Goodreads Rating: 4.60
She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.
Celaena Sardothien 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. To defeat them, Celaena must find the strength to not only fight her inner demons but to battle the evil that is about to be unleashed.
The king's assassin takes on an even greater destiny and burns brighter than ever before in this follow-up to the New York Times bestselling Crown of Midnight.
Best.... Book... EVER!! (so far)
This is by far my favorite book in the series so far and I am in complete love! The characters, the plot, the ending!!! There is really nothing major I can say negatively about this book.
Still the same characters you know and love from the last book, with some very fine additions (and I do mean FINE!) Aedion and Rowan... I can't say which one I love more but there may be a new book boyfriend in the making.
I really loved Celaena and Rowan's relationship and that it wasn't overly romanticized. Their relationship is absolutely perfect! I can't even describe it as a brother/sister, friendship, or anything! It goes beyond words. They are perfect for each other, a different kind of love. They are mirror images of each other which, I think, brought on some of the animosity between them but I'm glad they opened up to each other and are helping each other heal <3<3
Dorian and Chaol, I am sad that they still are fighting :( But! I am happy that Dorian seems to have a little someone special he has his eye on ;) I was hoping for this in the last book and am beyond happy for him.
Aedion is awesome! absolutely adore him. He is smart and cunning and I can't wait for the day where he gets his wish of seeing Aelin again! I just might cry :') Reading about their back story was so adorable and gave us a glimpse into Celaena's past life.
Manon was interesting to read about. I didn't fully understand the purpose of her chapters to the story (aside from they are a secret force that the King is building up) but her story was really interesting. I'm very curious to see if she comes into play more in the main story later. My favorite was seeing her bond with Abraxos :) Definitely a character to keep an eye on.
Finally, Celaena... I loved a lot about this book but seeing how Celaena has grown and changed during the course of this book... It's like love x 1000! I adore her strength and how she has grown and recovered. She's no longer the raging flame ignited by grief and pain. She is a phoenix; she has crashed and burned so many times, and now she is taking all that and is soaring! (please excuse the corny comparison but I can't help it! It gets my point across nicely ^.^)
The two parts to the book are very appropriately named. We see the Heir of Ash as Celaena struggles with Nehemia's death. Then we see the Heir of Fire, where she rises from the ashes to become a strong person and leader.
There are a lot of stories going on at once and it can be a little confusing. We jump from Celaena to Chaol to Dorian to Aedion to Manon... there is just so much going on at once. This is the only little negative I have to say and it really isn't that big of a deal. You get used to it pretty quick and definitely does not take away from the book.
WAAAAAAH!!!!!! I can't wait for the King to get the (hopeful) smack down of his life! I can't wait for everyone to be reunited again and to serve up a nice plate of justice/vengence (whatever you want to call it). I had a feeling about some of the occurrences but never would have seen all of that happening! Make sure you have the next book handy because you aren't going to want to wait to dive into it.
Amazing book! The ending was great and held some unforeseen surprises, the story line was highly entertaining, if not a little chaotic at first from all the pov changes, and the characters.... oh the characters... this is why I love this series because Maas makes characters you care about. Like, really care about. You feel Celaena's pain as she goes through all her hardships, you feel happy that Dorian finally might have a chance at love, and you fear for the lives of all your beloved characters. This is one of the only books where I have developed a bond with the characters <3
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