I write this review with a heavy heart. First because I decided to review the box set as it was the one I purchased and I would like to advise people not to. I rather review the books as a collection rather than reviewing them as individuals because the box set is...
I write this review with a heavy heart.
First because I decided to review the box set as it was the one I purchased and I would like to advise people not to. I rather review the books as a collection rather than reviewing them as individuals because the box set is somewhat expensive and I feel inclined to share my thoughts so that maybe some of you will refrain from making the same mistake I did.
Coming into this series with no real information about the writer or the books in question was a risk but I found myself enthralled when I finished the first 4 books, only to be let down repeatedly by the last half of it.
In the box set the first book is The Assassin''s blade and so I started with the core of the series which was amazing, I was instantly all over Celaena Sardothien and how incredibly well-written she was.
Fun, young, arrogant and a kick ass assassin? Hell yeah, sign me right up.
Sam was an angel and I was skipping sleep to read every page way into the night.
The ending was jaw-dropping and I quickly jumped into The Throne of Glass.
Well-paced, fun to read and tons of things to love.
Captain Chaol Westfall and Prince Dorian Havilliard wooed me from the first breath and I was daydreaming about endless adventures that these three might have in the castle.
The tournament was a bit of a let down for me because from the description I was expecting a lot of duels and turned out the only one actually described was hard to read without stopping a lot of times. I discovered pretty early on that I hated seeing Celaena being hurt, and that was to be a thing with the author.
But the good thing was that I loved how no matter what, Celaena always took care of herself and how even Chaol told her once that she didn''t need anyone to champion her. I loved how he so easily read her and yes, I was a big fan of how things slowly worked for them during those first books. I was captivated by their quiet attraction and mutual respect. How he had such high morals that conflicted with his blooming feelings for her and how much she mistook hers for gratitude instead of genuine love.
It was awesome and that awesomeness carried on into The Crown of Midnight. My favorite of all the series.
Calaena being jealous of Chaol, Dorian being jealous of them, Chaol clueless to the flock of women watching him train every morning... pure perfection that lasted exactly one book.
I''ve been through this a lot but I genuinely don''t understand what happens after we find out about Calaena''s true identity and why Sarah J. Maas felt the need to ditch a perfectly established character in order to create Aelin and all that came with that.
To me it felt like reading two entirely different stories, like they were sisters and I was getting the first life story and then the second one.
Heir of Fire is the beginning of the end for me, or as Sarah so much likes to use in her prose: when everything went to hell.
It starts with the horrible habit of introducing maybe 5 to six new characters every other chapter (something that sticks to the very last pages of the series), the constant repetition of expressions. - I lost count of how many "rebirths" I read every time someone kissed or had sex. Not to mention how many times "my mate, my lover, my husband/wife" is repeated throughout the books in that exact same formation.
Sadly with each book I kept losing interest and the endless amount of side plots floating around made it worse. There are way too many romantic pairs spread across the thin amount of 4 books (even wiverns have mates in this), don''t ask!
The war that starts around book 6 goes on forever and since there are way too many characters that show up for a page or two I couldn''t keep track of who was dying and therefor not really care for them.
Tower of Dawn is possibly my least favorite of them all (right after Kingdom of Ash), because instead of focusing on an actual interesting culture and the few worthy new characters introduced then, Sarah decided to make it all about the most boring character ever introduced into a book: Yrene Towers, who''s greatest gift is not being the Mary Sue of the series but having the ability to make even Chaol Westfall seem dull. No small achievement.
As for the rest of the major characters, I never got to really connect to Rowan which is weird considering how epic and mind blowing he is supposed to be. By choosing a different approach to the mating trope Sarah actually made it hard to make it believable once it was out in the open. And also having your main characters suddenly appear married out of nowhere is a bit off-putting as well.
I wish Lysandra and Aedion had more pages, they deserved better. So did Nesryn and Sartaq, who got the short stick in this. I wish I had 100 more pages on them instead of having to read about torture and whipping so much. Even Lorcan and his consort deserved better, and Elide was a true hero and someone who did deserve a book dedicated to her. She saved the war and not Mary Sue-Yrene. What a waste.
Wish is how I would catalogue the series, it had genuine grand potential but it all turns into a giant mess and quite depressive to read, if I''m being completely honest.
I would advise you to buy the first 4 books and then slowly add the rest of them whenever you would find them on a good deal. It''s really not worth buying it all of them at once and the only reason I am giving it 3 stars is because the first three books were on to something and they do deserve to be read. The way the burnout is described in Heir of Fire and how Aelin fights her way through the darkness saves the book for me but sadly it burns out after that, pun intended.