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- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA (5 September 2017)
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This book is a must read during your Throne of Glass journey.
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Regular readers of this series read on. Although do note:
1: This is not book six in the series. This is a story involving other characters from earlier books which takes place at the same time as much of book five.
2: Although books one to four were young adult novels, this, like book five, says on the back CONTAINS MATURE CONTENT. NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER READERS.
This volume runs for six hundred and fifty eight pages. It is divided into two parts. Further into sixty eight chapters. And an epilogue.
There's a map of the setting at the start.
Said setting is the continent to the south of the lands where all the rest of this series takes place. Where Chaol and Nesryn have gone, in order to try and get the leader of this land to help in the fight. Plus to try and heal the injuries that have left Chaol unable to use his legs.
They face intrigue. And Chaol faces the ire of Yrene, a healer who could help him. If she can get past her issues with him.
There are also answers to big questions to be found...
Sarah J. Maas writes excellent prose, which one again really sweeps you into the book from the off. The Chaol chapters early on in particular are excellent in their depiction of him trying to live with his disability.
Everything that follows is firmly character driven, and all that happens comes out of the action and interaction of said characters.
Character relationships are really achingly well done at times, especially early on. But this is a very slow burn of a book, one of those that keeps the threat level firmly in the background while people go about their business. Some of what Chaol and Yrene go on to down is a bit predictable, but well written enough so you won't care about that too much.
Nesryn's story arc is a lot less predictable, and certain things in that do develop very nicely.
As does the eventual main plot. Whilst the developments to the main narrative that come from this may end up being summarised in book six easily enough, this does get very interesting at points. And it does have some good revelations.
There are references to things that happened in book five every so often, so you can parallel it with that.
How essential a read this is will end up being a matter of opinion. But I liked it a lot. Despite it being slightly predictable at times. There's some excellent writing and great character moments, and an interesting and well realised setting also. It is a worthwhile detour in the series, and worth five stars as such.
However SJM knows best every issue I had with Chaol was address in this book. Also if this book would have come out after the next the final book this story would have had the prequel curse where I would have known everything that was going to happen.
I admit I was thinking about Aelin through this book, so I was glad to see her make appearances (only as mentions throughout). This is a great story tying up threads from former books and novellas. I think the “nothing is coincidence” is featured and shown perfectly in this book.
This is a great story about redemption, character development/growth, using left over bits from the other stories to make a great story, and characters finding their own place. Once again it the it is a great credit to SJM’s storytelling skills that she wrote such a great book essentially just the side characters, and made them shine. Especially Nesryn who definitely deserved better then just being Chaol’s backup (in more ways then one). There is also great description about the mental injury recovery, and how much of the process is mental. Anger, frustration, and guilt can be as detrimental to a person’s recovery as the cause of the physical injury itself.
As much as I hate to admit it these characters would not have had a chance to shine like this if Aelin was in this book. If possible this book has increased my anticipation for the next book even more. I can’t wait for the final book of this great series. I am expecting all out WAR, and one hell of a retribution beat downs to all the Vargs.
More importantly, for me, some aspects of Maas' writing style are really starting to grate.
'S/he could have sworn [usually something flashing in eyes]...' is one I've started finding particularly irritating. I started noticing it about half way through the 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' series. She must use it at least a dozen times per book now and it sets my teeth on edge and takes me right out of the narrative. I'm not sure why her editor hasn't stepped in (unless I'm the only one who's noticed!). The abrupt, short dramatic statements I can just about live with - although a little of this type of thing goes a long way, I find.
I think this might be Sarah J. Maas' best executed and most well written book to date. The plot was unpredictable, the character development that progressed throughout this book was mind blowing and I honestly fell in love with Chaol all over again; which I would have never though would be possible after Queen of Shadows. I absolutely hated him so much during Queen of Shadows that I didn't think he could ever be redeemed. But it happened and it was amazing.
“Don’t you waste one heartbeat being afraid of a coward who hunts women in the darkness.”
I was apprehensive right from the start when I heard this book was going to happen but hopeful and excited nonetheless. I might even go as far as to say it was worth the very long wait however, I don't know how I am going to wait to see what happens after this. No idea at all.
"It was agony and despair and fear. It was joy and laughter and rest. It was life, all of it..."
So many things happened that I couldn't have guessed would, they were so well done and it really made for an exciting read. The idea behind this was very clever. The disabled character representation is the best I have ever read in a fantasy novel without a doubt and the fact that Chaol's emotional journey was what took the front seat over physical, really I don't have words.
"It was like waking up or being born or falling out of the sky. It was an answer and a song, and she could not think or feel fast enough."
This book is definitely going to be required to read before the final one because there is a lot of key information gained throughout. Before reading it I was pretty clear on what had happened in previous books and felt that I understood the turn in which the plot would go in but after this that has completely changed. The big reveals added a lot to the overall story and answered many questions I didn't even know I was asking. So if you were hoping to skip on this one and wait for the last in the series I would highly recommend that you don't. You would be seriously missing out in my opinion.
"He didn't understand-how she could be so delicate, so small, when she had overturned his life entirely. Worked miracles with those hands and that soul, this woman who had crossed mountains and seas."
Overall it wasn't my personal favourite of the series but it comes very close to Empire of Storms and I can say that I think it is definitely Sarah's best written work to date.
I always loved Chaol even more than Dorian (unpopular opinion I know).
Not that I don’t love Dorian but for me Chaol was helplessly flawed but in all the right ways. Yes there were times when I didn’t particularly like what he’d said or done but let’s be honest most people who have read the ToG series will have thought the same about Aelin at one time or another.
So when I heard that Chaol was getting his own book it was a no-brainer for me to read it and I’m so glad I did because I loved everything about this book!
The character development of Chaol as well as the introduction of some new amazing characters like Yrene and Sartaq was fantastic. It may be cliche but Chaol really goes on a voyage of self-discovery in this book and, IMO, is shown for who he really is; a brave, selfless, caring man who makes mistakes but learns from them.
The word-building and descriptions of the Southern Continent are superb and really makes you feel like you are there (or certainly wish you were).
I think the storyline of ToD complimented EoS really well and linked them together brilliantly, and although ToD does not end on the sort of cliffhanger that EoS did (thank Gods for that!!! Not sure I could have handled another ending like that one) it does lead perfectly to where we left off in EoS.
I am now eagerly (if not patiently) awaiting ToG book 7......