Top positive review
Jam packed of goodness
Reviewed in Australia on 7 February 2020
These books just get better and better with each book I read. When I first starting reading this series I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it as it didn’t seem something I was going to like, Celaena’s character just annoyed me. But I am so glad I stuck it through as I am so invested into these characters and the more that are introduced and the more they grow I just don’t want the series to end now that it is coming closer to its end.
After defeating Narrok and the Valg Princes’, saving Mistward in Heir of Fire, saving Rowan from Maeve, starting her our Court, giving a blood oath, Celaena/Aelin was back in Ardalan to try and keep her promise she made to Nehemia to free her people and save Eyllwe. But she never expected to find out that everything had fallen apart after she left. Her cousin Aedion was alive but due to be executed, no one knew where the Captain Chaol was, what had happened to the Prince Dorian, plus there were new uniform guards everywhere. People were being executed daily on the streets, She needed to do something and quick. Can she save Aedion? Can she get the Amulet of Orynth? Can she free magic and get Rowan to join her and bring Terrasen back to its glory?
Aelin Ashryver Galathynius continues to grow and flourish in this book. She is continually showing why she shouldn’t be underestimated. She is still the same person inside, she is still Celaena Sardothien but she has grown into her Fae-self, she has all the magnificent traits of both characters, she is fierce, arrogant, stubborn, brave, sassy, loyal, protective and dedicated.
This book is full of strong, tough heroines, don’t distinguishing between main and secondary they are alike. They are all supporting of each other. The first I would have to mention is Lysandra, we first meet Lysandra back in The Assassin’s Blade Novella and I was not a fan of her at all, I wanted Aelin to destroy her back then, but I am so glad that she never did and I would have missed out on so much of her awesomeness now. Lysandra has had it just as rough as Aelin and the two of them together are a force not to be messed with. I can’t wait to see what he’ll these two ladies unleash.
“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.”
Manon Blackbeak is back in this book and she is so freaking kicka**. Now in Morath and away from her Grandmothers watchful eye Manon is able to stand up for herself and the thirteen without constantly being berated by the Matron. She isn’t about obedience, discipline, and brutality anymore, she is questioning everything. I loved how she pretended not to care about Elide but deep down she did and what she did for her will be something that will be a massive tide changer in the war. But when Manon meets Dorian OMG!! Fireworks explode! Even with Valg Collar the connect isn’t enough to stop Dorian from being able to come out and talk with Manon.
“Hello, princeling,” she said, her voice bedroom-soft and full of glorious death.
“Hello, witchling,” he said.
A few extra mentions are for Asterin, Manon’s second, the hell she goes through. She and the rest of the thirteen are so strong and loyal and will stand by whatever decision Manon makes but only Asterin is willing to question her. Her story will make you cry and will probably want you jumping into to the book to kill a certain Blackbeak. But her story will be the final piece needed for Manon to finally allow herself to open up and be true to herself and her thirteen.
Kaltain Rompier comes back into the picture but this time she isn’t living it up in luxury, she is in a hellhole. All though her development and transformation that we got to witness was short it was awe inspiring, and she deserved respect. It’s a shame she wasn’t a character that we got to explore more. But definitely was a game changing role.
Elide Lochan, another strong willed female that will definitely be a character that will help in the future to bring Terrasen to its glory. Elide is another assumed lost cousin of Aelin, but has been locked away by her uncle Vernon. She has been treated horribly and cruelly by the one person that was supposed to protect and love her. She is assigned to the Wing Leader Manon Blackbeak’s quarters, but is soon under the thirteen’s protection when things seem to be going on in the mountains of Morath.
Now on to the men, there is lots of alpha male ego-ness, there is so many great male characters in this book that its so hard to discuss them but here we go.
Firstly, Chaol Westfall, the reunion between him and Aelin was absolute crap, I have not been liking the person Chaol has become the last 2 books and this book has well and truly made me not like him at all. In Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight I thought he was a fantastic male character. But in Heir of Fire and this one Queen of Shadows he just become to much of a self righteous, self absorbed, a**hole. The only redeeming quality he still has is his loyalty to Dorian, he will do whatever it takes to protect the Prince.
Dorian Havilliard, sweet, precious, innocent Dorian. He’s point of views had me in utter distress for him. The agony, pain, loneliness, torture he had endured was heart wrenching. He was so lost and he was accepting the cold, darkness that was surrounding him in this book. But with his big heart when a loved one is in danger he is able to break free from the monster from within him and the power that is released from him is so raw and true is awe. He is no longer going to kneel before others, he is changed forever and it’s going to so freaking good.
Aedion Ashryver, is a new favorite of mine. He is the male version of Aelin which makes him and her one explosive team. Even when he was days away of being executed by the King of Adarlan, Aedion was only concerned about Aelin and as worried that she would try to save him and get herself killed in the process. His unconditional loyalty, love, and respect for his Queen who was a mere child 10 years ago is what makes Aedion a character that is going to be swoon worthy. He had me tears with his sarcasm and his smiles *swoon... Don’t forget to mention his father, holy moly.... that is a whole other matter.
Rowan Whitethorn, is MINE! Just putting it out there, I’ve licked him lol. I enjoy everything about him. His devotion, loyalty, wisdom, alpha-male intensity, territorial and most of all his rare moments of emotions he allows to be seen. I’m so glad that he followed Lorcan to Adarlan cause I was not happy when he was left behind in Wendlyn. Him and Aelin together are perfect together, they are each side of a coin, they balance each other out and don’t take crap from each other. I do hope there is more to them then just them being carrana, I think they are true mates.
“You make me want to live, too, Aelin Galathynius,” he said. “Not exist—but live.” He cupped her cheek, and took a steadying breath—as if he’d thought about every word these past three days, over and over again. “I spent centuries wandering the world, from empires to kingdoms to wastelands, never settling, never stopping—not for one moment. I was always looking toward the horizon, always wondering what waited across the next ocean, over the next mountain. But I think … I think that whole time, all those centuries, I was just looking for you.”
Also a mention to Lorcan, he seems to be a bit of an a**hole, but I do understand in his own twisted way that he is trying to do the right thing, just going about it the wrong way. I have a feeling we are going to see a lot more of him and I do hope he comes to his senses and becomes a part of Aelin’s court and leaves the wicked Maeve behind.
This book just had so much to be praised about, the storyline was addictive, and intriguing, the bonds and connections between characters new and old was fantastic. I can’t wait to see how each and everyone grow and I can’t wait to see what hell is about to be rained on Adarlan.