Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Source: Library Copy
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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?
Boy, this was really hard to rate.
I'm a BIG fan of this series, and this book was one of my highly anticipated reads for the year.
And it wasn't bad, it really wasn't...but it wasn't great, either.
I loved finding out more about Celaeana's past, I loved seeing her struggle to get control of her power. And I loved it when she finally did some pretty badass shit.
Everything I just mentioned happened in the last bit of the book.
The rest of the book, while interesting in parts, felt like a lot of semi-boring filler.
And it was loooooooooooooooooooooooooong. 565 PAGES LONG.
Rambling, rambling, rambling...Interesting!...rambling, rambling, rambling...Interesting!...and so on.
It's not like the entire book was a wash, because there were a lot of things I truly enjoyed about the story. I just think Maas' editor should have stepped in at some point, and called bullshit on at least 30% of the story. I can't even properly express how much this story dragged on and on, in my opinion.
Although, the vast majority of the reviews I read were nothing but squealy fangirling, so I feel like I'm in the minority here.
Maybe if I'd been prepared by a few not-so-glowing reviews, I wouldn't have been so disappointed?
The POV switches were another issue, and I'm still not quite sure how I feel about them.
On one hand, I thought Manon (one of the ironteeth witches) was an interesting and complex character, and I enjoyed reading about her.
On the other hand, because of all the new major characters that are introduced, it added to the draggy feeling of the overall plot.
First, you would hear about what Celaena and Rowan were doing. Then, just as something mildly interesting happens, you get switched over to Chaol. Chaol just didn't do it for me this time around. But just when I was well and truly tired of hearing about his inner struggles, you would get switched over to Dorian and Sorscha. Ok, not the most interesting plot point, but not the worst, either. There's not a huge amount of focus spent on those two, before you get switched to Aedion. Aedion is Celaena's cousin, and currently a general in the king of Adarlan's army. I would classify him as a tiny step up from Chaol on the Give-A-Shit meter. Then you go over to Manon, which I actually liked.
And now you finally get back to Celaena!
Wait. I can't remember was even happening when switched over. What the hell was she doing that I was excited about? Guuuuh.....
I guess I'd say that while I'm still a fan of the series, I won't be standing in line for the next book.
I have a feeling that while these book will grow in length, they aren't going to pick up the pace to accommodate for the extra pages.
I'm seeing 3 untitled books in this series listed, so I don't think the author is planning on wrapping up these books up anytime soon, either.
Again, I want to point out that only 2 or 3 reviewers felt the way I did, so feel free to take my review with a grain of salt.