In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
I was not looking forward to this book as much as the previous books, even though Chaol is one of my favorite people in the Throne of Glass series. But I just couldn’t see how an entire book about him and Nesryn could be entertaining. But she done it again and sucked me into the world and I liked the book so much more than I thought I would. I will make this review short ( I know I say that every time) but there is really not much to say without spoiling anything . Maas really tried to make us dislike Chaol more and more in the previous books but she made up for it in this one. While not all his behavior is excused we get a better understanding off him and his past. Much of the book we see the broken and dark and broody Chaol but we follow him as he recovers , not only his body but his soul. Finally we get to see a much lighter, relaxes and happier Chaol. The one we first met in book one . Nesryn, I must admit I was never a huge fan of her. I just never saw a why she is there, she came out of nowhere and basically was just a filler for Chaol. I started to like her or just be okay with her, but I must say , reading this book I noticed that I really didn’t care about her. It is not that I didn’t like her because I do, sort of and she is a great character for the most part. But overall I really could care less about her. What I do like about her though is her family and friends values, that she is loyal and that is a big part. Other than that I had a hard time staying focused reading her parts just because I’m just not a huge Nesryn fan. We shall see what happens in the next and final book. We also meet some new characters and tribes, some of them have bigger part than others but I think in the end they will all be equals. At least I hope. I did like the kingdom and its people but some things just seemed off. I did however like Yrene, she sort if reminded me of Aelin when we first meet her as Celaena in a Throne of Glass . As most of the female character that Sarah J Mass creates, she is strong and powerful and can hold her own , I liked the whole self-defense class storyline. While I have not read The Assassin's Blade yet ( I do own it) I still figured certain things out. Sartaq, was another character I could have cared less about, I liked him, he was funny , charming and has some fighting skill besides riding a giant chickens but overall I don’t really see the point other than gaining more allies and more people for the upcoming battle. Overall, like I said I liked the book more than I thought I would, we learn a lot more about Maeve and about the Vlag. I think we get a general idea how huge this battle will be when it happens. All major players and some are now lined up ready to take on this major enemy. We get plenty of action but also some down time and romance and humor. I rate this book 4★ just because I was not a huge Nesryn fan and some things seemed like fillers more than anything. I cannot wait for the next and sadly last book in the series to see how it all ends. 4 ★
Some of my favorite quotes
“I will cherish it always. No matter what may befall the world. No matter the oceans, or mountains, or forests in the way.”
“Don’t you waste one heartbeat being afraid of a coward who hunts women in the darkness,” Chaol snapped at her.”
“Aelin would have been beside herself with glee.” *** “It was agony and despair and fear. It was joy and laughter and rest. It was life, all of it...”
“This will be the great war of our time,” Kashin said quietly. “When we are dead, when even our grandchildren’s grandchildren are dead, they will still be talking about this war. They will whisper of it around fires, sing of it in the great halls. Who lived and died, who fought and who cowered.”
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.