In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
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.
A gift from a queen who had seen another woman in hell and thought to reach back a hand. With no thought of it ever being returned. A moment of kindness, a tug on a thread.”
Sarah did it again. I’ll be honest with you. I wasn’t expecting to like this book because I had a strong dislike for Chaol as a character and I wasn’t really interested in his story line. The only reason I read it was because Sarah said it was important for the seventh Throne of Glass book.
I was pleasantly surprised and I am glad that I picked it up. It definitely changed my opinion of Chaol. He still isn’t one of my favorite characters by any means, but I can tolerate him now. While I really liked this book, it didn’t add up to my usual Throne of Glass standards. I think that was because the crew wasn’t present and Throne of Glass just isn’t the same without Aelin and the gang. I admire Sarah for giving it a try. I think the book itself was great and the writing was phenomenal-as usual. But for me to truly love a book, I have to be connected to the characters emotionally. And I wasn’t. Chaol I didn’t really care about. Nesryn I didn’t really connect with or anything that had to do with her character.
Yrene, on the other hand, I did connect with. I love her character and how she truly is a good person. She only wants to do good and I have greatly admired her since The Assassin’s Blade.
I really liked the new side characters and the new culture introduced in the book. The Southern Continent is really different from the rest of Erilea and that really showed by the people and the culture itself. I also liked getting to see a new way to handle the line of succession that was different from usual.
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I actually debated giving the book five stars, but I didn’t think it was right to give a book that high of a rating just because it is Sarah J. Maas. I love all of her books, but this one just didn’t hit the mark for me. I think that because of my extreme dislike for Chaol and my emotional disconnect from the characters, I couldn’t truly enjoy it like her other books. She is still a phenomenal author and still my favorite, but it wouldn’t be right to judge the book highly just because she wrote it.