Warning, if you haven't read the first two THIS WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS!
Also, this is the best book I've read this year
Why Did I Pick It Up: Because it FINALLY came in and I was dying after reading the first too ...
Favorite Character: Rowan, from the moment we meet him in the marketplace (no joke)
Suggested Age Range: A little sex, a little (lot?) violent
The Good: I'm jittery starting to write this review because I'll never do the book justice. I want to become best friends with Sarah J. Maas, just so we can gush about her books (and, obviously, so I can read them first).
I expected to not connect with this book. Celaena is off on some island somewhere to do the King's bidding and we are all pretty sure she isn't coming back. Chaol hates her, Dorian seems so indifferent, and she is all spit and fire. There is trouble at home and no one is going to go running off to get her. I was ready to be like, I'm done with this series, she and Chaol are over, I don't like Celaena and Dorian, so I'm done. Boy, was I wrong.
This is the best book I've read this year. This book reminds me that YA authors can drive a plot and make characters powerful, emotional, and interesting without being in love. I usually like the romance because it makes weak plots so much better (not that this is a problem for Maas' books). I DON'T EVEN MISS CHAOL.
Celaena is off to find out who she is, meet the fairy people, take revenge, become all she is meant to be ... now that she knows what it is. Chaol is trying to pull lose ends together so he can go be all his father wants him to be. Dorian is enjoying his life with his new "friend" and trying to get a grasp on his powers. Manon, a new character, is evil and deadly, yet human in a very witchy kind of way.
Rowan, another new character, is a pissy, silent but deadly, fairy of few words who enjoys beating Celaena into a pulp all in the name of "training." This might sound like what Celaena went through with Chaol in the first book, but it isn't. Oh it is so different. For the longest time you are sure that Rowan is going to end up killing her. But, Celaena is stronger than that (which, in the back of your mind, you know too so that isn't a spoiler).
The Bad: This book switches between the perspectives of all the characters, which I don't usually like. In fact, I didn't really like it here but I don't know how it could have been helped. The storylines are so diverse and involved now. That is the hard thing about fantasy novels, there are storylines, and secondary storylines, and new characters popping up all over the place. You need charts just to keep it all straight.
The Ugly: This was the best book I read this year, there is nothing ugly except that I have to WAIT for the fourth book.
Who will love this book? Anyone who loved the first two ;)
How much did I like it? 10/10 ... yep
Will I read more? Yes
Bingo 2015: Book with 500+ pages