I’ve been slacking on my reviews, but I do believe that I have had enough time to finally come to terms with my feelings to writes this one. It really pains me to feel this way, it really does. But, whenever I think about this book, I just can’t ignore the issues that I had with it.
I loved the previous books in this series. Absolutely loved. The characters, the storyline, the writing, everything about it appealed to me. So, you might imagine the complete devastation I felt not having that complete joy from reading this book. In fact, it was almost the opposite. It was a chore to get through. This book was entirely too long.
This book took me months to read. MONTHS. That’s outrageous. But, no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t get through it. It wasn’t until about three quarters through where I even really started to enjoy the book. While I did like reading about Celaena’s backstory, I also found it too much for me. It just seemed… Dull. Most of the storylines within this book weren’t that interesting. I was, to put it simply, bored.
I loved Chaol in the previous books, but here, he just seemed a snore. I hope to god his character improves, because in this book he was so flat. I also didn’t care for Dorian in this book. His storyline felt pointless. Manon didn’t do much for me either. While I love witches, I still really struggled to adapt to new characters and even admit to skimming past some of her chapters. Even Celaena didn’t interest me for the vast majority of this book. Everything that happened to her just seemed boring and she seemed so whiny and was constantly complaining.There was so background info and not enough action.
I really enjoyed the aspect of Celaena and Rowan’s relationship. It was nice to see how well they balanced each other and how they helped each other heal and deal with their pain.
Near the end, the book started to pick up, and Celaena’s growth of a character was fantastic. She was really coming into her own element. I really admired her ferocity and bravery for overcoming the demons of her past and moving on to help her people.
In all honesty, this book felt like set up for an actual book. This really should have been condensed and them put into the first half of her next book. But, that’s just my opinion. This wasn’t my favorite by far, but I’m still hopeful that the next will drastically improve.