Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
Publication Date: September 1st 2015
4 OUT OF 5 STARS
“She was a whirling cloud of death, a queen of shadows, and these men were already carrion.”
Celaena Sardothien is ready to shed her old identity and become who she was always meant to be. She’s going to return to Rifthold and put an end to the King of Ardalan once and for all. She must save her cousin while working with the ex-captain of the guard and her ex-lover. What she didn’t plan on was for the prince to be her enemy, his body inhabited by a dark force with no signs of her friend beyond.
This book feels very much like it’s building up towards something huge and then the end is too quick and clean. Things do go wrong for Celaena, but nothing ever goes so wrong that she can’t just sweep it away. At least nothing since she lost Sam.
Manon’s story line is the real gem, just like it was during Heir of Fire. She’d really developing and changing as a character and her relationship with her thirteen and newly introduced Elide are wonderfully written. Manon is complex and powerful, and a hero without being entirely good. The same could be said for Celaena, but other than her own occasional self-pity her actions are never seen as selfish.
That’s not to say Celaena hasn’t changed. She’d definitely come quite far from the volatile character in the first novel. She’s still a little too much though. She’s beautiful, incredibly powerful, incredibly intelligent, essentially good, and while I have no problem with characters being that way they should at least have something terrible happen to them. We know Celaena’s past is terrible but throughout the main series she rarely loses anything. There were such high stakes and then everything goes…pretty fine.
Also I got a little sick midway through reading her every action as being feline.
Lyssandra is a brilliant new character and a personal favourite. Her little twist is something I honestly didn’t expect. She’s sympathetic, and powerful without seeming as unrelatable as I feel Celaena to be.
It was a good read, and these are all mostly minor issues. It set up fantastically for the next book in the series. It’s laced with anticipation for huge events to come.