Consumed by guilt and rage, Celaena can’t bring herself to spill blood for the King of Adarlan. She must fight back…
The Immortal Queen will help her destroy the king – for a price. But as Celaena battles with her darkest memories and her heart breaks for a love that could never last, can she fulfil the bargain and head the almighty court of Terrasen? And who will stand with her?
After what happened in the second book I thought I would have no more feels left to give but this…
You think you know Celaena from reading the first two books, right? Oh, but you’re so wrong.
In this book we see her more than broken, relentlessly blaming herself for the fates and deaths of her beloved ones. She takes down her every shield, leaving nothing behind to shed her emptiness threatening to shatter her from the inside out.
She’s left Ardalan under the command of Chaol and she’s left everything behind. She’s gone in search of answers about the Wryd Keys and The Wryd gates and there is only one person who can give her those answers.
Her Aunt Maeve (YES THE FAERY QUEEN!)
But getting the answers isn’t as straight forward as it seemed. She has to earn those answers and in doing so she has to delve deep into her past and see what it was that made her turn off her power all those years ago and how she can harness them now. With the, sort of help, from Rowan she must face the demons that have haunted her for so long, let the magic inside of her soar free and to become the Queen that people expect her to be.
Back in Ardalan, Chaol cannot get over Celaena. His love for her consumes him but he knows he must all of that behind him and get to the bottom of all of this. He has to help keep Dorian’s magic a secret, conduct meetings in private with Aedion and eventually decide where his loyalties lie.
Then there’s Dorian, whose coming to terms with his magic and has, FINALLY, found something worth living for (Feels coming with that!)
But throughout it all is the underlying truth;
Celaena is a Queen…
But will she embrace it?
OH MY GOD!
In this book we are able to witness how she became Celaena Sardothien, how her life changed forever on that fateful night ten years ago. But by facing all that sorrow and darkness, she’s making a stand. She’s slowly becoming a queen, one more powerful and deadlier that you could ever imagine.
Her character development is BRILLIANT to read about because through her new experiences she is stronger, wiser and more determined. Her fierceness was awe-inspiring and I loved how she still kept the same stubborn, snarky and brave young woman that we all loved to begin with, maybe with her ego a little bruised. She’s not proud of who she’s become, abandoning her kingdom and not fighting for rebuilding it for the past ten years, but she’s ready to throw herself into battle to win back her land.
The new Man Candy addition to this book is Rowan Whitethorn; He’s an alpha-male in all his glory, with the kickass moves that would bring Celaena’s to shame. He’s scary and intense, protective and defying, caring, but lethal when it comes to his enemies. Rowan is the no-nonsense type and I was glad there is finally someone who doesn’t put up with all of her crap. She throws a verbal punch? He throws one that will leave her with a black eye for the entire week. But they develop a friendship and something so important on the intimate level (not romance related) that it will warm your heart to realize that our girl finally has someone to fully rely on. And Rowan’s past is just as heart breaking as Celaena’s. There’s a reason he’s the way he is, why he has a tattoo on the entire side of his body. I have a love hate relationship with this guy and I can’t quite explain why but rest assured I do eventually love him. But I don’t want him to be another love interest for her. She belongs with Chaol. END OF CONVERSTION!
Dorian in this book is still the same swoon-worthy, sentimental, humble (yet a bit arrogant as well) young prince. He finally has let go of his feeling for Celaena and has found someone he wants to be with and in turn wants to be with him but what happens… God my feels couldn’t handle it. It was all so much. I honestly want Dorian to be happy and in love but what happened in this book and what his father did to him… I have a feeling his going to become so sort of character that’s not entirely evil but one that’s going to cause a lot of damage.
Chaol in this book has pretty much abandoned Dorian. He’s trying to see where his loyalties lie and so he strikes an unlikely friendship with Aedion Ashryver, Celaena’s cousin and child hood friend (who is also ridiculously handsome!) Chaol is trying to save Dorian, to keep his magic safe and in turn come to terms with the revelation about Celaena. I still loved him in this book and I’m still convinced that he is the one for Celaena.
Aedion Ashryver. He’s all deadly smiles, muscles and wild behavior. Aedion is daring, clever and doesn’t give a rat’s ass about anyone but himself. Or so they say. But he’s dead set on taking down the King of Adarlan from the inside. When he finds out Aelin is alive, he makes it clear that he would move mountains in order to see his true queen back in Terrasen. He’s loyal, determined, skilled and I hope he reunites with Celaena sooner rather than later, because he is in a pretty bad place at the end of the book.
Another addition to the newbie characters is Manon Blackbeak, heir of the Blackbeak coven of the Ironteeth witches and leader of the Thirteen. The witches play a big role in the King’s newest and darkest plans by being the riders of the wyverns he has created and Manon wants nothing more than to lead them into battle as Wing Leader. She wants to prove herself and although she is a bloodthirsty, wicked creature, I completely loved her. She’s by no means a villain, just a different kind of heroine, firm and unyielding, with great ambition. Her encounters and silent dialogues with Abraxos cracked me up, because in that moments you could glimpse (besides the wyvern’s total awesomeness) how Manon starts believing there’s a chance she has a heart and soul and that her grandmother’s rules might not be the best to follow.
The King of Ardalan is still the bad guy in this book and he becomes even worse. What he does is just unbelievable and I hope that Celaena gives him a brutal death. He deserves it.
The atmosphere in this book is darker and the pace is thrilling, allowing you to breath for a bit before another near-death encounter or epic battle starts. The world-building was another winner, as we were able to see Wendlyn, Doranelle, the Ferien Gap and Adarlan again. We learn about the past, we meet Queen Maeve and we run from terrifying creatures and we accompany Celaena as she masters her powers.
The Throne of Glass series slowly becoming a YA version of GoT and I love it. This book still keep s the same intensity as the other two books, but with just that bit extra. Its thrilling, its gut wrenching its full of all the things you’d expect from a world set in Medieval times. Its brilliant and I loved every single second of it. Its still visually amazing and it still transports you to the world that they live in
I want the fourth book and I want it now!
5 out of 5 stars