God god , I finally got around to reading it and can’t wait to talk about about it ! Maas has been on my auto-buy list for so long but I held out longer before getting this one because I’m just wary after ACOWAR .
My rating: ★★★
Genre : Young Adult
Theme : Fantasy
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.
What I Think :
Idk..maybe I should have stayed away from this book ? Don’t get me wrong it wasn’t awful but it was just boring . But before I launch into why I didn’t enjoy it , I have to admit that I’ve never been a fan of Chaol . I read the series in a weird order and fell in love with Rowan before meeting Chaol , and then I started hating him in Queen of Shadows , so you know .
Now that I got that out , it was a bit hard to get into a book that was about a character I just didn’t like . But I tried to hook myself in because I wanted to love Chaol but lord it’s not happening .
The book occurs alongside the empire of storms , filling in all the questions about what Chaol did in the Southern Continent while Maas wrecked us with the events in Aelin’s life . We see Chaol go out and try to gather allies and also meets healers . While there , he meets a powerful healer Yrene , who hates Chaol and then falls for him ( that again ! )
Honestly , I felt like the whole book existed to get Chaol back on his feet and to create another love story . I wasn’t expecting a healing-love story when I bought this book and that was a huge disappointment . I know there’s some adventure with the murders but it just felt like a distraction from the love story .
So it just wasn’t fun to read this after having a emotional roller coaster with Empire of Storms . It might just be me , so you’ll have to read it yourself to know if you like it or not.
The best part of the book ?
I did finally forgive Chaol and I think he’s okay . And the book was nice but it didn’t work well for my expectations of the series as a whole .
What’s your biggest book disappointment ?