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 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. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?
No joke, this book utterly destroyed me. In fact I’m pretty sure that this isn’t a book, no, it’s a soul destroying machine made to ruin Sarah’s readers so that they have to find out how the series ends. I just want to gather them – the characters aka my smol children – all into big hugs and wrap them in blankets and make sure that they can never be harmed ever again. Ever. Too many times have they been hurt and I want to make sure that all of my smol children are unharmed. I went into this book thinking it would all be fun and games and Aelin destroying them and then everyone going home and living happily ever after. I mean of course I know that there is another book still to come but I was happy to let my little heart have hope. Not for long though, that was ripped to shreds almost 2oo pages into this monster of a book. That being said I don’t think I have the words to properly describe how much I loved this book. It was a whirlwind of emotions and we finally got to see all of the POVs come together and I just loved that so much. Also, and I have seen a lot of reviews that seem to ignore this, but Aedion’s bi! All I see is everyone complaining that Manon and Elide didn’t get together and that they are outraged over ‘their lesbians’ not being together. But frankly for me I am actually kind of glad that that didn’t happen. I would much rather read what the author is most comfortable writing and as far as I can tell main character LGBT+ relationships are not that for SJM. Don’t think for a second that I am holding this against her. The fact that we do have that bit of diversity/representation in there is amazing and I love it. It’s a hell of a lot more than what some writers put in.
There were so many moments that I loved in this, one being Lysandra clicking her beak saucily at Aedion – I think, don’t hold me to that please – I really loved that moment because of the simple humour in it. One of the notes I made literally just says: “Lysandra clicking her beak saucily, how is that even possible!?!??!?” and I think that’s just beautiful. I even went to twitter with that piece of beauty. I really just adored Aedion and Lysandra’s relationship all together. It was so full of forgiveness and a willingness to be better even if it’s for themselves and not for that other person that they definitely are not trying to impress or flirt with, not that there was much attempted flirting, it was all very successful. Even if it wasn’t 100% truthful on Lysandra’s part. Not that I’m bitter about that. Not at all. What gave you that idea?
I know that a lot of people are unhappy with the pairing off of characters but in a way this is a love story and I am in no way holding it against her. This story is about learning to love and trust not only yourself but others too and if SJM wants to show that by pairing off her characters then I am a-okay with that. It’s also about learning to forgive yourself for past mistakes and any mistakes you might make in the future. And I love it for that. There is a lot of forgiving others that is involved, or at least learning to forgive others but that’s important too. Because you can’t truly move on without forgiveness. Trust me on this one. All in all there’s a hell of a lot of lessons to be learned from these books, and her others ones *cough* ACOMAF *cough*.
Aelin is a stunning character and I’m not just talking about her appearance. The way that she does everything for everyone else under the pretense of being inherently selfish is an absolute masterpiece of character design. She comes to life on the page, they all do and frankly I think that this is where SJM’s talent comes to full show. This is the strongest aspect of her writing, where she is most talented. In writing full character’s that leap off the page and make you want to become besties with them. They all behave as if they were fully functioning people with a good side and a bad side, even Meave. Although I’m not sure the same could be said of Erawan, the dick.
Whilst Lysandra’s saucy beak click made it into my top 3 favourite moments for this book, the other two were Rowan saying “boyo” because that to me is one of the most hilarious things on the planet and the other was when Aelin burned a man from the inside out. If that’s not impressive then frankly nothing is. This book is hilarious and I love that because it doesn’t detract from the sad, important moments, it adds to them because they show us all sides of one character and that is so important to flesh out a character driven story which this most certainly is. One of the main things that amused me actually had nothing to do with characters, aside from their speech, but it was the way that SJM so clearly wasn’t allowed to use the word fuck or any version of it and therefore had to use the word ‘rutting’ instead. Whenever I saw that word I would just start laughing to myself slightly no matter how serious the moment.
I really hate to say it but the Mature Scenes in this book were slightly laughable. There were a few phrases used that I am not going to repeat here because I like to think of this blog as family friendly (har har). But trust me, if you haven’t yet read the book then you need to be prepared for some wording and phrases that are going to haunt some of your waking moments. Not haunt perse, but make them awkward as you start slightly grinning or giggling to yourself about them. Or cringing about them. So be warned for that.
I think that I need to stop right now otherwise I am going to end up at close to 1,300 words and I think this may be one of the longest posts that I have ever written. Obviously there are a lot of things that I haven’t gone into here like Aedion and Gavriel and how awesome that was and how incredible Manon was. But I feel like I can always discuss them at a later date. Clearly it is going to get 5/5 stars because of the masterpiece that it is.