Now that I've been throughly resurrected, I believe I can write a review that might do this book some justice.
Okay, so while I was reading this book I was thinking of rating it 4 stars...may be 4.5 if the ending was good. I ended up giving it 5 because thatending...My God, it changed everything!!!
"A storm is coming. A great storm."
Yes folks, you need to gear up because Maas is going to give you whiplashes with the amount of surprises which are going to spring up left, right and center.
Basically, Aelin is stopped from taking her seat in Orynth because some lords think that she is a deserter, who never bothered to look back all these years. Idiots I say. She's around 20 right now (correct me if I'm wrong) and if she had come back before, what would you have her do? Play with dolls because she'll still be a child? At least when she was being trained as an assassin, she was making some worthwhile allies. Plus, that child had to go through Arobyn's torture and she bore it knowing that this could stop if she just ran away to Orynth. But no, she stayed and toughened herself because, regardless of her proclamations in book 1, she might have thought that she may need to use these skills if she ever went back to Terrasen. As for her teens, you can't blame a teen for trying to live life according to her own wishes and not be burdened with the wight of an entire kingdom. Anyway, the thing that counts is that she came back when she was fully capable. These utter buffoons just don't see it. And then she makes a promise.
"I'm going to call in old debts and promises. To raise an army of assassins and thieves and exiles and commoners.”
And then there are a number of frustrations and improbabilities which Aelin tackles. The reason why I stress upon the name Aelin is because she kept secrets which not only drove the other characters insane but me as well. She kept things to herself which led to a lot of friction and I resented her for that. Her actions made others feel guilty for trying to make her feel guilty. I would've given that morose, pouting face, that Rowan loves so much, a good smacking had I been in their place. However, she is still great and amazing and this book reminded me why I liked her so much in the first place.
And Rowan! He's the best.
"She decided she wanted Rowan to call her milady at least once every day."
Me too Aelin, me too. He's been supportive, sacrificing and selfless throughout. This immortal warrior grips my heart tighter and tighter with every book. Utterly perfect, he is. I don't have enough words.
However, he isn't the only immortal warrior who captured my heart. There's been a new addition. Lorcan! (well, he's been present in the previous book but here he has his own separate and not-so-separate storyline). I can't help it. My heart goes out for such brooding heroes, who end up having a conflict of morality. Especially over stealing from a damsel, namely Elide (who has her own strengths and isn't exactly weak).
"He'd done such despicable, vicious things over the centuries and hadn't thought twice. He'd reveled in them, relished them, the cruelty.
But this...there was a line. Somehow...somehow there was a gods-damned line."
Elide's own journey was so moving.
“She had been forgotten – by everyone and everything. And still she had hoped. And still she had been kind.”
She had the courage to face the world when she knew she was physically weak. I mean. there were times when my heart skipped a beat thinking that something is going to happen to her and she won't be able to deliver that thing. However, that was before Lorcan entered the picture.
The words Maas chose for him to describe Elide were simple but they had that depth and feeling which would've been there only if the character was Lorcan. His persona gave those words the necessary profundity to make his reaction genuine.
"Beautiful. After a few weeks of eating, of safety, the terrified, gaunt young woman had somehow gone from pretty to beautiful...
Serene, exquisite...and utterly forbidden."
I'm ga-ga over him.
And let's not forget Dorian. He had a self-realization process going on. This is the book where he actually begins his growth from a soft, considerate and sane person to one who realizes that in order to rule "perhaps he could do with a bit more wickedness and insanity too." Ah Aelin. The source of inspiration for all. He realized that this "war would not be won on smiles and manners". Him and Manon make sense too. They balance out the extremities that prevail in each of them.
Though I must say that I'm more a fan of Manon than Dorian. My love for her intensified in this book. She was spectacular!! Even Abraxos was spectacular - after all he was the one who took her to safety. (I'm not gonna spoil further)
“She hated Death. And Death could go to hell, too”
If I could use one word to describe this book then it would be 'Marvelous'. Or maybe 'Brilliant'. 'Superb' works too.
Point is ---- I'm floored. That ending just left me like...
NOTE: I don't know why people are pissed off that Chaol isn't in this book. I mean it's perfectly understandable, and quite smart of Maas, to not have him appear in this book. I mean there are obvious references in the book that he has to regain his health and is probably rallying up an army for Aelin. Sometimes I just don't get other human beings.