Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent’s mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
You can say what you want, but Sarah J. Maas is trying so hard to up her diversity and it shows. Everywhere you look in this book there is diversity and I love it. And nobody recognises that. They just focus on how she used to write her books and not how they’re written now. She has grown and improved and is trying to make her books something that her fans can love. And I love her for that. The fandom is so toxic and it’s so frustrating. I don’t understand how anyone can be so cruel about someone’s work that they’ve spent so much of their life on. If it’s not for you, then move on. It’s as simple as that and no one seems to understand that. There’s no point in being toxic and negative over anything as it’s not going to make you feel better. It’s likely going to make you feel worse and then you’ll just continue doing it cause you don’t know otherwise. It just frustrates me so much. Writers are people too and for some reason that’s forgotten so quickly. Any way. Rant over. Let’s move onto the review.
Chaol is such a sweetheart and I love what he represented in this book. And how it ended for him. The way that he grew to accept his injury and healed himself (with the help from Yrene) really shows how strong of a character he is, both in literary terms and in personality. It’s just so great. I don’t think I have ever felt more proud of a character before. It also helped that I understood some of what he was going through. Whilst I may have never been physically disabled in the same way but I can understand being frustrated at your body for it preventing you from doing certain things. Also with his depression. I think that I have mentioned it here before but I battle with depression daily and mostly I win but sometimes it get’s the better of me. And it was evident that Chaol struggled with this too. It’s so nice and somehow comforting to see what I am feeling shown on the pages before me. It always brings me a sense of belonging. That probably sounds weird but I feel like you’d understand if you saw your struggles represented and I’m so glad that more and more are being represented in all forms of media.
The city of Antica was great. I just love cities in books that are not described as British or American in style. It’s so refreshing and interesting. It feels like I’m learning about a new culture, even if it’s a fantasy novel that’s written in a different universe. It’s always dope to learn about new cities and cultures. I fricking love it. Also I love how we were shown in through both Chaol and Nesryn’s eyes. It gave me a better understanding and view of it. It let us see it through the eyes of someone new and the eyes of a frequent visitor and it was so great. Also when we got to see it through Yrene’s eyes, the one who was a permanent member of it, it was even better. Just super great. Honestly superb. Just incredible.
The overpowering amount of women in this book was wonderful. I love how many there were and the fact that they all had a purpose and that they knew why they were there. There was not a pointless character in that entire book and I love it. It was so well written. It was so tight and put together. I can only aspire to be writing at this level. If it ever happens I will be so grateful (and rich, but mostly grateful). I honestly think that Maas’ writing style and ability is goals, and you can see that it changes and improves with every book she publishes. Whether that is because she is willing to listen to her editor more or if she is finding her writing style, it is an improvement. Her writing was never childish, but it is now mature. It reads like adult fiction when it is really YA/NA and I think that that is beautiful. Also coming back to the women thing – Valg Princesses!! For some reason I’m super excited and I’m so glad that SJM added this in cause it’s so perfect and rad. God, I just love her so much.
Hasar and her girlfriend were goals. Like legit. I wish I had a girlfriend that dope. Also I love how it was just accepted. No one questioned it or judged either of them. It was there and it was chill. That’s all I have to say. Just that I enjoyed how chill it was. Also Hasar was a complete G and I think I love her. She is everything I aspire to be and more.
Sartaq was a hotty and I can’t wait to read more about him, cause phew *fans self* he was everything I need in a man, and more. I just wish he was real. I just wish they were all real tbh. SJM’s character’s are the definition of goals and I actually cannot wait for the Throne of Glass series to become a TV show. Like I am legit so excited about that. Please can it happen sooner? Thank you.
Unsurprisingly I gave this book 5/5 stars, I would give it more if I could and it deserves more so it can secretly have 6/5 stars, but don’t tell anyone okay? This will be our little secret. Please read it. Please. I can’t wait for the next one to come out, I am saddened by the fact that I have to wait a year, but heck. What’re you gonna do.