The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t. As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world.
Let me just say that I’m broken inside right now. Has anyone else noticed that ACOMAF and this book end exactly the same? So that means that Aelin will come back ok, because the Inner Circle did in ACOWAR. To hear about what else I have to say about this book then read on.
The characters were awesome!!! I loved the sass and the fact that we got to see more of Maeve’s cadre. Fenrys is totally Feysand’s kid. I mean, he can winnow. I also liked how Gavriel and Aedion didn’t become perfect father and son right away. I don’t think that they became perfect father and son at all. And the way the dynamic in the group worked there weren’t very many arguments, which I hate/love(it depends on my moods) reading about.
Let me just talk about Manon. She is so awesome but also really insecure. I felt so bad for her but I couldn’t do anything. Because she’s in a book. But the way that she and Aelin acted around each other was a combination of girl wars or ok I tolerate you. And then in the end they became friends only for the worst thing ever to happen. Rowan will find you, Aelin. He will. Otherwise I will rewrite the next book. Sorry not sorry. Back onto topic. And the way that Manon cares for Abraxos is just amazing. Not like he’s an animal. But like he’s a person. It broke my heart and soul.
The plot was super intense. This was the book with the most battles, by far. It was amazing. Lysandra shape-shifting was awesome. I highly suggest that you prepare yourself beforehand for the awesome battle scenes. And there were some plot twists that I didn’t like, nor did I see coming. They weren’t badly written, it was just that I didn’t like what happened at the end of the book. We actually have to wait until October 30 to get the last book. This isn’t good. I don’t think that I can wait that long.
The setting was super well done. I loved how at the end of the book, I knew my way around that boat because they spent a lot of their time there. It was amazing!!!! The Stone Marshes sounds depressing but also sort of beautiful. I liked the aspect of the mirror. I’m glad we got to learn more about magical objects. That always interested me. Just like I was interested in learning about the Torre and the healers and so I learned. I also learned a bit from the B&N edition which I recommend you get because there is some interesting content in the back of the book.
As you can see, I loved this book except for the end. Rowan had better save Aelin and Meave and Carin need to die. Besides that, please remember to fill out my survey! You can find the link on my about page. Thanks for Reading!!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons