Holy mother of fire.
This book… I will not be right for months. If the next two are like this, I think my brain might break, guys.
Things really start coming to a head for Celaena and her friends here. We see just how sneaky and conniving Celaena can be, we get a taste of a few more territorial fae bastards, to steal Celaena’s term. Some people that I suspected were going to be important to our side proved themselves to be so.
Dorian seems… different after being occupied by a Valg prince. He’s strangely drawn to Manon Blackbeak, and makes the statement that he doesn’t like his women breakable. I think the death of Sorscha really affected him, as much or more so than being host to a Valg.
I’m still in love with Rowan. Why can’t I find my own Rowan?
We really start getting an explanation of what it’s going to take to destroy the Wyrdstones, and let me just tell you, I do NOT like where this is going. At all. Elena finally explains everything to Celaena, who had actually already figured it out.
I will say, after this book, I hesitate to label these as YA anymore. There’s a pretty explicit sex scene (a couple, actually) that make me feel like this belongs firmly in the “fantasy” genre without that YA tag. I feel like publishers these days tend to throw all fantasy and sci-fi literature into YA, whether it truly belongs there or not, which can put people off. I know people who flatly refuse to read anything labeled as YA, because “YA is all fluff.” That’s an incredibly untrue statement – sure, some YA is fluff, just like some adult literature is fluff (and not that there’s anything wrong with fluff, either – fluff can be fun). But a lot of things labeled as YA are some of the best things I’ve read in years. You know how they say “don’t judge a book by its cover”? Well, don’t judge it by its genre, either.
Anyway, Maeve finally makes her move in this book, that conniving bitch, and manages to kidnap Celaena. Celaena, who has made so many contingency plans because she’s willing to sacrifice herself and wants her friends to make the “right” decision and not try to rescue her. And all of this comes crashing down on them once they realize she’s been taken.
Of course, we all know it’s not gonna work that way. We know Rowan, at least, is going to go after her. Thankfully.
I’ve raved about Maas’ characters, but her descriptions of her settings are just as good. I never have a problem getting a clear visual in my head of the places she’s describing. This whole series has just been fantastic, and I can’t wait to see how it ends. It’s either going to make me incredibly happy, or incredibly angry, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Stay tuned – Tower of Dawn coming soon!