I might be on a Lord of the Rings binge right now but there were a few scenes where I went, ” that’s a Lord of the Rings scene!” And that my friends is not a bad thing!
Spoilers if you haven’t read any of the first three books…you have been warned!
Celaena or who really is Aelin, returns to Rifthood to find her old sadistic master Arobyn, only to discover that he is also meeting with her old lover Chaol. Arobyn tells her that Aedion, her cousin, is now imprisoned and ready to be executed on Dorian’s birthday celebration.
Now Aelin has a shit of a pile to deal with!
The goal is still her trying to retrieve her stole necklace from Arobyn, that is holding the last wrydkey. But saving Aedion becomes her number one objective, but knows she can’t do it alone.
The conflict between Chaol and Aelin was definitely in interesting one. First, I was pissed off with Chaol! And it happened through most of the book. But when something happened and they would save a moment or two, it felt more satisfying then if they would have just made up from the beginning.
There was definitely much more character development in this book than the last, and with new characters in the mixed that’s impressive. This had a bit more darker themes, some that I really did not see coming. But for every awful, horrific thing and the impact it had on the characters made them much more likable and intriguing.
Aelin is one bad ass master mind! She was playing every character from Ocean’s Eleven with her secrets and tricks. She would look at the faces of her companions like “it’s cool I took care of it.” It’s probably not likely for one person to do everything she did alone, but it was awesome nonetheless.
I did like her more not just because of it but her reasoning. She had everything taken away from her, train but a fucking sadistic prick to become the deadliest assassin then have the weight of the world on her shoulders but still wanting to save those she loves and cares for, even the douche Chaol. But even that, she still lacks trust. She can not let people in to help instead of her being alone and that it a big problem. I love that! It humanizes her. She can do all this heroic things but she is still human and have flaws, make mistakes. But how you use that to move forward and help you be a better you, that is awesome.
Up until this point I didn’t understand, and really didn’t like the witches, but I did like them in this one. One scene in particular broke my heart while reading. I do see some connection between two characters and I wonder if that will play out.
As vague as this review is I can say that I enjoyed so much and definitely bet out the last one, and continues to just get better as you continue reading. Each book has continued to be better than the last and has it should be. I had a great time reading it, I can’t wait to reading book 5, I liked the characters more, I finally feel an emotional attachment to them, you just can’t stop reading and I’m relieved to finally have that feeling.