Book Reviews

Kingdom of Ash-Book Review(No Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #7

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Summary of Book One: “After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her … but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead … quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.” -From Goodreads

Review: This wasn’t bad in anyway, though that being said it was disappointed in some way to me.

I will say the ending to A Court of Wings and Ruin felt convenient, so I was hoping their would be more stacks in this one compared to that one. There were, but I was hoping for more.

Things that were being lead up to felt easily resolved. The fate of characters did give me feels more than in ACOWAR, but I was hoping for more when it came to certain characters. The ending wrapped things up nicely. There wasn’t anything that felt like it still needed to be answered.

When it came to the characters, the parts with Celaena made my heart hurt and I was happy with how her story moved through out this book. I was happy with the other characters too, none of them completely annoyed me. The only time I ever had any of the characters annoy me or made me roll my eyes was when a certain character thought something when they did something. Besides that, the characters were enjoyable.

This ending does feel like a step up from ACOWAR, but not by much. I did enjoy reading this last book as I was wanting to know what would happen to Celaena in the end, even though she has annoyed me in other books, as well as Chaol, Manon, and other characters. I just think it could have been better.

If you have read all of the Throne of Glass books up this book, then I would read it so you can know what happens because it does feel nice to know how it ends. Just remember it is close to a thousand pages.

Have fun reading!

Book Reviews

Tower of Dawn-Book Review(No spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #6

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “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.” From Goodreads

Review: Since this is the sixth book in the series, I won’t go too much into it, but I will give my review without spoiling anything as best I can.

Right away I want to say this book is one of Sarah’s best books. The rep is there and she didn’t disappoint. After rereading the Throne of Glass books and seeing the problems in them(which I will be re-reviewing the novellas and the first five books), this one was different. It was even better than A Court of Wings and Ruin.

The journey in this book was emotional, romantic, and surprising. It reminded me of the reason why I loved this series so much when I first started reading it. I loved what we got to learn in this book and the new continent we got to see, as well as getting to meet new characters.

Though, I will say that it does take time to get into since it an over 600-page book, but it does get better as the story goes on. My advice is to just push through 50 or 100 pages because it will be worth it in the end.

Even if you don’t like Chaol or don’t want to read a book that revolves around him, this book is important to read. It gives information on things that will be important to know for the last book in this series.

I highly recommend you read this book before the seventh and final book of Throne of Glass series.

Book Reviews

Empire of Storms-Book Review(Slight Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #5

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Summary: “The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?”- Summary from Goodreads

Review: Right after I finished EOS, I had to reread the first book. (I also had to reread it for a class so.) But, I did try to read three other books and failed. The just didn’t hold my attention.

This book was so much better than Heir of Fire and maybe Queen of Shadows. I was hoping for this book to meet my expectations and it did, and I’m so happy I read it.

The action is this book, I thought, was well done. There weren’t many, but that’s mostly because this is a book that leads to the last book and the final battle. Sarah J. Maas wrote these action scenes well that kept making you wonder if someone was going to die or not.

The story has gotten better in this book. Things do get explained finally, especially a certain thing. We also get to see places that we haven’t seen yet, as well as certain places we have been to before. (I would suggest rereading the novellas before reading this one.)

Aelin has become my favorite character again. She was so cool as she once was. I didn’t feel like she was annoying or loving Rowan all the time. I felt she was doing something important and becoming the queen she was born to be. The side characters were great like always. I have started liking Manon because of this book. Her story gets so much better. I have made my peace with Rowan. I just wish Chaol made an appearance in this book.

The romance is written so much better. Not at any point did I roll my eyes or hate it. I found myself enjoying it. Though there are three sex scenes in total. They are both very descriptive. They were like what you would have found in A Court Of Mist and Fury.

The ending…That damn ending is what will make you want the last book. It made me cry and gave me all of the feels.

Overall, Empire of Storms is a great read. It’s a step up from Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows. I highly suggest you try this book if you didn’t care for the other two I mentioned.

Have fun reading!!!

Book Reviews

Queen Of Shadows-Book Review (Spoilers)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #4

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “The queen has returned.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…

She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.”-Summary from Goodreads

Review: Now I thought this book might not be that good since I have heard mixed reviews of this book. I was wrong. Queen of Shadows was actually pretty good.

A big positive of the book was the story arch, but a negative for focusing too much on a relationship, A.K.A Rowan and Aelin ship.

Here’s the thing, throughout this book I wasn’t swooning at some of the Rowan and Aelin parts because I thought there were more important things to do than walk around the city flirting. But, I will say I was so happy characters were going into relationships that would make them happy. It warmed my heart.

For the characters, I felt they did an 180 in how they were from before, which got me confused at first, but then I got use to it. I still love some of the characters, like Chaol.

Like usual, Sarah J. Maas can write an amazing story. No matter what, she can write very good stories that don’t feel like their dragging or just fall apart. I can’t wait to see how she ends this story. I have hope that it will be a great ending.

Also I need Empire of Storms so badly. I need to know what’s going to happen.

A big A+ for character development from the beginning to the end of this book. Alein finally became my favorite character again towards the end. I also thought a lot of the characters have grown and became who they were again, which made me happy.

That whole ending was like my favorite part. Sarah J. Maas knows how to write and ending that makes you want to read the next book, just to see what will happen to the characters and what will happen in the story.

Is Queen Of Shadows worth the read? Yes, it is.So go read it if you have read the other Throne Of Glass books.

Overall, I’m happy I finally got to read this book. I loved it more than I thought I would. Though I still would have liked it if the Rowan and Aelin relationship was happening on the side instead of begin part of the main plot(that’s how it felt to me). At this point I don’t care if they are end game, just so long as Aelin is happy. Anyways, I just can’t wait to see what happens in Empire of Storms.

Have fun reading!!!