I am so disappointed that I did not love this book as much as my fellow reviewers. I was not eager to pick up this book and almost contemplated not reading it; mostly because in the other Throne of Glass series I really disliked Chaol as a character and was not looking forward to a whole 600+page book all about him. To be completely honest, the only reason I finally picked up this book is because it was on sale due to the holidays so I figured now was as good as time as any to purchase and start it. As far as to why my rating is a 3 stars it would be for the following:
In the next installment of the New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series, follow Chaol on his sweeping journey to a distant empire.
Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the Captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the King of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken.
His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica—the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire. And with war looming over Dorian and Aelin back home, their survival might lie with Chaol and Nesryn convincing its rulers to ally with them.
But what they discover in Antica will change them both—and be more vital to saving Erilea than they could have imagined.
Chaol, I tried really hard to put behind my feelings about him from the other books but I still didn’t like him as a character. I did not feel like his character development was genuine and I still saw him as a moody, whiny character.
Yrene, I actually really liked Yrene and didn’t realize that there was a novella about her (which I will read next). It is not necessary to read that novella prior to reading this book but it would help give a background on Yrene and where she came from and that story is mentioned a lot in this book. I am very excited to read about her in the next installment fighting beside everyone.
Nesryn, I did not really have an opinion of Nesryn. I feel like in the prior books she was such a minor character that I just felt very “meh” about her but I really grew to like her in this book and I am definitely rooting for her and her happiness.
Everyone else: I do feel this book was necessary as a way to introduce the stories of all the new characters that I am sure will make an appearance in the final installment, I loved the new character’s and how bada** they all are.
Overall Thoughts: I feel like this book was a way to show why the Khagan and his army was willing to join Aelin’s cause but it was not enough action and too much focus on Chaol’s healing. I am unsure if I like the developments about what they discovered about the Valg as I feel as though it just complicates the already complicated story.
The final chapter was a redeeming factor in this book and it pumped me up even more for the final book which I will read as soon as it comes out. I am glad that I did decide to read this book as I feel well prepared and up to date on everything for what is to come in the final book. September can’t come fast enough!