Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Book Three in the Throne of Glass Series
Published By: Bloomsbury USA Children's (September 2, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 Stars!
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?
We all have those series that we love unconditionally. That we build up so much in our minds that by the time the next book is released you start to wonder if anything truly is as great as you remember it to be. If this next book will live up to all the expectations you have built up .
By the time the next book is in your hands, you can't help but worry that is won't. Doubts start to creep in and you can't help but open those first few pages with just a little bit of anticipation mixed in with a whole lot of nerves.
Is Maas really the master storyteller that I believe her to be?
And the answer to that of course is, why yes. Yes, she is.
Once again this is told in multiple point of views with different story arcs, more so than the others ever have been but, once again, Maas pulled it off beautifully. It flowed effortlessly.
So many new characters to adore and love. Rowan, Marion, Abraxos (don't ask because I couldn't tell you but for some reason the creature wormed his way in too), Aedion, Emrys and yes maybe even Manon (okay maybe not into my heart but in...some how). Too many maybe to name.
So many angles, so many heirs, so many possibilities.
Did I mention I adore this series? It is by far not only my favorite fantasy series ever but my favorite YA series ever. I think during parts of this, my heart truly broke for Celaena and during others, I was there, cheering her on and smiling at her triumphs and celebrating right along side her. So much happens in this that I wouldn't even know where to begin to explain but I will say this, if you haven't started this series yet, do it. Do it now. You won't regret it at all, not for a moment.
It is one of those fabulous series that hooks you and refuses to let go. One you think about long after the story has been put down and one that will capture your attention, love, and affection how ever it can.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*
I'm really glad you enjoyed this book because I have yet to start the series. Now you just made me even more pumped to read it :DReplyDelete
It is a fabulous series, I hope you can start it soon!Delete
Oh that's great! I have the 2 first books but I still need to read them. I'm so late!!! Great review!ReplyDelete
YAY! Glad you loved this one, I did too. It wasn't my favourite of the series, but I am not sure why. I think I missed Chaol and Celaena together, and I did get a bit bored during some of Manon's bits. It was amazing though, not sure how I will be able to wait for the next book.ReplyDelete
IT was different with all the different POVs but I found it worked for me. I can't wait for the next one. :)Delete
Yours is the second 5-star review for this book that I have read this morning which I take to be a very good sign. I'm thrilled that you were satisfied with Maas' trilogy finale, and can't wait to discover her writing, and expert story telling for myself.ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope you try her soon, she really is an amazing author!Delete
Your review is certainly making me more excited! I have this already but am waiting for Aimee to finish Crown of Midnight so we can start and buddy read together ^^ With all the good reviews and feedback this is getting, I know for certain this one is something that shouldn't be missed. I can't wait to meet Rowan even if I'm a solid Chaol x Celaena shipper :PReplyDelete
Faye at The Social Potato
A buddy read will be a lot of fun with this one. It is long as so much happens, it will be nice for you both to be able to discuss it as you go.Delete
Ugh I haven't even read the first one !ReplyDelete
Great review by the way :)
I started this book, but I had to put it down because it was not working for me. I think I hyped up everything in my head and I read it when I was in a terrible mood, so I ended up having to DNF it. I'm going to pick it up again when the hype dies down and I'm in a much better mood.ReplyDelete
I'm so glad you loved this though! :)
I am sorry you are having trouble with it. Maybe next time you pick it up you will like it better Nick.Delete
" Is Maas really the master storyteller that I believe her to be?ReplyDelete
And the answer to that of course is, why yes. Yes, she is. "
AGREED ALI!!! I have my review of this one going up tomorrow and I loved it every bit as much as you did. I loved that Sarah made some difficult decisions in keeping Celaena and Chaol apart, from the early reviews I've read I think that frustrated a number of readers, but I think it was so, so necessary. I just adored this book. And Rowan. ROWAN ALI! <3<3<3
I know, I KNOW! I loved him, I really did.Delete
I'm dying to read this! I can't wait to meet the new characters (I hear Rowan is the one everyone's swooning over) and find out how Abraxos wormed his way in haha ;)ReplyDelete
Rowan is pretty great but I still love Chaol and Dorian too. ;)Delete
Oh boy i've been going around the blgosphere saying this all day, I only skimmed your review because i'm so wary about reading too much about this book! I have such high expectations for it and i just love this series so much! Glad ot hear this book just absolutely rocked for you! Great review!ReplyDelete
You are going to love it and I think it will live up to your expectations. :DDelete
YES!!!! I'm so excited to read this one!ReplyDelete
You will love it!!Delete
GReat review Kindlemom and yes we do all have those go to must read series.ReplyDelete
I am so weird sometimes! Book 2 was too much drama for me so I put it on hold because I figured it was a trilogy. I wanted everything available before putting myself through that. But obviously I was wrong. I promise to read what's left of book 2 and this entire thing asap.ReplyDelete
Your enthusiasm is quite contagious.
I hope you do give it another try and love it again Maja. I will keep my fingers crossed for you!Delete
I have this scheduled for next week and I am reading nothing but stellar reviews for this one. I am eager to see how the romance moves in this one and how Celana grows. Love seeing that five star rating.ReplyDelete
Yay! You are going to love it Heidi. Lots of changes and lots of stuff going on. ;)Delete
I really don't know why I can't get into this series. :( Everyone but me gets it. I think I'll wait for the next book before I jump in. To be honest though, I'm at the point where I'm going to order these books in audio form.ReplyDelete
I have heard good things about the audio, I hope you like them Joy.Delete
Love Rowan, and oh lord I cried during one part..I truly did. Fantastic review Ali, my review posts Monday? I think..LOL but I loved it, loved it, loved it!ReplyDelete
I know exactly when Kim, actually I cried a few times during this one, it was awesome!Delete
I have to wait for this one to release before I get my hands on a copy and I'm just dying to read it!!! Just one more week. Great review!ReplyDelete
Tressa @ Wishful Endings
Gah! I can't believe I haven't read this series yet. Everyone seems to love it.ReplyDelete
What? You haven't read this yet? We need to fix that Christy!Delete
I am so excited to read this series! I finally started the first one and I loved the novellas! Thank you so much for your review! I just want to read and understand what everyone is feeling with these books :)ReplyDelete
They are pretty amazing! I am so glad you started them. :)Delete
I started the series and have loved every minute of it. I cannot wait to finish. Great review :)ReplyDelete
I am so glad you are reading it and loving it.Delete
I'm reading this one right now and I am beyond thrilled to see such a high rating and such wonderful praise from you! This is swiftly becoming one of my favorite series!ReplyDelete
Yay! I hope you are loving it and it sounds like you are so far. It really is a stand out series.Delete
I have got to find time for this series. Everything I read has it sounding awesome. I need to check and see if it is available on audio. Wonderful review.ReplyDelete
You really do, it is fabulous and I think you would really like Ellen. :)Delete
I still haven't read Crown of Midnight, but it sounds like this series just gets better and better! The new characters sound awesome and I'm glad the story is equally entertaining throughout.ReplyDelete
It really does just get better and better!Delete