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Blogmas Book Review – Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
The Final Battle is here.
Aelin Galathynius has vowed to save her people-but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. The knowledge that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, but her resolve is unraveling with each passing day…
With Aelin captured, friends and allies are scattered to different fates. Some bonds will grow even deeper, while others will be severed forever. As destinies weave together, at last, all must fight is Erilea is to have any hope of salvation.
Years in the making, Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series draws to an explosive conclusion as Aelin fights to save herself-and the promise of a better world.
Review:

If you’re looking for a series to completely and utterly destroy your soul, look no further. This conclusion to the Throne of Glass series was one of the most emotional rollercoasters I’ve ever ridden. This 900+ page BRICK had me laughing, crying, yelling, whirling through all of the emotions ever. I honestly am not even sure how I’m going to write this review. I think I’m just going to keep it short and to the point. There were things I liked, things I loved and things I didn’t like.

Things I liked:

The alternating perspectives. I liked getting to see everything that was happening all over the world. All of the pieces we’d seen put in motion were coming together little by little and it was great. I’m a huge fan of having multiple perspectives in fantasy stories. While many thought it was too many perspectives, I liked it. I liked following the story from all the different characters I’ve come to love so much.

The pacing. I think the story was paced in a realistic way. All too often crazy things happen in stories and somehow it all takes place in one day or week. Months have gone by since the ending of Empire of Storms/ Tower of Dawn and many more go by before the ending of the book. I liked this because it’s realistic and makes sense. It takes time for armies to move across oceans and continents. Wars aren’t won or lost overnight.

Things I loved:

Aelin, the whole time. She was strong when she needed to stay strong and she broke down when it was (mostly) a good time for her to lose her shit. And yes, it was absolutely heartbreaking seeing her lose her shit in the way that she did. I loved that she was suffering from PTSD and sorting through her emotions and mostly just kind of trying to keep her shit together. This was realistic and it’s (thankfully) becoming more common to talk about and show the characters dealing with their trauma instead of just suddenly being okay again. Aelin has grown so much throughout this series. It was interesting seeing her (mostly) fully developed character making the tough decisions, doing what’s best not for herself but for her kingdom.

Fenrys. I loved getting to know him further. I adored his relationship with Aelin. They supported one another through their own versions of the same trauma. We see him go through some really hard shit at the same time that Aelin is going through her own really hard shit, but they do their best to support one another through it in whatever way they can. They also support each other after they’ve escaped because they know what happened and don’t need to talk about it to support the other.

Rowan was another character that I love. It was almost just as hard to see him dealing with losing Aelin than it was to see Aelin going through what Maeve did to her. After they find one another again I liked that he didn’t push her. He knows she’s been through something unimaginable and he gives her space to process but makes sure she knows that he’s here when she’s ready.

Dorian was an actual savage. He’s changed probably the most in these books. He was a (mostly) carefree Prince that slept with girls and did whatever he wanted to in the first book and now he’s a King with the weight of the world on his shoulders. He really goes above and beyond to do his part in this book. I’m happy we got so many Dorian chapters. There were definitely a few places that had me yelling at him. (Or texting The Bookish Chick saying shit like, “EW DORIAN,” and “OH SHIT DORIAN. SLICK AF.”) But I loved Dorian the most in this final book.

Things I didn’t like:

Okay, I’m going to try to be intentionally super vague because I don’t want to give too much away about specific events. There were several characters that cared for another in previous books and still love them, but due to one action or choice made by the one, they love there is conflict. There is more than one character that tells their love interest that they’ve done something unforgivable, ending their fledgling relationship. This happened with more than one couple. Various characters are harsh and mean, sometimes too harsh in my opinion, to their love interest until said love interest finds themselves in serious danger. Suddenly the characters realize that the unforgivable action might actually be forgivable because they actually do still love their love interest. I hope this makes sense. It likely will to those that have already finished reading Kingdom of Ash, but I’m sorry if it’s confusing. I didn’t like this because it seemed like a cop-out. the character that did something wrong didn’t earn trust back, they did nothing to deserve forgiveness. It was a fast way to have some resolution before the big climax before the end of the book.

I also am very very sad to say that I didn’t like Aedion in this final book. He was mostly an asshole until close to the end of the story and I didn’t like his chapters. I liked him a little bit by the end, but only because of his actions during the war. Honestly, I’m super salty that I didn’t like him so I don’t even want to talk about it anymore.

The really really heartbreaking parts. They were horrible. I can understand some heartbreak that has a point. Like, sure destroy me, but do it with a purpose. The heartbreak that occurred in this book I feel was weak. I’m not sure how to explain why without spoilers so I’m not going to. I’m just going to say that I think what Sarah did to us was NOT needed and could have been avoided.

Finally, I didn’t like the very end. Again, I’m going to be vague so I don’t give too much away. There wasn’t anything wrong with the ending perse. I just would have preferred an epilogue with a ‘ten years later’ kind of idea. I want to know where our characters end up instead of the ending we were left with. It was an okay ending, left us with a sense of everyone getting ready to heal themselves and rebuild the world, but I’m a girl that wants a ‘ten years later’ blurb.

So overall, I loved this book. As I mentioned above, it a 900+ page BRICK and I somehow read it in TWO DAYS. I FLEW through the story. I just couldn’t get enough. Because I put off reading this conclusion for a month when I finally decided I was ready for Sarah to destroy my soul I just couldn’t stop reading until I was completely deceased. Part of me is really glad this series is finally over, so these characters can come to a close but also so Sarah can write other things and destroy us in other ways. But I’m sad because my journey with these characters that I’ve become so invested in and grew to love so much (even the ones I didn’t love) is really actually finally coming to an end.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda

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Blogmas Book Review – Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erelia’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.
After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Irene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Ararlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need-and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Irene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.
In the sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Irene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of the mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary runs, long awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival-or doom them all…
Review:
Once again, Sarah J. Maas has completely blown me away. As I’ve mentioned in my previous reviews, I am rereading this series because the final book, Kingdom of Ash has recently been released and once a series is complete I really like to read the whole series over so I’m not forgetting any details. I’m super glad I chose to do this because there were SO many things that surprised me in Tower of Dawn that I had completely forgotten about. Like HUGE details and plot twists that I didn’t remember in the least.

“I stood on the the wrong side of the line for too damn long, and it cost me everything.”

So, I loved this book. It honestly makes me sad that there are so many negative opinions about this book because I really just loved it so much. I understand that Chaol is not the most well loved character in this series, but I still love him. He may have not reacted to some things with Aelin in the best ways, but he’s only human and people make mistakes. This book had so much character development for Chaol. He really started to realize that he’s kind of been a jackass and maybe he should have done things a little differently. He is still always trying to be the honorable Chaol that we knew in the first book, but doesn’t always succeed. I think that was the only thing I didn’t like about this book. He made promised to Nesryn and didn’t follow through with them and I didn’t care for that.

“And I am as much of a man in that chair, or with that cane, as I am standing on my feet.”

Nesryn was excellent in Tower of Dawn. I adored getting to see her with her relatives. It was clear how happy she was to be in Antica. I loved seeing her get to know and experience all of the things that are different from the life she’s used to, especially her adventures with Sartaq. I’m very interested to see where her story ends up at the end of this series.

“You must enter where you fear to tread.”

There were so many new things introduced in this book. It takes place on the Southern Continent, Antica. So we’re reading about a completely new place with a host of new faces. I loved Antica. Its traditions and customs are so different from life in the North so it was really interesting to learn about how life on the Southern Continent works and how life came to be that way. Antica is rich with history and I really loved the stories of how the khaganate became what it is today.

“But I also told him that the woman I love now plans to head into war. And I intend to follow her.”

Along with this new place were the new faces. First, Irene Towers (only sort of a new face) I was super excited to see her story mix with the characters we already knew. I am so satisfied with where Yrene was at the end of Tower of Dawn. I really couldn’t think of a better way for her story to end. I also cannot wait to see what’s going to happen with her in Kingdom of Ash.

“For wherever you need to go-and then some. The world needs more healers.”

The royal family was an interesting one. I don’t know how much I liked them because I love close knit families and I wouldn’t qualify them as one. Because of the way that succession works, it really doesn’t allow for the siblings to be close to one another. Don’t get me wrong, its clear that they love one another, just maybe not in the most traditional way. Again, I’m interested to see these characters interact with the characters we love that were absent from this story. I think the siblings each played an interesting part in this story, some more than others, and I’m still not totally sure if I liked them or not.

“Nothing valuable comes without a cost, boy.”

The story itself was great, full of character development. The characters learned much about themselves but they also learned much about the impending fight. The plot twists were super crazy. We learned some really important things and I’m amazed that I didn’t pick up the final book and stay up all night reading it. I don’t want to say anything else for fear of spoilers, but some of the things we learned had my jaw dropping even though I’ve read Tower of Dawn before. So, to those haters of Chaol, this book is still important to the series and you might just find yourself liking him by the last pages, so give it a try.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Book Review – Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
Kingdoms will collide.
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost as gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at off with those who don’t.
With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she’s determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protects those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
In the breathtaking fifth installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, Aelin will have to choose what-and who-to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.
Review:
Way to rip my heart out of my chest Sarah J. Maas. As I’ve mentioned in my reviews of the previous books in this series, this is a reread for me. I’m reading the whole series again because apparently, I like the emotional pain that Maas puts us through. Check out my review for the last book, Queen of Shadows, HERE.
This book is killer and part of me just wants to skip rereading Tower of Dawn so I can finally get to Kingdom of Ash. The way Empire of Storms ended really just broke my heart, talk about a freaking plot twist.
I think my favorite part of this book was definitely getting to see the characters really develop their relationships with one another. There’s not so much development on themselves, but on their interactions with one another.

“She was not a rebel princess, shattering enemy castles and killing kings. She was a force of nature. She was a calamity and a commander of immortal warriors of legend.”

Aelin and Rowan went so much further into the seriousness of their relationship. I still adore both of the characters. Aelin is really filling in the role of Queen. She always has plans going on, even if she’s the only one that knows that plan. We get to know a bit more about Rowan in this story. But overall we see them develop more as one, together.

“Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will love you.”

Aedion is still excellent. I really liked seeing him come to terms with certain things and find his proper place in Aelin’s court. I loved watching his friendship grow with Lysandra. I love that they’re both sassy and seeing that sass collide was always great. I enjoyed watching Lysandra grow and figure out who she is and her confidence in herself was excellent.

“Princess Lysandra Ashryver sounds nice, doesn’t it?”

I’m happy that Dorian played a bigger part in this book, but I feel like he was still mostly in the background. Though he was trying to learn about himself and his abilities and he definitely was spending time trying to figure out who he was now that he had this new role to fill. His interactions with Manon were my absolute favorite.

“It’s not such a hard thing, is it-to die for your friends.”

Manon definitely changed the most in these pages. Her whole world changed and she did her best to just go along with it, though she did cause a fair bit of that change. I loved her and Dorian talking because Dorian really comes out of his shell and seems like his old self. Manon challenges him in ways that I love. I also absolutely adore her relationship with Abraxsos. He’s the cutest but also pretty scary. I love the changes he’s sort of inspired in Manon.

“You and me,” she promised him. “From now until the Darkness claims us.”

I really really loved Elide in this book. She shows us her claws. She doesn’t take shit from anyone. She has a backbone and isn’t afraid to show it, even to those who she really just has no chance against fighting. She finds herself in some not so great situations but manages to get out of them. She shows that she’s loyal and honorable until the very end.

“I have no lands, no money, no army to offer Aelin Galathynius. But I will find her-and help her in whatever way I can.”

I really liked Empire of Storms even though it shattered my heart into a million pieces. So far, Queen of Shadows is still my favorite, but Empire of Storms finally answered so many of the questions that have been building up throughout the first four books. We got to meet lots of great side characters as well as seeing some old friends that we weren’t expecting. I loved that I was surprised again while reading this. I remembered the big twists but there were still things that I’d forgotten. I can’t wait to finally read the final book to see how this wonderful world is brought to an end.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
Review:
I am currently experiencing ALL THE FEELS. Queen of Shadows might actually be my favorite out of all of these books because there’s just so much love within the pages. I don’t know how Maas does it, usually the sequels are okay or alright, but the further this series goes the better it gets.
Queen of Shadows was full of drama and friendships and forgiveness and I loved every page. There were so many new characters that made new friends and mended fences with old friends or enemies. The character development was excellent so was the storyline and the pace of the story. We get to see so many of the things we learned about in the first three books finally come together. The start of the many different pieces falling into place.
I loved getting to learn and explore more of this world. We learn more about the traditions of Terrasan. I liked learning more about the world that Aelin was meant to rule.

“Stones were eternal–flowers were not.”

The characters were absolutely my favorite part. I love seeing Aelin really develop into a leader and the Queen she is meant to be. I love seeing her mend fences with others she previously swore to kill. I definitely died a little seeing her reunite with Aedion. She’s grown so much in the last few books and I don’t even want to be writing this I just want to read the next book.

“She was fire, and light, and ash, and embers. She was Aelin Fireheart, and she bowed for no one and nothing, save the crown that was hers by blood and survival and triumph.”

Rowan, sigh. I just really adore him. That’s all.

“You make me want to live, too, Aelin Galathynius,” he said. “Not exist–but live.”

Chaol really comes a long way. He forgives Aelin for a lot of things. He tries not to hold the whole world on his shoulders like he always did in the past. (He mostly fails, but he tries.) I like seeing his relationship with another rebel grow despite his subconscious attempts to sabotage it.

“Let’s go rattle the stars.”

Oh, Dorian. Dorian’s chapters were honestly so hard for me to read. Poor poor Dorian. I don’t want to say too much, but he really gets the shit end of all of the sticks.

“They were infinite. They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity.”

Kaltain is another that didn’t deserve what she got. But she proved that she was stronger than anyone knew. She bided her time before ruining lives and taking her own revenge. I loved her, even though I wish her story ended differently.

“She’s forgotten the name she’s been given, but it made no difference. She had only one name now: Death, devourer of worlds.”

Manon is the one that has the most growth. She’s growing and maybe even has a heart. I love reading her chapters because she really has changed so much and I’m so proud of her. I think some of my favorite parts of this book were seeing her interact with the other characters, especially Dorian. Any time she and Aelin met there was chaos and excitement and I loved it so much.

“I loved her in a way I cannot describe–other than to tell you it was the most powerful thing I’ve ever felt, greater than rage, than lust, than magic.”

Elide was another new character that I really just adored. She was broken and seemingly frail but proved in every page that she was exactly the opposite. She was strong and brave and willing to do whatever it took to gain her freedom and returned to her queen.

“Blue,” she whispered. “My blood runs blue.”

Lysandra yaaaas. She’s fierce and sassy and loyal and all the good things. She’s such a good friend. She proves herself over and over again. I loved her attitude and bravery and I can’t believe I’m still writing this and haven’t started the next book yet.

“Please,” Lysandra said, waving a manicured hand, “you and I are nothing but wild beasts wearing human skins. Don’t even try to deny it.”

This has been my favorite book out of all of them, but there are still three more books so, I guess we will see. I’m going to go read the next book and probably die inside now.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
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 not only to 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 third book in the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series.
Review:
There was so much to this story. The chapters alternate between a few different characters that are critical to the story. Now that these characters are spread out all over the world, each playing their own important part of the story, we get to follow each of them instead of just Celaena. I really am a fan of multiple perspective books as long as they’re done in the right way. Heir of Fire does it the right way. Right as things are getting exciting or intense for one character we get a cool down period and check on another. I just like this up and down of the story. I also like the idea that all of this is happening at the same time, so we get to know everything. I was really happy to get to see more of this world with the varying perspectives and the traveling characters. Maas has built an incredible and complex world.
My lovely wonderful Celaena. She’s just as crazy as ever. She’s finally doing the right thing, even if it’s only to keep a promise she made to Nehmia. I’ve noticed that she tends to avoid her problems until she just can’t avoid them anymore. This was interesting because she does her best to avoid things until the last minute and then at the last minute she comes up with a plan so insane it just might work. I also noticed in this book that she is just so desperate for a friend, for someone to love her. I think this is because that she has had her family taken from her, been betrayed by so many that she thought cared for her. I feel back for her, but it was actually a little annoying once I realized this. She dated TWO of our main characters in the first book. Continued dating one in the second before turning on him and ruining that. And now this new character (who I’m totally here for and it my absolute fav.) I definitely think she developed so much in this book. She’s finally accepted who she is and the responsibilities that includes. I’m proud of her for stepping up to the plate instead of running again.

“She would not let that light go out. She would fill the world with it, with her light-her gift. She would light up the darkness, so brightly that all who were lost or wounded or broken would find their way to it, a beacon for those who still dwelled in that abyss. It would not take a monster to destroy a mother-but light, light to drive out the darkness.”

Rowan. The ultimate book boyfriend. But only at the end of the book. As this was a reread for me, I didn’t realize how much I had forgotten. What I mean by this is how I forgot just how vicious and aggressive he was toward Celaena at first. I think this is due to the world he lives in. Maeve’s fae are just that. They’re trained to be vicious and lethal. I really enjoyed watching his relationship with Celaena change as they both decided to open up and become friends.

“For a long moment, he said nothing. But his brows narrowed slightly. “To whatever end?””

Chaol, oh Chaol. He’s still just a really good dude. He fights the good fight for Celaena since he sent her away. He does what he can to help her and her mission even though he’s still undecided about who he’s really fighting for and what side he’s going to end up on. This next quote is one I think perfectly sums up Chaol.

“”Damn,” the general said, then shook his head. “I didn’t think that kind of honor still existed in Adarlan.””

Dorian really gets the shit end of the stick in this series. He keeps losing girl after girl, all because he’s the Crown Prince. You would think that would give him an advantage, but it doesn’t. He has a really hard time throughout this book, but toward the end finally had a handle on his problems and has found a girl that accepts him for who he is, problems, crown, and all.

“When Dorian had spoken, it hadn’t been a prince who looked at him. It had been a king.”

Aedion is super smart and clever. He has been deceiving the king for years and really just impressed me. His loyalty to Aelin is unlike any other. I honestly feel bad for the surprise that he gets in the next book. I love his dedication and determination to do what he can to get Aelin supporters.

“Cousin-that had been his most beloved title. Cousin, kin, protector. Those were the secret names he harbored deep within, the names he whispered to himself when the northern wind was shrieking through the Staghorns.”

Manon. I literally wrote “MANON SLAAAY.” in my notes for this book. I loved her. Even though she’s kind of psychotic and might actually be a serial killer. I’m totally here for it. She is totally HBIC (head bitch in charge) even if she technically isn’t. She takes no shit from anyone other than her grandmother (who is actually HBIC). She makes sure that everyone knows their place. She just really doesn’t fuck around, she will absolutely claw your frigging eyes out. Her relationship with her wyvern is probably my favorite part of this book. She ends up picking Abraxos, a former bait beast that shows he’s a survivor. The extreme opposites that they are, make for some excellent entertainment. Claw your eyes out, eat your children Manon picks bait beast Abraxos who literally rolled around on the ground sniffing and playing with flowers instead of hunting. It was excellent and I loved it.

“Abraxos continued to lie in the sun, vain and indulgent as a cat, “Warrior heart indeed.””

Overall, I loved this book. The further into this series I get the more involved it is. There is SO much to this plot and to these characters. If you’re going to read these books prepare yourself to get complete invested and have your soul thoroughly punched. I really loved getting to explore this world further. It’s created to intricately and in enough detail to allow the reader to see what’s going on but not so much detail that it bogs the story down. I absolutely adore these characters and though they’ve been beaten down and seemingly defeated I’m so excited to see where the next book goes. (Though I already know because I’ve read them all but the final book.)

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King’s Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance-not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captian of the Guard; not even her best friend Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then, one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is willing to fight for.
Review:
I always forget how much I really enjoy these books until I’m toward the end of each one. Each book begins with so much build up and drama that when the base drops (plot twists) it’s mind-blowing and heartbreaking but you just beg for more with the next book. This is a reread for me, of the series before I get to the conclusion, Kingdom of Ash (that finally came in the mail!) check out my review for the last book here.
The plot twists in this book were excellent. While I knew they were coming because this was a reread for me I still remember the first time I read the series and how utterly shocked I was to learn certain things revealed to us in Crown of Midnight. The plot twists still totally hit me in the feels like a punch in the stomach. I just really enjoyed this book. It’s not my favorite of the series, but I definitely liked it more than Throne of Glass. There is action and drama and romance and betrayal. Really it’s everything you could ever want.

Celaena is still kick ass. Doesn’t take anything from anyone. She’s a very independent individual. She definitely lets the readers see that she has a heart more and more. She does things that could get her killed because not doing them would weigh on her conscience. She has a short fuse when it comes to her temper and it kind of hurts her more than anything. She doesn’t sit around to listen to the whole story. She just gets pissed and goes off in a rage. I love her though. She’s doing so much in this book and I’m so excited for all the things she’ll do in the next one.

“She had a flicker of a memory from a time when, just for a moment, she’d been free; when the world has been wide open and she’s been about to enter it with Sam at her side. It was a freedom that she was still working for because even though she’d tasted it for only a heartbeat, it had been the most exquisite heartbeat she’d ever experienced.”

Dorian honestly just annoyed me the first half of this book. Jealous Dorian is super annoying. I was glad when he finally decided to move on. I liked that Dorian got his own side story as well. He has his own struggles that sort of meet up at the end. But he’s alone in this struggle. I like that he bad Celaena become friends again because they need one another.

“Dorian nodded, looking at her with kindness she couldn’t stand. “Then you will always have a place here.”

Chaol is just as honorable as ever. Always with his duty to the king and the crown. Always doing his job, loyalty and all that. Chaol has a few moments that just show his humanity, that he’s vulnerable. I really liked this because with everything going on with everyone else it was nice to see just how human Chaol is.

“He took a step toward her, but she held her ground. “Believe me Celaena,” he snarled, his eyes flashing, “I know you can look after yourself. But I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful because I will always care what happens.”

Nehemia is still one of my favorite characters. Thought I wish she had put more trust in Celaena and told her more of the story. I understand why she didn’t because it probably would have backfired but still. I loved her. She was a great friend to Celaena when she wasn’t hiding things.

“I promise,” she whispered again. “On my name, on my life, even if it takes until my last breath, I promise I will see Eyllwe freed.”

Mort is one of my absolute favorite parts of this story. He should totally get a little novella – the life and creation of Mort.
Overall the story really heated up in this book. Filled with betrayal and murder, love and romance, action and adventure – and of course a quest. I love all the characters. Even the ones I didn’t like. I’m going to stop writing now because I’m dying to start Heir of Fire.

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Summary:
In a world without magic, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the vicious king who rules from his throne of glass but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she will be released from prison to serve s the King’s Champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien.
The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captian of the Guard will protect her. And a princess from a faraway land will befriend her. But something evil dwells in the castle-it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival-and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.
Review:
Laying in bed, trying to gather my thoughts and form them into words, sentences, opinions about this story – I don’t want to tell you how much I loved this book, I just want to continue on with the series and pick up the second book. After (FINALLY) getting around to reading The Assassin’s Blade – reviewed here – I couldn’t help myself but pick up Throne of Glass for the third (fourth?) time and reread the whole series in anticipation of the final book’s release.
Kingdom of Ash is being released today (today – the day I wrote this review, not the day the review posted.) But I likely won’t get my preordered copy until Thursday (the 25th). So what better way to get hyped for this 900+ page conclusion then to reread the first seven books in the series.

“Libraries were full of ideas-perhaps the most dangerous and powerful of all weapons.”

So because this is a reread, but a new review, I’m going to try to mostly write it like a new review. Let’s start with the characters.
Celaena Sardothien; kick-ass, sassy af, a girl that could kill you a hundred different ways before you even knew what hit you. But she’s a multifaceted kind of girl. She loves her some pretty underthings and fancy dresses. She is easily excited by a bag full of candy the morning of Yulemas. She’s been through so much but is still able to be happy about the little things. It’s so pure. She’s also loyal to the death. She has a soft side that she doesn’t want to admit that she has, but it pushes her to do the right thing even when it may not be the easy thing. Also, she spends SO much of her time in this book reading. What bookworm doesn’t like to read about another bookworm?

“Elena took a step toward her. “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if only you dared. And deep down, you know it too. That’s what scares you more.””

Chaol Westfall; All the best friend feels. I don’t ship him and Celaena (mostly because I already know who she ends up with later on) but also because they’re great friends. They have excellent banter that is hilarious and so entertaining. And I don’t want to see that ruined by things getting weird and lovey. Chaol is a stand-up guy. Loyal to his friends and other loved ones. Will sacrifice anything for those he feels deserve it. Loves with his whole heart. Duty over everything, he really tries to play by the rules. He may not be totally okay with the status quo, but what can he do about it? I’m excited to read his backstory (again) because we only got a few bits and pieces in Throne of Glass.

“What’s the point in having a mind if you don’t use it to make judgments? What’s the point in having a heart if you don’t use it to spare others the harsh judgments of your mind?”

Dorian Havilliard; Our lovely crown prince. I’m trying to stay impartial here with the things I already know happen in the future. But I really just, ugh. Dorian is a fun loving prince that craves adventure and chaos. He wants to do better for his kingdom than what his father is doing but also knows better than to push his father too far. It was interesting to see him press those boundaries. His relationship with Celaena was one of those pushes. He befriended her and spent more time than was proper with her ensuring the jealousy of other girls. Dorian is a little naive (thesaurus this). He wants the best, but I don’t think he really understands the seriousness of a lot of things going on around him.

“We all bear scars, Dorian. Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”

Nehemiah; She’s probably my favorite character of all. Intelligent and mischievous. She fools everyone around her into thinking she’s something she isn’t. She becomes a good friend to Celaena which I loved. I love the relationship between these two girls. I think they make the best of friends.
The King & Duke Perrington; I hate them both. They’re excellent villains. I love to hate them because they’re so clearly awful. They care for nothing but their own agendas time and time again.
Kaltain; Celaena said it perfectly the first time she met Kaltain. Why do girls have to be so desperate for the attention of men that they feel the need to betray other females? This is so true and something so relevant even in today’s world. Us females should be sticking together, not fighting one another.
As for the story itself, I loved every page. While it wasn’t an overly complex book to read there was definitely a lot to the plot and story. With a few different things going on all at once (this gets even worse in the later books) it was interesting to see them all unfold together. I like the creativity of making this assassin a hero of sorts. The story wasn’t boring or too slow or rushed. It was paced nicely, giving us information when and as we needed it. I’m excited to see things speed up just a little bit in the next books.
The last thing I want to mention is the writing. While I did say that it wasn’t overly complicated it is beautiful. There are tons and tons of imagery that I could picture easily and well. For example, when Celaena meets the king, “It was a voice she had heard before, deep and raspy. It made her bones crack and splinter, made her feel the astonishing cold of a winter long since last.” I feel as if I could experience what she’s feeling in this moment. It’s all just written so well.
As a whole, I loved this book. Not a huge surprise with the excellent characters we were given and the interesting, in-depth, chaotic story that the characters go through in these pages. Maas really knows how to give us some characters that we can’t get enough of. Go read these now!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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