If you follow me on Twitter, then you know that I’ve been reading the THRONE OF GLASS series. This series was recommended to me by sooooo many people including this blog’s other writer, Gabi, and my best friend from school. I had very high expectations going in and these books met EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Here are my thoughts and gushings on each book!
WARNING: SPOILERS! ONLY READ IF YOU’VE READ THE SERIES!
This prequel was AH-MAZ-ING. Celaena is such a bad-ass! This book is great insight into her past as Adarlan’s Assassin. AND OMG SAM. SAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM. I love Sam SO MUCH. I cried and cried and cried.
It took so much for Celaena to open up her heart to someone and then she barely got any time with him. They decided to wait to have sex because they “had all the time in the world” and then HE DIED!!!!!!!! WHAT KIND OF CRUEL TRICK ARE YOU PULLING ON ME, SARAH J MAAS??????
I loved all of the stories and Celaena’s adventures and all the people she meets along the way.
Talk about a start to a series. Normally, I struggle with high fantasy books (expect a post on this later) but for this one, I was able to jump right in with no problems. I instantly became invested in the characters. In this book, I shipped Celaena and Dorian SO HARD. I was convinced that they were meant to be together forever and were perfect for each other. I was pretty crushed at the end when Celaena ended it.
Oh how silly you were, three-week ago Deanna!
I also loved Nehemia and Chaol. They were great friends and advisors for Celaena during her time at the palace.
This was an epic sequel! So much happened! Let’s start with romance. I started this book still pining for Celorian but…Chaolaena happened. I honestly think Sarah J. Maas has the ultimate power over my ships. Whoever she writes Celaena with, that’s who I will ship. She controls me!
Celaena and Chaol truly loved each other and they were good together. In this book, Dorian and Celaena forged a powerful friendship despite the odds and their tricky romantic past. I thought Dorian was a great sport about the whole Celaena-Chaol thing, considering he still loved Celaena for the first say 40% of the book. When Nehemia died and Celaena lashed out at Chaol, I wanted to kill her! I seriously hated Celaena for the last third of this book. She jumped to conclusions and wound up hurting a lot of people. Celaena, Celaena, what ever will I do with you?
This is the book in the series when the high fantasy elements (magic, demons, faeries, etc) really gained importance. The transition to a HIGHER fantasy was done smoothly and without problems. It added a lot to the story.
THIS BOOK WAS CRAZY! The setting completely changed and we were introduced to a bunch of new characters, including Manon and Rowan. I didn’t like Manon’s chapters. They felt out of place and I didn’t understand how they related to Celaena’s story. I was bored and confused most of the time. Now, ROWAN. I hated Rowan in the beginning. He was cruel to Celaena and didn’t respect her.
By the end of the book, I liked Rowan a lot more. He developed a deep connection with Celaena and cared for her intensely. One thing I didn’t like about Heir of Fire was the lack of Chaol and Dorian. They had their chapters, sure, but it wasn’t enough. I loved the Sorscha story line and OF COURSE my heart got ripped out of its chest and stomped on by Sarah J. Maas’s gorgeous high heels.
I didn’t really ship Celaena with anyone during this book and I think that was SJM’s point. Celaena sort of forgot about Chaol during this time and I think that was good for her. It allowed her to focus on her training without letting romance get in the way. Heir of Fire was mainly about Celaena and her growth into Aelin.
HOLY ASDFGHJKL THIS BOOK!!!!! This book was a BEAST. A good beast, but a BEAST none the less. So many emotions. Let’s start with Aelin’s reunion with Chaol. It was pretty underwhelming. The last time they saw each other, she was getting on a boat and they had just gone through some major shit. Their romance and feelings were still very much at large. They didn’t mention these feelings at all when they reunited. In fact, Chaol was a jerk. He was a major jerk. He said some really mean things to Aelin. How could he possibly yell at her for “gallivanting around Wendlyn” when HE SENT HER THERE IN THE FIRST PLACE?
All feelings that I had for Chaolaena went down the drain at that point.
My feelings for Rowan took a complete turnaround from when I first met him to the end of Queen of Shadows. I can now proudly say that I LOVE ROWAN.
I ship Aelin and Rowan SO HARD. There was one scene, one line in particular that I’m not going to repeat, that made me blusssssssssssssssh like never before.
I just wish I had gotten MORE of them! They kissed, like, twice. And I had some SERIOUS worries about them *taking it slow*.
Ya see where I’m coming from? Let’s pray that SJM isn’t THAT cruel and won’t do this to us AGAIN. I started to like Manon’s chapters more in this book. I could make sense of them and the characters appealed to me more. Asterin’s pregnancy story was utterly heartbreaking and made me cry and cry and cry. The fight scene with Manon and Aelin was EPIC.
Aelin saving Manon in the end was a strong character building moment. Celaena never would’ve saved Manon. The whole plot line with Dorian being possessed was so sad! His chapters were torturous, knowing that my baby was trapped by an evil prince! *sobs* You have no idea how happy I was when they freed him!
Throughout this series, there was a ship that I was always aware of but never gave too much thought to. THEN there was a certain scene in Queen of Shadows that made me go “OMG HOW DID I NOT SEE THIS BEFORE?” That ship is…Chaol and Dorian! I SHIP IT SO HARD GUYS. They have always had this deep friendship and loved each other “as friends ” but IF YOU READ CLOSELY IT’S ALL THERE. CHAOL AND DORIAN FOREVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.
That’s it friends! Let me know in the comments: Do you agree with me? Do you disagree with me? Do you also ship Chaol and Dorian?????
Thanks for reading!
(Unrelated side note: Gabi, my coblogger, will not be active on the blog or on social media for a few days as she does not have her phone or computer.)