Series: Throne of Glass #4
on September 1st 2015
Number of Pages: 648
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
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.
I swear this is one of those series where every book just feels so much better than the last one. And the last ones weren’t bad books!
I totally wanted to hit Chaol over the head with a heavy and hard object again for a good bit of this book. But, Manon! And Lysandra! And of course Rowan, Aedion and Aelin herself.
When I saw the size of this book I was both happy and a bit scared. Would it live up to the other books? Was it too long? What all could you fit into 650 pages?! And then of course I got to the end and was all, “that’s it? There has to be more here I don’t want to wait for the next book!”
I’ve seen a lot of people up in arms about Chaol and Aelin. I get it, I do. I wanted those two to end up together ever since the first book. And as much as he made me want to smack him, it also was a believable response. Considering that he was still having issues with her Fae heritage. And the magic. And then he finds out she’s really a Queen? Not only that, but all the crap he went through after he sent her away. And his guilt over having to leave Dorian behind.
So while I don’t like the way he acted, and the things he said, I understand it. That said, it took him a lot longer than I was hoping for, for him to get his head out of his ass.
I loved the dynamics between Rowan and Aedion. And I liked the way their friendship evolved, how Rowan called Aedion his brother and how Aedion was wiling to protect Rowan from the Valg.
I also really loved Lysandra in this. She’s grown a ton as a character, and I liked the twist about her heritage. It also amused me to no end, that when Aedion told her to never do that specific thing, she of course did it multiple times. I hope we get to see a lot more of her as well as Evangeline in the next book.
And Manon! It’s looking more and more like my wish from the last book may come true. I like her so much, I don’t want to see her fighting against Aelin and the rest. At the moment, she hasn’t switched sides. But a girl can dream, right? We also learned more about Asterin in this book. I was so sad for her!
I’m sure I’m forgetting things already that I loved, there was so much going on in the book. But it never felt like there was TOO much, you know? Everything felt relevant and nothing made me want to skim past to a better section. If you haven’t started this series yet you need to, and if you HAVE read the other books, you need to read this one as well.