Celaena Aelin has finally not just comes to terms with who she is but has embraced it and what she needs to do in order to restore order to the world for her people and loved ones.
There is pretty much a full-out war over everything Maas writes. You either love or hate it — and to the extreme of either. Some don’t like the “direction she takes” with characters or how she “twist a character to do something” that they previously wouldn’t have done or a character “changes her/his love interest” and your ship wrecked and is at the bottom of the ocean now.
Because you knew the character more than the person who created it of course. It would be silly of me to think otherwise.
Well let me go get my big red shoes then, because I think ya’ll are absolutely ridiculous.
YOU GET CLOSURE.
A lot of beef between characters get resolved and some people get what is coming to them.
You will stress out throughout the 600+ pages that is this book because lots of people get close to or actually die that you may like. Nothing happens without reason though.
Manon and Aelin meet and boy oh boy I hope you are ready for two alpha females getting their hands dirty. *PLEASE END UP ON THE SAME SIDE OF THE WAR OH PLEASE OH PLEASE*
There isn’t much to say that won’t give things away. All I know is that I am blown away by this series and will stick with it until it ends and then continue to stick with it.
So let me rant a little about the direction she takes, character twist and ship changes… It’s going to be a mess.
Direction She Takes:
I’m sorry, did you write this story? I think the direction she is taking with these books (both series) is superb. When I was finished reading Queen of Shadows, after collecting my thoughts and bringing myself back in, I was in AWE of how much thought she put into it before she even wrote it. You think she could have wrote this story on the edge of her seat and doing it as she goes?
The answer is NO.
She has planned this thing out. I bet she has a whole room of maps, story arcs, character development, pictures pinned together to make a new person… Like to me, this is J K Rowling planned out (because you know she had the plan for Harry Potter from book 01).
And believe me, as an aspiring author, it is HARD to plan out so far in advanced but it is absolutely worth it. She planned the spin offs, the break ups, the deaths, the heart aches and the final love interests from day one.
Twist a Character to do Something:
LOL. I don’t think anyone has acted out of character.
People are just mad that Chaol isn’t with Celaena anymore and they think that is out of character. I’m sorry, is his character development and live suppose to be dependent on his relationship with Celaena? Chaol is a protective, proud and strong headed person. I don’t see that changing. He wanted to save Dorian from… things that happened in this book when Celaena didn’t see that as an option. He didn’t care and was set on doing it. He was crushed by what happened between them, losing his title and position in the Castle AND basically found out everything he was protecting all those years was a lie. Wouldn’t you be in a little bit of a slump and grumpy? He gets better guys. Everyone is allowed to have a bad day/week/month as long as they get over it and move on and realize life is worth living.
People say Celaena acts differently in this book to. and YOU ARE RIGHT SHE DOES. She is no longer wearing her emotions and pain on her shoulders. She finally worked through everything that was holding her down from before book one and she realized she needed to deal with it and move on (not forget). I think that “character change” was a long-time coming and was something that needed to happen in order for people to stick with the series. I loved it. Why didn’t you?
Changes Her/His Love Interest:
I’m not going to get into this. For all those people who believe you only love one person your whole life… I wish you would get your head in the world you live in. I have had three separate love interest in my life. If my life was a book, you would hate the author because things happen, people grow, people move on, people need different things… I LOVE THAT PEOPLE DON’T STICK WITH ONE PERSON FOR A WHOLE SERIES. It makes it more believable, honestly. People “shipped” me with my ex(es) too but it doesn’t mean I’m going to end up with them.
Maas is a great story teller and writer. If you don’t like her stuff, then STOP READING IT AND READ SOMETHING YOU DO LIKE.