Update…Rereading this in prep for Empire of Storms. Can we just appreciate how clever Maas is? I’m seeing so many little hints about things to come. This flows so much better the second time around now that I know where the story is really headed.
I’m FINALLY getting around to writing reviews for this series! It has been a long time coming.
This book and I got off to a very rocky start. I almost quit this for good… but wow, I’m so glad I didn’t. This series has become a favorite of mine. But OK OK OK I’m getting ahead of myself… because even after I finished this first book… I wasn’t completely sold.
It took me nearly 2 years to convince myself to finish this book. I started with the audiobook… got about an hour in.. and I just couldn’t. The narrator made this series sound like a soap opera.. and every character sounded like a bitchy 12 year old. (Though I’ve heard some people really enjoyed the audio *cough* Stephanie 😉 so judge for yourself!)
So what made me decide to pick this book back up again after nearly 2 years?
The LEGIT fan art . I’m not even kidding. Basically pinterest is littered with it. All book fan art eventually leads back to ToG fan art- I kid you not. So after all the freakishly awesome art… I was like.. OK. There has to be something to this series if its that popular.
I quickly found that this book was right up my alley. I mean cmon… castles, dungeons, assassins, princes, magic….. and all of those spell out BRITTNEY loud and clear.
So dadadada I read the book… enjoyed it… but didn’t love it.
But Brittney… you said this is one of your favorite series?!
Chhhyeaaaa it is. So let me break it down a little bit first, then tell you what you can look forward to.
What I didn’t love to start, and why I’m totally fine with it now.
1. Celaena’s starting point
While I really enjoyed the settings and the general vibe, I had a hard time getting on board with Celaena.. the main character. It wasn’t because she was sassy or strong willed… I love that about her. I think it was the constant “batting eyelashes” and childish gestures that SJM kept writing into her. Don’t worry, that fades pretty quickly. SJM was young when she wrote this one.. and the writing vastly improves with every passing novel. VASTLY.
2. The love triangle
I adored both Chaol and Dorian for different reasons (still do) but just know… The triangle is resolved and does NOT make a reappearance in the rest of the series. It worries me at first but don’t let this be a deterrent!
3. The evil dudes just being evil for the sake of being evil
There wasn’t ton of depth involved in some of the villainous characters. But I’ll say this… oooh SJM is a mastermind and she’ll fool you more than once. Set up, baby, set up.
What can you look forward to then for the next books?
1. Celaena and her freaking awesome character growth
2. ….and the fact that she gets way more badass
3. Learning so much more about her past
4. Unpredictable plot line
5. Way more complex villains
6. POV from multiple characters
7. The fact that way more shit is going on than you realize
8. Your heart will be mended (after SJM rips it out a bit first…)
9. Characters that are layered and make realistic mistakes
10. Fast paced action and intensity that grows with each book
So if you’re one of the ones who quit after book one… let me assure you that the series grows exponentially from here. I’d say give it another go. I wish I hadn’t waited so long myself!