Note: There may be spoilers for previous books in this series.
This is the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series.
Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, is trying to make her way back to her country and her throne, but first she must fight the forces of darkness that have arrayed against her, and that threaten to destroy the world. Aelin is not without her own resources. She has mighty powers as does her partner Rowan, and her friend Dorian Havilliard. They are joined by Aelin’s cousin Aedion, the powerful shapeshifter Lysandra, and two of Queen Maeve’s warriors, Gavriel and Fenrys.
(Gavriel and Fenrys have a blood bond with Maeve and can only disobey her indirectly. But they chose to do what they could for the group after Gavriel found out he was really Aedion’s father.)
Manon Blackbeak also eventually joins their party, and the group finds that Manon and Aelin were brought together by some force for a purpose none of them anticipated.
In alternate chapters we follow the progress of Elide Lochan. The book begins with Elide struggling to make her way through a forest, with orders from Manon Blackbeak to head north and find Celaena Sardothien, who is actually Aelin. Before long she is joined by the demi-Fae Warrior Lorcan Salvaterre, who has followed her. As Elide and Lorcan make their way north, they grow close.
Eventually, most of them discover they have been manipulated and betrayed by those to whom they gave their loyalty, their love, and their lives. Whether it is too late to come out from under the burden of these cursed paths is open to question.
Discussion: The sex scenes in this book were kind of cheesy – there was a little too much growling, biting, “claiming” each other,” and bodice-ripper lines like “She dragged her hands down his powerful, muscled back.”
The non-physical scenes of the growing feelings between Elide and Lorcan seemed much more erotic to me.
Evaluation: I am really enjoying this series in spite of a few complaints (see Discussion). The characters are quite good, and the struggles of the forces of good and evil are consistently compelling. These books are definitely not standalones, but should be read in order.
Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books, 2016