Published: September 6th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Magic, Adventure, Fantasy
Pages: Hardcover, 704
The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.
As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
Alright everyone. Here’s the deal. If you’re into magic, and swords, and assassins, and strong female characters, read this book series. Finish that book you’re reading, go to your library or bookstore and get this whole series. You will love it, it will rip you to shreds, give you hope, break you down, make you cry, and still leave you begging to read the next one.
Now that I’ve said that, can we just take a moment to appreciate everything Sarah J. Maas has written for this series? This masterpiece she has been slowly creating?
Now when I tell you I loved this book, I want you to completely understand me. I thought the book before this was good, but this one, oh just save me now. I was in love with this book from chapter two. In past books, when the perspective switched from person to person I started to lose interest. But, in this one, it kept my attention. I actually wanted to know what was going to happen to those other people next.
Can I just mention again how wonderful this book was?
There was a big difference in character personalities in this book than even the last one. It’s amazing character development. Every single one of these characters show change and that’s half the reason why I find this so amazing. Even after five books (and 5 novellas) these character still surprise me.
I know this book is supposed to be young adult, but fair warning, there are adult scenes in this book. I’m not one to read those types of books, but it took me by surprise because it is juvenile (said so on the copyright page) so I wanted to give a fair warning. Bloomsbury USA Children. Defiantly not for children.
I love all the relationships in this book. The way they were built, the unlikely alliance (that I thought would happen) the return of a few old characters (which I totally predicted) and the just all around shit storm that Aelin and her court keep having to fight against (sorry for the language). I’m just going to say this now, I’m completely team Rowan, and I called that sneaky little plot twist there at the end Sarah J. Maas! I knew it would somehow end up that way!
I have one sort of complaint, more of a question, (only spoils first few chapters) why did Aelin and her court travel all the way to her home country, just to turn around and go back south? I mean, I guess I know that plans never work out the way you want them to in real life. Maybe it was just a way to show that nothing ever works out, even in this world of books. I’m not really complaining, more of an observation and I just wonder why.
I have two things to complain about for this book. Well, this really isn’t against the writing or the story or the author, more about the actual physical book. While almost 700 pages, it looks like it could be maybe 350 or 400. The pages are thin. I guess I’m picky, but I like to feel how thick the book is, feel the progress as I’m reading it, and it was a little hard to tell for this one. Sitting next to Queen of Shadows, which has about the same amount of pages, it looks tiny and pathetic. Why did it change?
The second is the ending. Don’t worry, I won’t spoil for anyone, but this tore me to small little pieces. The first 600 pages were full of what I expected, what I wanted, everything I didn’t know I needed. Then I got to page 584 and knew that this was the end. Of the book I mean. I swear, that last 100 pages was written solely to rip my heart to shreds. The only reason I’m considering this a complaint is because the next book won’t come out for a year, and I don’t know if my heart can take that. I just don’t know. So, if anyone has read it, let me know, because if you’re anything like me you’re going to need someone to talk to.
Update: It has been two and a half months since this book was released and since I finished it, and I only just now got over it enough to start reading some non-light, not children’s books. This book left me with a book hangover that lasted so long, I wasn’t sure I was ever going to recover.