At the beginning of this year, I started off my reading with Throne of Glass… as the year progressed a little I finished books 2-4 consecutively with no regrets. I was going to do a review of each, but then I realized I cannot talk about one without talking about the others.
So here we are… with a super spoiler filled discussion of books 2-4 of the Throne of Glass series.
Let’s start off with Crown of Midnight
“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
Rating: 5 Stars
Everything that was lacking in TOG was completely forgotten in Crown of Midnight. In this book we get some true Celaena assassin badassery. Plus a finally approved ship to route for. Although in retrospect the fact that I said in my original review that both Celaenas og romances felt a bit far fetched and kinda wrong for Celaena was right, but I can’t help but admit that I really enjoyed Choal and Celaena coming together in this book. (Man do things change later, but it was good while it lasted).
In this book we learn about just how bad the king truly is and every time he set Celaena out to kill it filled my head with dread. However the fact that she kept faking people’s deaths and hiding info from everyone gave me hope. However, I want to also mention that a certain “friend” that Celaena is sent out to kill is a complete and utter idiot and and a-hole. When Celaena did eventually kill him I was glad, but the fact that Choal didn’t understand it or really even want her because of it made me so angry. I was glad when she is told to leave.
Also I have to mention Fleetfoot the dog here. I live for the fact that Celaena has a pet! It’s a wonderful addition and their moments together made me so happy!
Heir of Fire
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
The bestselling series that has captured readers all over the world reaches new heights in this sequel to the New York Times best-selling Crown of Midnight. Packed with heart-pounding action, fierce new characters, and swoon-worthy romance, this third book will enthrall readers from start to finish.
Rating: 4 Stars
You see this is where things really start melding together for me. I felt that this book was better then TOG but not as good as Crown of Midnight, but I can’t even remember why? The feeling of Crown of Midnight is very different from the other two books and I think it’s more of a transitional book then any of the others.
In this book Caelena is Caelena no longer. She is Aelin. The fact that this book is where Caelena takes on the arduous task of getting over her mental state and claiming herself made the reading of it feel without hope and it made me wish I could speak with her and give her guidance (not that she would listen).
I will say that I was so excited for Rowan to appear. There wasn’t that much romance sparking in this book because it was very focused on getting Aelin to be stronger and become capable with her powers, but I loved Rowan from the moment he came into the picture. He is absolutely incredible.
Queen of Shadows
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.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series continues Celaena’s epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
Rating: 5 Stars!
This book is by far the best of the series so far. There is magic and progression and talk of witches with their point of view. A mixture of a little bit of everyone and everything coming together to form an epic apex for this story. Things happen in this novel. Morality is skewed in new ways and Rowan and Aelin are finally fully together and I love how powerful they are together.
However my absolute favorite part of this novel was Manon’s point of you. A Blackbeak and proud of it she is ruthless, cunning, and has a questioning mind. She is a character that becomes so real and so fully developed you can’t help but love her. I am so happy that Manon exists. I love how she seems to grow and take charge with no sense of consequences or anything else. She does as she likes and I’m so excited to see what more happens with her in Empire Of Storms. Especially where the Wyverns are concerned.
This mammoth of a book is jam packed with rises and falls, real decisions to make with harrowing consequences, and a set of characters that all have their own agenda. I hope that this series continues to get better and better. I know that right now, I’m fully in love with it all.
Thanks for reading! What are your thoughts on the TOG series?
-Till next time!