Ook ok finally figuring out words for this book… NBD its only been a year since I’ve read them.. and the reread has certainly helped.
THIS. BOOK. DESTROYED. ME. It is completely emotional and left me with so many feelings that I’m still picking through.
But but but before I continue.. its OK. SJM put me back together again I can see the bigger picture now… sooooo I’m ok. Actually you know what? She’s bloody brilliant. This entire story was planned to be this way from the get go. She’s building towards something much bigger in this series as a whole. So for those of you who are torn apart… I’d say have faith in Sarah. Let her tell a much larger story here… give her a chance.
MMM wait. Let me retract that statement for a moment and add a little disclaimer…
I’ll say this now, and I’ll say it again. Sarah J Maas is not an author for everyone. She is not the author for the light hearted. She’s not the author for you if you have a hard time seeing beloved characters get torn apart, ripped into, and stripped bare. Her characters change, grow, and this normally means they will hit rock bottom first. Maybe even more than once. They will make decisions that literally hurt your heart. Please go into this book AND the next one expecting that.
All that to say- in my opinion, by the time she’s done, she’s built something much stronger than your average run of the mill character development.
Lastly, in no way am I trying to insult anyone that doesn’t love SJM’s style. Reading is a hobby, and you should read what feels right for you. Sometimes difficult subjects like these hit too close to home or are too emotional- or just not enjoyable for every reader.
Few last thoughts on this particular book …and the characters that have sunken so deep into my soul…
I had a hard time connecting with Celaena at first- until I really started to understand her in later books. She did some things in this book out of her absolute pain and misery that broke my heart – but once you realize why she’s reacting that way, I think you’ll feel nothing but sorrow for her. Not only that but she begins her huge character-arc journey here, in this book. It was heartbreaking to watch but the result is beautiful throughout the rest of the series.
Chaol… Dorian.. my darlings. I can’t tell you guys how much I adore these dudes. Chaol is so loyal and sweet. Yes he makes a mistake in this book (as people do…) but his character remains true. He’s only ever trying go do what is right- but he struggles with the position he’s been given. Dorian… he’s just a ray of sunshine. He might be my favorite character in the entire series.
The plot is so full of clues from the past and hints towards the future. Nothing is surface level. Pay attention to the details if you’re reading this for the first time.
So all claps for SJM who sent me through a wild ride of emotions. I adore this series to death (yes I’ve already read and ADORED all 4 books so far). The characters have so many layers and very rarely are black and white.