Series: Throne of Glass #3
Publisher: Bloomsbury (2014)
Paperback (562 pages)
Also by this author: Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Crown of Midnight
Also in this series: Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Queen of Shadows
Reading Challenges: 2016 Royal Challenge, Read 2016
She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.
Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.
Celaena is rather amazing. She truly is damaged, emotionally at least. She has been running from her past for ten years. She has done things she regrets. She has lived in a prison camp and survived. She has worked her way into the employ of her worst enemy. She has fallen in love with someone she can never be with. She has been forced to flee the place she has made her home. She has traveled to the country of her distant relatives. She is mourning the death of her friend. She is trying to put her life back together.
Rowan is a Fae prince and nephew of Queen Maeve. He swore himself to her service years ago. Now he is the one to find Celaena and, following instructions from Maeve, train her in her magic. He has lived far longer than Celaena and survived more horrors. He regards her as a weak human, undisciplined and spoiled. Yet he is the one tasked with training her to Maeve’s expectations.
Manon Blackbeak is an Ironteeth witch. The Ironteeth clans have been asked by the King of Adarlan to train as a flying corps mounted on wyverns. Manon is determined to be the best. The King has promised that, once they fight for him, the witches may take the wyverns and win back their lost homeland.
Chaol is still reeling over what he has learned about Celaena. He knew he had to send her away for her own safety and now he is also questioning the safety of his country if/when Celaena returns. He loves her and yet he knows they can never be together. Still, Chaol cares about her and wants to do all that he can to keep her safe from the King.
Dorian has problems of his own. With his need to hide the magic he doesn’t understand, he has so much to lose. He is upset with Chaol because he had Celaena sent away. He doesn’t understand why Chaol would do such a thing. He is struggling to come to terms with the things he has learned about his own father. How can he protect a kingdom from its own king?
Aedion blames himself for the fall of Terrasen. He blames himself for being unable to save the princess of Terrasen, Aelin. He has risen high in the king’s army, only to hear the news that his cousin, Aelin, the rightful Queen of Terrasen is still alive. Before the fall of Terrasen, he was Aelin’s protector. Now, he has to decide what he is or is not willing to do should she still be alive.
I have to say that I love these characters so much! They are all unique, multifaceted characters with quite different motivations. Celaena wants the past to stay in the past. She hasn’t quite figured out what the future holds yet. Rowan will follow whatever directions his queen gives, even if he doesn’t necessarily agree with her. Manon will be as ruthless as she needs to be to make it to the top. Chaol will find some way to be useful, even if he ends up in Anielle. Dorian will not stop questioning his father’s decisions. Aedion will have to decide if he is willing to fight for or against his queen.
In all, I completely recommend this series without reservation. It is truly an amazing series and I love the unique characters. If you haven’t read Throne of Glass yet, you definitely need to! (Also, this cover is absolutely gorgeous!)