Overlong and lacking in humanity. 3/5 stars.
For more background and blurbs, check out my reviews of Throne of Glass (Book 1), Crown of Midnight (Book 2) and Heir of Fire (Book 3), and Queen of Shadows (Book 4).
For those of you who don’t know, the Throne of Glass series is a 6-book saga following the adventures of a bad-ass female assassin in a fantasy realm which features fairies, witches and all sorts of magical shenanigans. While the first two books in the series felt solidly YA, I’m guessing the author feels her readers are growing up as the series goes on and certainly book 5 is more NA territory with some undoubtedly “adult” content.
Now, before I get into what will possibly become a bit of a rant, I want to make it clear that this was fine. Just fine. Not great, not bad. Just OK.
Fans of the Throne of Glass series won’t be disappointed by the latest installment. The standard is upheld, mostly thanks to a superb final quarter. 3.5/5 stars.
For background, check out my reviews of Throne of Glass (Book 1), Crown of Midnight (Book 2) and Heir of Fire (Book 3).
Until about 75% into this book, when things ramp up a notch and there are some significant developments, it was just more of the same. Celaena/Aelin was particularly irritating this time out. I’m not sure why. Maybe because suddenly everyone thinks she’s marvellous. Or because she doesn’t say anything which isn’t snarky or full of herself. Or, most likely, because I just don’t dig the romance between her and Rowan (sorry). For me, Rowan seems to exist only to snarl, bare his fangs and take his shirt off.
I blazed through Crown of Midnight (4/5 stars) and Heir of Fire (3/5 stars) so fast I decided to review them together. Also this gives me more time to focus on reading Queen of Shadows!
What it’s about: the saga of the teenage assassin, Celaena Sardothian, continues… I won’t say more because inadvertent spoilers would certainly ruin your enjoyment of the series. If you’re interested in knowing more, check out my review of Book 1, Throne of Glass.
For me, Crown of Midnight (Book 2) had the edge over Heir of Fire (Book 3).
Throne of Glass lit a bank of fuses and we get to see the fireworks go off in Crown of Midnight, making it a gripping, extremely entertaining read. However, I did roll my eyes a lot at the supposed “mystery” surrounding Celaena’s origins and who she might be. By the time we get to the final pages and all is revealed, I’d spent practically the whole book cursing the characters for their stupidity, even if that stupidity served the plot.
Hooray and huzzah! I’ve finally read Throne of Glass and wasn’t disappointed. 3.5/5 stars.
I’m making myself write this before moving onto the next book in the series, which I will be doing asap. I enjoyed spending time with the characters of the first book and want to know what happens next. And I don’t feel like a need a rest, like I did after The Knife of Never Letting Go.
The world building here is impressive, although I thought more explanation of the magical shenanigans would have been helpful. There is also some “foreign terms fatigue”, which many first installments seem to suffer from. Understandably, the author needs to introduce us to the main places and people in her world, but perhaps there is some way to do this to make them easier to remember? There were a few points where I thought, “Who’s that again?” and “Where’s that and why do we care?” And that was reading the book in 2 or 3 sittings and I have quite a good short-term memory!