By Sarah J Maas.
Genre. YA Fantasy.
Series. Throne of Glass (#4)
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past…
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.
We have been taken back to the city of assassins blood and treason, and we have been thrown into the deep end. Book 4 has been really well thought out with Aelin and her friends joining the rebellion against the king and it is exciting! The plot has thickened in this novel and the audience not only gets to experience the current struggles of Aelin trying to save her kingdom and the content but we also get to experience a back story of why Erilea has had the magic vanish for ten years. As well as being exposed to this history Maas had added several flashbacks from Aelin’s childhood which causing a fair amount of heartbreak. Maas has also brilliantly started bringing characters that she has previously kept separate together, even mentioning characters we haven’t heard since Assassin’s blade (TOG Prequel).
In this novel, Aelin is not only trying to fight a rebellion but shes tying up loose ends from her past, the past that broke her and molded her into a deadly warrior. We get to see more of Aelin’s life before she was sent to the death camp, we start to see how her history and the people in it were not as simple as she first thought. Everyone’s story goes a lot deeper and more detailed making the readers understand and love each character more, not only is Aelin trying to add to the rebellion to free Erilea from the grips of a power hungry king but she must also face the past she left behind when entered the death camp. Giving her closure so she may be the Queen she was born to be.