I finished listening to both Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows this week, so I’m all refreshed and ready for Empire of Storms. Heir of Fire is a big step in Celaena Sardothien’s journey, and there some huge changes in this book. If you haven’t read Crown of Midnight, go back and read it, because there will be spoilers in this review.
From the blurb:
Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak―but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life―and her future―forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
Ready to continue?
So, at the end of the last book, Chaol realised that Celaena, bad arse assassin and King’s Champion is actually the lost heir of Terrasen, demi-fae princess, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius.
Chaol unwittingly sent Aelin to Wendlyn for her own safety, and feels used and betrayed, now that he knows her true identify.
Once she gets to Wendlyn, Aelin tries to get help from her great-aunt, Queen Maeve, so that she can destroy the wyrdkeys and free magic in Ardalen. Maeve has her own agenda, and makes Aelin prove she has control of her fae powers before she will share information with her. Aelin is still mourning the death of her friend Nehemia, and feels guilty that Nehemia thought Celaena’s life was worth more than her own. It’s safe to say that she isn’t in the most cooperative of moods…
Aelin has to train with the taciturn and brooding fae prince, Rowan Whitehorn, and he has made it clear that he thinks she is a spoilt brat, who doesn’t deserve his help.
Meanwhile, Dorian is still reeling from the discovery of his magical powers, which he can access inspite of the block on magic his father placed across Ardalen. Dorian wants to know more about his gift, and why he is immune to the spell that holds Ardalen in it’s power, but he has to be careful not to ask too many questions, or his father could have him killed.
This book also sees the introduction of a new character, Manon Blackbeak. Manon is heir to the Blackbeak coven; she is very old, very powerful and ruthless. The King of Ardalen has recruited the three covens to help him create an aerial army, to enforce his monarchy across the whole of Erilea. The witches are powerful enemies, and fight for no humans – unless they have something that the witches want…
I loved this book so much. Sarah J. Maas has no qualms about toying with her readers’ emotions. After shipping Celaena & Chaol for the first two books, this installment had readers across the world seething “f*ck you Chaol!”. Honestly, he turns out to be a complete and utter wanker pretty much from the first chapter of this book.
The introduction of Manon Blackbeak is utter genius – she is evil, ruthless, vindictive and conniving, and yet I bloody love her! I want her & Aelin to either have an epic battle or team up. I can’t decide which…
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below – are you still Team Chaol, or has Rowan stolen your heart?
Click here for my review of Queen of Shadows, the next book in the Throne of Glass series.