on September 5, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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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.
I didn’t like this book nearly as much as I liked the rest of the series. I am Team Aelin 110%. Any novel set in this world without her is lacking. Additionally, I was really not a fan of Chaol this novel. I know many people love him, and I enjoyed him at the beginning of the series. But I’m not a fan of his romance with View Spoiler »Yrene. I don’t necessarily mind him and Nesryn moving on from each other, but him moving in on Yrene without ever really talking with Nesryn is a shitty thing to do. I really wish they had spoken about their relationship prior to her leaving with Sartaq. « Hide Spoiler The rest of the romances are fun, if not that surprising.
Despite my issues, there are many aspect to enjoy if you choose to read it. Maas does an incredibly job with the southern content setting, especially with the history and lore. The setting and the characters are all more diverse than the rest of the series. Some new tidbits come to light by the end of the novel, setting several things into motion for the last installment.
tl;dr A problematic romance, more diversity, and a surprising ending make this an uneven read.
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