my obsession with Rowan or Aelin or Dorian even. He was the one I instantly warmed to and cared for. And his overall character arc from book one till now has been an incredible and healing journey to follow. I adore him! Flaws and all! I'm so damn happy this turned out to be an actual novel. Chaol needed it. He deserved it. I still get pissy and when I read that people believe, or assume shall we say because that is what they're doing, that Sarah J Maas has no care for Chaol.
His story would never have worked in Empire of Storms. Him having his own story and journey was a smart move. Plus the world we were introduced to!!!! I can't wait to see the role each character will play in the final book. The reunion Chaol will have with his original bae, Dorian!! At times, I felt that the plot was quite And slightly boring at times. And for what I thought to be such a complicated matter, the answers or the outcomes for a particular plot line did not completely satisfy me. It's my only qualm. Other than that, this series safely sits alongside my Potter collection as one of my all-time favourite series.
With regards to the Valg, anyone else think they represent the Dementors and Yrene's powers as the Patronus Charm, since the way people can get healed from the Valg is attacking it with a happy memory? I just loved that aspect! A lot! View all 95 comments. Jul 08, Tharindu Dissanayake rated it liked it. Maas is getting better and better with character development. Come to think of it, all my favorite characters in this series were introduced from the third book onwards. And the world building here is next level compared to all previous installments.
There was a heavy Tolkien vibe throughout this book which I loved despite the irritatingly slower pace. It only became clear at the end of fourth book, when Chaol was dispatched to the southern continent, that we might encounter her again. But I did not expect for Maas to create such a vital, and interesting character out of her like this, who, from the looks of it, going to play a major role in the last book.
The healer's plot line more or less takes over that of Chaols, and manages to control more than half of the book here, while Nesryn relating her own separate journey. Maas had been gradually increasing the pace until that last fifth book, and in my opinion, Tower of Dawn disturbed that flow. This might have been great for a first book in a series, where the readers would be looking for a lot of detailed world building, but not in a penultimate book. I only refrained from skimming through some of the chapters because I was worried if I miss anything vital to the last book.
But to be honest, it was an tiring effort. May be this might've worked out a little better if the book was positioned before Empire of Storm. The unforgiving pace set by the fifth book made this appear completely out of place. Though, I'm not fully convinced if these revelations required such a long book. But at least it was nice to have Chaol back. Learn more. The foundation shared images from the celebrations, showing the princess beaming wearing a belted coat that accentuated her baby bump as she helped bury a time capsule to mark the occasion.
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