Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
There is so much that happens in this book! It’s slower than the others, and a good bit longer, but we’ve got three new big characters, a lot of individual growth from Celeana, Chaol, and Dorian, and answers for all the questions the first two books gave us (finally!).
Celaena is having a hard time, but it all makes sense and is deserved, and I really like that we are getting her backstory. She is also forging new strong friendships, and learning to accept her past and the potential of her future. I love the maturity she leaves us with and can’t wait to see how that translates in the next book as she has to put her new attitude to action, among those who stripped her of her identity to begin with.
Chaol is facing a big debacle, he has to decide how blind his loyalty to the crown is, and if he can accept Celeana now that he knows her secrets. I understand why it’s hard for him to make this choice, and I appreciate that Maas presents this challenge at all – I think a lot of time characters react solely out of love for one another, which is certainly a legitimate element, but it’s not the only one. He definitely believes the king, and the evil he represents, needs to be destroyed; but he wants to see Dorian rule Adarlan, and he’s worried Celaena will seek vengace on Adarlan’s people and ruin the whole country. We’ve all seen the darkness that threatens to overwhelm Celeana, so I understand his fears. So while some people are hating on him on this book, I get his struggles; and doesn’t he come through in the end as always?
Dorian, I’m still just kinda “meh” about. I definitely like how much he’s grown into his potential as a king, and that he’s let Celeana go. His magic is interesting, and I’m upset about the King’s reaction to it all. But I still just haven’t felt that connection to him the way I have with the other characters.
New characters! I like Aedion, it’ll be interesting to see how he and Aelin are when they are reunited, and I would like to see more of a friendship grown between he and Chaol. Manon, it took me a while to care about her. Her relationship with her Wyvern makes her likable, and I’m interested to see how that grows in the next book. Rowan is really interesting, I like he and Celeana’s friendship and their devotion to each other (in a solely platonic way), he’s going to make a great addition to her court.
Chaol and Celeana . . . Both think their relationship is over, for different reasons. But I’m really hoping that all the growth they went through in this book will bring them back together. I definitely think they will have to start by learning to trust one another again, but I still think they can be a great couple. And I think the two of them together could be a great model for how the kingdoms could interact after the king is taken out.
Basically, I can’t freakin wait for the next book!