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 Timesbestselling Crown of Midnight. (Goodreads)
So, I have actually had a physical copy of this book for absolutely ages. When I say ages, I mean, I have had it so long that I even moved house with it… twice. Every time I started to read this book and I saw the state that Celaena was in, I couldn’t seem to bring myself to carry on because she was the main reason that I loved the books to begin with. She was a kick ass character, who seemed to lose that flare for life at the beginning of this book. So, I put the book down, because I didn’t want to stop loving this series. I wish I hadn’t, because I absolutely adored this book!
Despite the fact that Celaena was changed at the beginning of this book, I loved the way her character developed throughout the whole book. The relationships changed as it went on and I loved to see her opening up to certain people and trying to let go of what had happened to her. I think, by the end of the book, she was a much stronger character than in the first and the second books.
Rowan is my favourite male character in this book so far. Despite the fact that he has a prickly outside, he is so cute and fluffy and he is basically a marshmallow on the inside. I loved getting to see another side of him and watching him come into his own and changing as a character with Celaena. I think they were both good influences on each other. Plus, I totally ship them both!! I am kind of hoping that it is possible to have more than one mate in a lifetime and that they mate because that would just be awesome!! Also, why does Maas have a thing for mates? This series and ACOTAR…
I also liked the rest of the characters equally, but I feel like some of them need to be explored even more. There were so many different opinions and different POV’s within this book, that it was hard to get into the head of a new character (like Aedion and Manon) enough to know what to think of them as characters and their personalities. I didn’t feel all that connected to them, like I did the characters from the previous books, because I feel like I don’t know them well enough. Although, Manon did scare me somewhat… but even that dissipated as the book went on because she changes too.
I love how fleshed out the scenery was (not that Maas has ever had a problem there!!). I felt like I could have been there, watching the events unfurl has they happened. I kind of wished it was real!
Can I also say, that ending?!? With the major fight, and the king and Dorian and I don’t even know what else, I don’t know how to feel anymore! I was left reeling in such a good way that I wish I could read it all over again like it was the first time!
I really enjoyed this book and I have already started reading the next one…but maybe I should have waited until Empire of Storms is released to catch up with this series… may have made more sense!! I gave this book 5/5 stars.