Hey, my darling readers!
I finished the actual Throne of Glass series, but let’s not forget the collection of novellas titled The Assassin’s Blade that acts as a prequel to TOG. Of course, I also had to devour that one. Let’s dive right into Celaena’s pre-TOG adventures!
The Assassin’s Blade consists of five novellas that recount Celaena’s life before the events in Throne of Glass. She meets the pirate Lord Rolfe, encounters Yrene, falls in love with Sam, …
The stories all serve as background information to stuff briefly touched in the TOG series!
First of all, bear in mind that all of the stories are just novellas, they are only loosely linked and don’t have as much scope and depth as a full-fledged novel!
That being said, I completely enjoyed The Assassin’s Blade. The stories are a nice addition to the TOG series and despite the short style, SJM managed to break my heart as well. (but more on that matter in my upcoming rant-post!)
Hey, my darling readers!
We reached the end of Sarah J. Maas famous Throne of Glass series. (There will be a review for the prequel novella collection The Assassin’s Blade, though.) I am both happy and sad that it’s over. This book was really intense. So, let’s talk about Kingdom of Ash!
So many things going on in this one. While Rowan, Elide and the rest of the cadre try to free Aelin from Maeve’s clutches, Manon and Dorian are tracking the Crochans – and the Wyrdkeys. In the meantime, Aedion tries his best to ensure there’s a least a bit of Terrason left when everybody returns…
Before opening Kingdom of Ash I kept thinking “If Aelin isn’t out of that damn coffin by page 250, I’m hauling my ass over to Doranelle to finish off that bitch Maeve myself”. If that doesn’t echo your sentiments, you didn’t read the book right. I thought that part was the most evil thing SJM could come up with, but boy was I wrong.
While the chapters concerning Aelin’s torture were absolutely heartbreaking, that’s not what moved me most. My favorite chapter of the entire series, as well as the part that had me crying the hardest, are part of Kingdom of Ash, courtesy of Manon Blackbeak/Croachan/Kin Slayer. I won’t go into detail which particular moments I mean, but if you read the book, you probably already know and are now in search of a box of kleenex to dry your tears.
Hello, my dear readers!
With Empire of Storms Sarah J. Maas wrecked me for good. Everything about it is just intense. So while I piece my heart back together, let’s talk about the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series!
Tower of Dawn takes place at the same time as Empire of Storms. We finally get to hear about Chaol’s adventures down South 😉
You know, prior to getting started with Tower of Dawn I had seen the cover on Goodreads and wondered why it was the only book of the series without a blond-haired chick on the cover. About 2/3 through Empire of Storms it finally dawned on me (terrible pun intended) that we didn’t hear a word about Chaol there and Tower of Dawn would probably be devoted to his journey.
After that realisation, I was both excited and annoyed. I really wanted to know what happens next (especially in terms of Aelin’s “situation”), so I debated just skipping TOD for now and going straight to Kingdom of Ash. Let me tell you: I am so glad that I didn’t!
Tower of Dawn is super thrilling and a whole lot of stuff is going on there. Despite some of the shit Chaol had pulled in the past novels, I was still rooting for him. I had my fingers crossed so hard that he’d accomplish his mission. Not just the one regarding an army but also concerning the situation about his legs.