Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak-but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth . . . a truth about her heritage that could change her life-and her future-forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
It’s been weeks since I finished reading HoF and I’ve been trying to write a review for it but I just couldn’t. I struggled. And I kept wondering why? Why was it so hard for me to write a review for this?
It was heartbreaking, yes, but The Burning God was even more heartbreaking and we don’t talk about that yet I was able to write a review for that. HoF wasn’t a terrible book either, so it shouldn’t have been difficult for me to write down my thoughts.
But then I realized why… it was really simple honestly.
I didn’t know what to say.
Heir of Fire was beautiful. So beautiful that deep down I knew that no matter what I said, it wouldn’t be enough to show my love for this book.
This is a journey of grief. Of pain, love, friendship, and finding your way back up to the surface after being buried deep inside a bottomless pit.
Celaena has been through a lot and it hurts knowing that this is only just the beginning of more pain and suffering. But no matter what, as long as there’s light in this world of darkness, there is hope.
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“She was the heir of ash and fire, and she would bow to no one.”
Death has once again made an appearance in Celaena’s life. After a shocking turn of events, Celaena has left Adarlan and journeyed to Wendlyn on a mission to uncover truths that have been hidden for too long. Secrets will be revealed, new forces will awaken, and… Celaena will have to face her past.
Fireheart—why do you cry?
“Because I am lost,” she whispered onto the earth. “And I do not know the way.”
The amount of times I wanted to cry watching Celaena struggle with her grief and trauma. It was heartbreaking as always. She was filled with so much regret and guilt, going as far as saying that she didn’t deserve to live–my heart * sobs * But in the face of all of this, even when she wanted to give up–there was always something stopping her. Or more like a certain someone among other things👀
And of course, there were new characters who played a role in her healing.
“I claim you, Aelin. To whatever end.”
Rowan Whitethorn–I can see why a lot may have hated this book and him so much. I despised Rowan. The way he treated Celaena in the beginning was absolutely despicable and the things he said….* rage *
But that’s what makes the development between the two so amazing. They went from “i-want-to-murder-you-and-make-you-wish-you-were-never-born” to “i-want-to-murder-you-with-love-and-annoy-the-hell-out-of-you.” Isn’t that such amazing development?? Ah, but of course it’s platonic love.
Woah, wait. I just realized that this is the first (and probably only) SJM book that didn’t have the female main character with a love interest??? ohmygod I am shook. ofc that’ll change in the next book but sdfsdsdfs
Anyways, I don’t really love Rowan. I like him, but not love. Maybe that will change when I re-read Queen of Shadows though. The scene at the end was definitely so sweet.🥺
“You do not have the right to wish she were not what she is. The only thing you have a right to do is decide whether you are her enemy or her friend.”
Dorian calling out Chaol was probably one of the best scenes when it came to their povs. I didn’t really enjoy Dorian or Chaol’s povs. I mean, I also didn’t enjoy Manon’s pov either ahaha although that’s no surprise (hence the 0.5 star being taken off). I was really only looking forward to Celaena’s chapters. thats no surprise either
Dorian’s a cinnamon roll and cinnamon rolls do not deserve to suffer * sobs *
Chaol was… Chaol. Struggling with all the change that’s happening and to say he doesn’t like this change is an understatement.
Sorscha was just there. Like I admire her and the way she was there for Dorian–because of that, I like her.
Manon was boring. I skimmed some of her chapters in the beginning because honestly I could care less. Although, I did actually like her chapters more towards the end.
Aedion’s loyalty to his queen is amazing. All this time thinking she was dead to find out she’s not and that ending-
It’s always the last few pages when everything goes to hell🙂
“She was Aelin Ashryver Galathynius—and she would not be afraid.”
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.
Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.
As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.
With unforgettable characters, sizzling romance, and page-turning suspense, this richly inventive new fantasy series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Sarah J. Maas delves into the heartache of loss, the price of freedom—and the power of love.
Rating: 5 out of 5.
SJM keeps breaking my heart over and over again and I keep coming back every. single. time.
I have a very toxic relationship with her books.
But I will never stop coming back to them, because stopping is like telling me to stop breathing. Does that sound dramatic? Because I’m dead serious. The day I stop reading Sarah’s books is when you know my angelic spirit has fallen and I’ve been possessed by one of those devils. cough you know who you are cough
And every time I finish one of her books, I feel like I’m overflowing with love. There’s so much happiness, heartbreak, and then excruciating pain as I realize that I have to wait a millennium for the next book. Oh, and the slump that comes afterwards💀
Curse all of you who told me to read this right now. Each and every one of you are devils.
I know some people found the beginning to be slow, but I actually didn’t have any problems with it. I found it perfect, learning about the world and the characters was beautiful. I wasn’t bored for one second and it literally makes me so happy because I was scared this wouldn’t meet my expectations. Shame on me for doubting this queen.
And don’t even get me started on the ending of this masterpiece. I did not see any of that coming (view spoiler)[except I had a feeling Bryce would have some special power and she did, which I totally don’t mind because SHE MADE THE DROP AND IS STRONGER THAN THE AUTUMN KING AHAHAHAHA (hide spoiler)] I was literally sobbing so much. What is it with the ending always destroying me??? It was so beautiful and heartbreaking, I swear.
“That’s the point of it, Bryce. Of life. To live, to love, knowing that it might all vanish tomorrow. It makes everything that much more precious.”
I’ve loved every one of SJM’s female protagonists, but ohmygod Bryce Quinlan totally beats them all. She literally leaves me in awe. The way she loves so much, and would live life to its fullest—that is until the death of her friends, Danika Fendyr and The Pack of Devilssobbing From there, she’s an empty shell of her former self.
And the thing is that we barely knew Danika and the others we were even warned smh yet it was still heartbreaking when they were murdered and watching Bryce in so much pain just broke me. Leave it to Sarah to be able to destroy my soul for characters that only appeared in the first 100 pages. Danika and Bryce’s friendship was so beautiful I could cry for eternity and still never recover from what happened. Bryce, my queen.🥺
Even heartbroken, she tried so hard to make it seem like she’s okay so that those around her wouldn’t worry, putting on the image of the classic party girl who doesn’t give a care in the world, meanwhile she’s slowly breaking more and more on the inside—
Okay, but the way Bryce is bold enough to snap selfies right in front of the Archangel, Sandriel, and can literally make the Umbra Mortis feel like he’s three inches tall is actually just too good.
The Umbra Mortis looked pissed, his arms crossed and wings flaring slightly, but Bryce just breezed past him without so much as a glance. Causing Athalar to slowly turn, arms slackening at his sides, as if such a thing had never happened in his long, miserable life.
I seriously could go on forever with the amount of times Hunt was so pissed by Bryce, especially in the beginning ahaha omg.
“Bryce was a ghost for a long while, Hunt. She pretended she wasn’t, but she was.” The helicopter finally pulled into the air. “You brought her back to life.”
From the moment Hunt Athalar looked Bryce right in the eye and told her to “calm the fuck down,” I knew I’d love him. I mean, who wouldn’t???
I can definitely see similarities between Hunt and all of Sarah’s other male love interests but you know what? Hunt is a thousand times better than Rowan and Rhysand. I love the way he challenges Bryce and tries to care for her, while at the same time not being super overprotective cough unlike some people, although there is still the 2nd book for him to act like that hopefully not He’s the typical tall, dark and brooding guy who has a tragic backstory—just like Rowan (altho he has white hair but you get what I mean) and Rhysand, yet somehow I actually love him way more than both.
Bryce’s relationship with Hunt is most definitely superior to all of Sarah’s other series’ relationships involving the main characters. Like the banter?? The openness of it?? The heartwarming scenes??? Perfection. I could literally compile all of their convos into a whole book and never get tired of reading them. Their interactions were pure gold.
“You’re my friend. Who watches trashy TV with me and puts up with my shit. You’re the person I don’t need to explain myself to—not when it matters. You see everything I am, and you don’t run away from it.”
Also, just… the shower scene sobbing it was so beautiful and heartbreaking and that’s all I need to say.
“The only thing I want to be called right now is your brother.” He added softly, “If you’ll have me.”
I literally love almost every character in this book, but of all of them, Ruhn Danaan is just everything. He’s such a cinnamon roll. So sweet and trying so hard to be there for Bryce after their falling out years before. That scene at the end had me crying so much. I love you, Ruhn.
Okay, but even though Ruhn is everything, I would marry Declan Emmet. Declan is my favourite i know, how could i possibly have chosen a favourite?? He’s who I’ve fallen in love with. Why you ask? This guy is a computer geek, master hacker, tech god (thinking abt a certain scene iykyk) and I love that. Plus he’s charming, gorgeous and super sweet?? I’ve fallen so hard for Declan, it’s not even funny🤚
Also being with Declan would mean I could be friends with Ruhn and Flynn🥺 I love the trio omg
Seriously though, can I have a Declan?? I’ve found a new book boyfriend omg😭 Oh also I want Tharion, too. Knowing that there’s going to be 200% more Tharion in CC2 makes my heart happy sdfsfs there can never be enough Tharion.
“Bryce, this is Tharion Ketos.” She stepped closer to the concrete edge of the quay. “An old friend.”
Tharion grinned at Hunt again. “Not as old as you.”
Bryce gave the male a half smile. “Nice to meet you.”
Tharion’s light brown eyes glittered. “The pleasure, Bryce, is all mine.”
Tharion is such a a flirt and I love it. I need more Tharion Ketos <33
AND THEN AIDAS. omg do you know how much it killed me after seeing how much the fandom loved him and then me finding out that he only appears once??? what. the. hell. So not fair😭 yet with that one appearance, I already love him. Not as much as Tharion, Ruhn, and Declan of course, but still ahhh he’s such an interesting demon kitty. And I love demon kitties.
🛑MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW🛑
I actually thought something was wrong with me when I had a hundred pages left, and I still hadn’t cried at all . Like there were some emotional scenes and I got teary-eyed, but no actual sob-fest. And especially after hearing from literally everyone I know that CC destroyed them, I was so confused?? nervous laughter little did I know that those last hundred pages would indeed break me.
“We were supposed to do this together. We were supposed to live out our lives together”
Danika being there for Bryce while she made the Drop ohmygod I was sobbing. The “Light it up” scene—I swear I wanted to die. And it was also 2am in the morning when I was reading this sooo💀
Also I’ll never forget how shocked everyone, but especially Sandriel, was when Bryce just casually vacuumed up the ashes of Micah. Best scene by far. Along with Hunt ripping off Sandriel’s head, of course.😌
Then Lele sacrificing herself in order to give Bryce enough time to be able to kill Micah- THAT ONE LINE. I SEE WHAT YOU DID SARAH😭😭 “My friends are with me and I am not afraid“the exact line is I will not be afraid sdfdsfs but close enough sobs Sam
Okay and finding out that Bryce was so close to jumping at one point after Danika’s death ohmygod that hurt so much and Juniper being there for Bryce before she did–I can’t deal with all of that😭
I keep saying certain scenes are my favourite BUT THIS SERIOUSLY IS MY FAVOURITE TOO. Declan, aka the love of my life, hacking into all the cameras & calls and livestreaming everything was amazing omg. Micah being exposed was the best part–or wait, everyone hearing Ember Quinlan act all smug towards the Autumn King, while he raged might’ve been the best. hmmm the struggles ahhh everything was perfect ohmygod I love you Declan.
OMG and the part where Bryce wrote back to Connor after having the thread saved for 2 years.😭😭 And Bryce seeing the pack towards the end omg omg I’m going to start crying again.
Bryce’s eyes stung as she smiled softly, then read through Connor’s last words to her.
“Message me when you’re home safe.”
Bryce began typing. The answer it had taken her two years, nearly to the day, to write.
There was one scene where I probably shouldn’t have been laughing and instead crying, but I couldn’t help it. Hunt trying to bring Bryce back to life and what he said-
“I heard what you said.” Pump, pump, pump went his powerful arms. “What you waited to admit until I was almost dead, you fucking coward.” His lightening surged into her, sending her body arcing off the ground as he tried to jump-start her heart. He snarled in her ear, “Now come say it to my face.”
I love these two so much ohmygod I’m not going to bother saying that I hope they’re endgame, because I know they are. There’s no way after everything that’s happened that Sarah would just ruin all of that in the next book, especially because Hunt and Bryce’s relationship is like Rowaelin and Feysand. Both accepted everything about the other and didn’t shy away from it. The only reason I could imagine that they wouldn’t be endgame is if Sarah kills off Hunt-
yea no, forget I even said that. Sarah wouldn’t dare🙂🔪🔪🔪
🛑SPOILERS HAVE ENDED🛑
So as you can tell, Sarah has once again destroyed me beyond recognition and I honestly think I’m going to slowly wither away waiting for CC2. At least let there be a release date. PLEASE??? sobbing I’m not joking when I said I curse all of you. I’ll have my revenge one day 🙂
Now you see, usually I’m all for recommending masterpieces, but for this…hell no.
If you value your sanity, then you will not read HOEAB right now. If you value your sanity, you’ll wait until there’s at least a release date for CC2. If you value your sanity, you’ll wait until CC2 itself is released.
But if you have no self-control and/or think sanity is overrated like me, then go on ahead. I wish you all the luck in the world because you’ll soon regret that decision.
“Through love, all is possible.”
Will my love for Declan Emmet have the release date for CC2 be revealed faster???
honorable mention: thank you krizzie, el, and mashie for listening to my screaming, fangirling, and terrible theories!! I still curse you three the most tho <33 ik, what an honor
I’m honestly so happy it’s April because April means finally the end of the semester and Spring break🥺 Oh, how I’ve missed freedom. A very brief taste of freedom at the very least.
Also, a book I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for is finally being released ahhh and I’m finally going to read books I’ve been meaning to read for awhile hehe. And then there are lots of buddy reads me and my friends have planned omg I’m so excited!! So many books sdfsds I’m going to make April the month with the most read books😤
Yes, it’s finally happening!! At long last, I’m reading House of Earth and Blood and ohmygod I already know I’m going to regret reading it right now BECAUSE THERE’S STILL NO RELEASE DATE FOR BOOK 2😭 Oh the pain, but I’m loving so much rn🥺 Athie and Bryce are everything.
This is so shaping up to be my favourite SJM book ever.
I’ve realized that I should probably stop procrastinating on reading my ARCs, so here I am. It’s said to be a reversed Beauty & the Beast retelling so I’m super excited to see how that plays out!!
It’s finally time. Time to re-read and to get ready for The Crown of Gilded Bones which coming out on the 20th AHHH IM SO EXCITED. omg I read FBAA back when it came out and fell in love with the story. Although recently I’ve seen so many mixed opinions and read a lot more reviews, so now I wonder how I’ll feel about this book 2nd time around🧐
Of course, another re-read of this😌 I’m definitely hoping I can get through both books before TCOGB comes out!!
I’m actually just so so scared of this book. Some people have gotten ARCS (so lucky ahh!!) and the reactions I’ve seen over the ending I-
I’m terrified😭 I can already tell the wait for book 4 is literally going to kill me. rip me
Also, I love that cover so much
Finally reaching the end of this buddy re-read and I’m so sad🥺🥺 I don’t want to part with Emi, Shiro, and Yumei * cries *
I’ve literally seen so much love for Skyward and I’m so happy that I’m finally reading it. I loved Sanderson’s Mistborn series so honestly, I have no doubt I’ll fall in love with this too. I’ve also been threatened that I’d be killed if I didn’t like this🙃
First of all, that cover is creepily amazing. A dear friend of mine loves this series and I’m going to be (again) buddy reading this book with other friends im committing myself to a lot of buddy reads hehe I’ve been warned that this series is going to destroy me, so that’s fun!!🙂🔫
And the ToG buddy read marathon continues!! As of now, Heir of Fire is my favourite, but let’s see if Queen of Shadows ends up beating that👀 I can’t wait to see more of my queen Aelin! ALSO ELIDE. I NEED TO BE REUNITED WITH ELIDE LOCHAN🥺 and Lorcan
I’m counting on myself to read all of this. All I just need to do is survive this week and I’ll be free of school and relax during Spring break. Ah, I’m also definitely going to try being more active in blogging and make up for March. I hope April goes by as slow as possible🤞
All hail Queen Nesta and SJM for making me love her so much
My favourite ACOTAR book by far
I don’t know what to do with myself now.
Like actually, I think I’m gonna be in a book hangover for weeks— no, months omg I cannot. This has to be the most times I’ve ever cried in a book I swear to god I’m still crying right now.
From the beginning of the book to the end…even the acknowledgments, all of it destroyed me. My heart—
This has been said many times, but I love you so much Sarah. Sarah, my queen. Sarah, my goddess. My love for SJM will never cease to exist.
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🛑Note: The first part will have NO SPOILERS, while the 2nd will definitely have SPOILERS. I’ll have a warning when it comes to that.
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“Everyone deserves happiness. The road there isn’t easy. It is long, and hard, and often travelled utterly blind. But you keep going.
Because you know the destination will be worthwhile.”
This is Nesta’s special journey. Nesta’s journey through dealing with her trauma. Struggling with the pain she’s been in and healing. Finding the ability to love herself.
I didn’t think SJM could write a better book for mental health than ACOMAF, but I believe right here, she did exactly that. There wasn’t a single scene where I didn’t feel like my heart was breaking.
This was such an emotional ride. I could actually relate to Nesta and while it isn’t as severe as her, there are times where I’d also hate myself and feel like I deserve nothing. And seeing Nesta deal with all of this — it broke me in so many ways. To have her in so much pain and think that she herself has to change in order to be “fixed”… ohmygod no I swear I cant.😭🤚
Then there was Cassian. I love how he wouldn’t give up on Nesta and even while trying to help her, he still didn’t let her get away with everything. He kept reaching out his hand throughout it all. But in the end, the only person who could heal Nesta was Nesta herself.
You can help someone as much as you want, but at the end of all that, it’s up to them to see past that darkness and find the light. To love themselves and be happy with who they are.
To heal the parts of you that hurt so much and hurt others.
im crying again dammit This book hit me so hard. I’m actually such a mess. I never thought I could love a book this much. Not surprised it was Queen SJM that did this to me.
I will never forget the impact Nesta’s story had on me. There’s no doubt that I’ll be rereading this so many times in the future. Already I feel like rereading. My god, what has she done to me sobs is this what love feels like?
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🛑SPOILER part of the review below. Do not go past this if you haven’t read ACOSF.🛑
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She would not be mastered by anything again. She was the master of herself.
I know I talked about Nesta already but seriously she’s such a queen. Cassian wasn’t the only one there for her. We’re introduced to new characters in this book and I love it. Honestly, it had to be my favourite part of her story.
Nesta’s friendship with Emerie and Gwyn was so, so, so wholesome and sweet. Each of them had their own past that haunted them and were afraid for the other to find out. But that’s exactly what made them fit so well together. That moment where they all shared their secrets with each other, realizing that the other wouldn’t be judging them…I cried so much not surprising omg it was so beautiful to see them open up.
Their love for each other was tested especially when they had to participate in The Blood Rite. I was so shook, I actually didn’t think they’d be doing it, but ohmygod that was so stressful. I was terrified SJM would destroy me again and kill Emerie or Gwyn. Thank god she took pity on our poor hearts.
Also, omg them training to be Valkyries dsfdsfgd YES YES YES. I LOVED that so much. And to see them in action during The Blood Rite against those bastards??? Perfection.but also really stressful bc my gurls🥺 ALSO THE FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS OHMYGOD I CANNOT. HEARTBREAKING AND BEAUTIFUL.
I legit hope Gwyn and Emerie play bigger roles in the next two books, especially ahem because I have some ships in mind.😏 Yes, I may be too early but I believe in EmeriexMor and AzrielxGwyn🙏
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“The first time I saw that look on your face, you were still human. Still human, and I nearly went to my knees before you.”
Tell me, what’s one of the most heartbreaking scenes you’ve ever read?
I’ll tell you mine — CHAPTER 50. That was so heart-wrenching, my heart died. My own sisters were looking at me like I was insane. But something even more heartbreaking?
That completely and utterly destroyed me. I was dying on the inside. Just thinking about him crying, is making me cry. I swear to god, I literally put my heart through torture reading this.
Seeing through Cassian’s POV is the greatest gift we could’ve asked for. All the flaws and insecurities he feels, I’m in so much p a i n. I adore him even more than before. He was there for Nesta and Nesta was there for him, my heart-
“Forgiveness is not that easy.”
“Forgiveness is something we also grant ourselves. And I can talk to you until these mountains crumble around us, but if you don’t wish to be forgiven, if you don’t want to stop feeling this way…it won’t happen.”
Hello? Please stop destroying me. Please, Cas.
“You don’t need to become some impossible ideal. You don’t need to become sweet and simpering. You can give everyone that I Will Slay My Enemies look—which is my favourite look, by the way. You can keep that sharpness I like so much, that boldness and fearlessness. I don’t want you to ever lose things, to cage yourself.”
STOP. THE. PAIN. * cries * Cas, when did you become so wise and give such heart crushing speeches?? This is one of the most beautiful lines I’ve ever read. No question about it.
Also, to finally find out what was in the solstice gift Cassian wanted to give Nesta — it was A BOOK. Okay imma stop right there, I’m crying again. I cant do this.🥺😭
(And Azzy & Nesta’s friendship…sobs beautiful. HE GAVE HER A FAELIGHT FOR READING AS A SOLSTICE GIFT. PLEASE, MY HEART-)
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“That’s the key, isn’t it? To know the darkness will always remain, but how you choose to face it, handle it…that’s the important part. To not let it consume. To focus upon the good, the things that fill you with wonder.”
“The struggle with that darkness is worth it, just to see such things.”
Am I really dedicating a whole section to The House of Wind? Yes, yes I am.
I absolutely love Nesta, but my god The House of Wind is the BEST part of this book. Absolutely amazing and kind. I didn’t I could love a house so much, but here I am.
Nesta wished for a friend and the House became that friend for her. It encouraged her to do more, pushed her to try more. The House reads romance novels. I’m crying, I love the House so much. And the darkness that swirled at the bottom of the library?? I can’t believe that was the heart of the House ohmygod please I love it. The way Nesta accepted the way it was, just like the House did that for her…sdfgdsfs I’m in pain. sobs too much for my heart.
AND IT GAVE NESTA CHOCOLATE CAKE AND ROMANCE BOOKS. What’s not to love about the House??? woah wait, why is this reminding me of celaena with her love of chocolate cake and books shook
The House of Wind is e v e r y t h i n g.
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“I went into the Cauldron, too, you know. And it captured me. And yet somehow all you think of is what my trauma did to you.“
(This is Nesta’s book, but I just have to say this.)
I’m guilty of this too, but I think most of us hated Elain because of how we saw her, being sweet, kind and useless…and judged her right away, forgetting that she also is still suffering going into the Cauldron and with what happened in the war against Hybern.
Just like Nesta, Elain has a different way of showing her trauma and that’s by hiding it away and making it look like she’s okay, using the image everyone thinks of her being–sweet and kind. It’s just like we all think of her and hate her for that. Everyone expects Elain to be one thing, so she acts like that BUT is that truly Elain?
So yeah, I judged her too early. (Feysand’s POV really helped with this too) I shouldn’t hate her right away because there’s still her story to be told. I’m actually excited to see that.
But even knowing all of this, I still don’t like Elain.🤷♀️ I understand it and everything but just something about her rubs me off the wrong way. I don’t hate her, but I don’t like her either. I have no doubt Sarah will make us love, or at the very least, like Elain next book.
Also, I seriously do not ship her with Azriel.
I believe Azriel and Gwyn would be such a beautiful pair ohmygod I’d love that so much. If the three brothers get with the three archeron sisters…no no no, please no. And I absolutely love the Azriel POV. My heart is hurting so much for Azzy🥺 He needs the love he deserves.
Omg every time he’d appear as the “chaperone” for Nesta and Cassian–omg I was dying of laughter. I loved those scenes. Poor Azzy having to deal with Nesta and Cas, tsk tsk naughty Fae. But the friendship between Nesta and Azzy ohmygod my heart, im crying it was so beautiful. Azzy have Nesta
Also, something else as to why I think AzrielxElain wont be endgame is because during the solstice dance, both Cas and Eris talk about how smothered/plain Elain is wearing black, which I feel like is SJM’s way of saying that Elain isn’t compatible with The Night Court and it’s darkness & shadows. ahhh I truly feel like she’s going to go to another court in the next book.
Also Azzy’s shadows disappear when they’re around Elain. Meanwhile, the shadows dont disappear around Gwyn…they come alive around her. I don’t know about you, but it looks like SJM is trying to say something👀 I stan Gwynriel
“I am the rock against which the surf crashes.”
“Nothing can break me.”
AND THE FACT THAT AZZY SINGS AND GWYN SINGS SDFGSDFD I CANT😭🤚
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“I’ll deny it to the grave if you tell anyone, but I missed you too, Cursebreaker.”
Helion is amazing sdfgdsfsdf I love him so much. I think we can all agree with needing more Helion these next few books. And for Lucien to find out the truth🥺 We need a Lucien book so bad omg so many books needed.
I’m so curious as to what really was going on when Nesta asked about Jurian & Vassa and Lucien replied sharply HMM I may be reading too much into that, but something’s going on ughhh I wanna know more about those three.
ALSO, ERIS. There is SO MUCH MORE to Eris then is shown. I really want to see more Eris and his story. I believe there’s a lot more to him and Cas even sees that he’s a decent guy.
Oh, another thing I forgot to mention was the fact that Nesta Made three magic weapons and one of them she named the sword Ataraxia, which means Inner Peace…I’m in love. I stan Nesta so much. She grew to be so much stronger than she was before annnnnd the tears are coming in again.😃✌
This reminds me of Feyre and Nesta’s relationship. sobs It brings me joy to see the two finally understand and show their love for each other. No matter what, Feyre wouldn’t give up on her either. She tried so hard to help Nesta and I love Feyre so much for that. Unlike cough some people cough Rhysand. I actually despised him at one point in the novel, it was so messed up. I don’t love him anymore, but I’m glad everything’s good between Nesta and Rhys now.
Although, I have to say that when Nesta apologized to everyone it irked me. Like yeah, she did say harmful things to them, but the Inner Circle did too?? Honestly, they should’ve apologized too, mainly Rhys and Amren but ah, that didn’t happen rage they should grovel at her feet.
Those last few chapters had crying with them so much ohmygod even though I knew Rhys and Feyre wouldn’t die sdfgdsfg TALK ABOUT STRESSFUL. To see them all in so much pain and fear broke me so much.
Their baby boy’s name is Nyx — please erase my feelings. So beautiful that ending. Dark haired, blue eyed Nyx.🥺 I’m crying god.
(Okay I’ll stop being an emotional mess.)
OMG WAIT. JUST ONE MORE THING I REALIZED. THIS:
THAT WAS AELIN. AELIN WAS THE RED SHOOTING STAR OHMYGOD I AM SHOOK FR WTH OMG I DIDNT NOTICE THAT THE FIRST TIME WHAT THE HELL SARAH. OMG YOU WITCH, I LOVE YOU. FDDSFGDSDF AELIN APPEARED OHMYGODD I CANT GET OVER THIS. AELIN FLEW THROUGH THE 26 REALMS
(Okay, NOW I’ll stop)
All in all, this was absolutely perfect in my eyes. minus the too much smut Sarah has once again made me fall in love with her book and now I don’t know what to do with my life.
I pray that the next book is about Az and I’m hoping that it comes out next year.
Thank you, Sarah, for creating this beautiful and inspiring story.
In the beginning And in the end There was Darkness And nothing more.
She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But does she have the heart of a killer?
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…
Rating: 4 out of 5.
okay, so I actually don’t hate Chaol??? Like before this reread I totally did, but now I don’t. shook
out of curiosity, does anyone actually like him?
ahaha I do get the feeling that I’m going to remember why I hated him once I reread QoS but maybe I won’t…? Until then.
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“The best lies were always mixed with truth.”
After winning the title of the King’s Champion through a deadly tournament, Celaena Sardothien is now doing the king’s dirty work tasks, while being silently judged by the others a.k.a. Dorian, Chaol and Nehemia. Little do they know she’s not actually…going through with these ‘tasks’.
For the king to discover would mean death — death for her and for Chaol.
Chaol, whom she harbors ~feelings~ for.
The question is, will she be able to keep up this charade?
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“Why are you crying?” “Because,” she whispered, her voice shaking, “you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be.”
I definitely loved Celaena way more in this book than the first — but it was mostly after part 2 that I did…for reasons you’ll know if you read the book. She was a lot more savage there where in the first part she was more like a lovesick fool. (not that that’s bad of course)
After the halfway mark, I was cackling like a maniac when I saw how bloodthirsty she was. Totally cheering her on, especially when she tortured said people that deserved it. what does that say about me? hmmm
This scene was one of my favourites ohmygod im wheezing-
“Then Celaena and the King of Adarlan smiled at each other, and it was the most terrifying thing Dorian had ever seen.”
But with all of that, she was also in p a i n. And Celaena in pain = me in pain.
And this is just the beginning — I don’t remember much of this series, but I remember enough of HoF to know that I’m gonna have to be preparing myself for the feels.
Ready for the sobbing.😃🔫
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“And he deserved someone who would look at him like that, even if the love wouldn’t be the same, even if the girl wouldn’t be her.
So Dorian closed his eyes, and took another long breath. And when he opened his eyes, he let her go.”
I’m trying to figure out why I didn’t like Dorian before, but I honestly don’t remember.
Dorian is such a cinnamon roll.
Like I was meh on him before but no omg I love him and I now see why everyone loves him. Even though this is a reread, I never realized how amazing he is. How could I not have loved him??? smh
He’s so sweet and the way him and Celaena were so cold and distant from each other in the beginning — sobs heartbreaking. I will never forget how SJM destroyed that ship in the first book.
And even after the way Celaena treated him in the first half, he was there for her in the 2nd half and that is just ughhhh he’s so sweet. I want more Dorian 😦
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“There had never been any line between them, only his own stupid fear and pride.
Because from the moment he’d pulled her out of that mine in Endovier and she had set those eyes upon him, still fierce despite a year in hell, he’d been walking toward this, walking to her.
And now finally, Chaol. 🛑There will be SPOILERS from this book🛑
My feelings for Chaol are bit complicated right now. It doesn’t help that I literally remember almost nothing from this series, only bits and pieces. I hated Chaol before rereading — I didn’t remember why, but I remembered that I just did.
So for like the first half of this book that hatred did not change. I was so not cheering for the romance between Celaena and Chaol like no, no, no. Just no.
And then he gets kidnapped, Celaena saves him and there she finds out that he kept the secret that the king was going to be talking with Nehemia. Nehemia dies, Celaena blames Chaol, I blame Chaol.
But I forgot that Chaol wasn’t actually at fault. I didn’t remember that the king didn’t kill Nehemia. IT WAS ARCHER. shook why did I not remember that???
Anyways, so really the only bad thing Chaol did in the end was keep away from telling Celaena that the kill was going to talk to Nehemia, and probably kill her anyways if that happened.
BUT I mean, you can’t really fault him that he kept a secret that the king told him not to tell anyone else. He has been sworn to the king for basically all his life?
Still, that doesn’t excuse that he kept that from the person he supposedly claimed to love. ehhh idk but it’s not surprising considering Chaol’s personality. So yeah, I don’t hate him, but I don’t love him either. (I’m gonna probably want to kill him in QoS)
Although I was laughing so hard to his reaction finding out that Celaena was Aelin AHAHAHA sucker.
damn wow, so I ended up writing so much about Chaol
I’m so so excited to reread Heir of Fire ahhh ROWANN HERE I COME. ALTHOUGH I DIDN’T LIKE YOU MUCH. I wonder how I’ll find him this time around.
roses are red violets are blue he gave away his heart and it got broken into two
wow i came up with that all by myself. i’m such a poet.
ToG fans you know who I’m talking about.
SJM destroying our ships like the queen she is🔥
The fool who once shipped those two so much has learned her lesson.
SO DONT BE LIKE THIS FOOL
(Oh Hisoka . . .)
I can’t believe that it’s been almost 3 years since I last read Throne of Glass and wow, did I forget a lot.And I called myself a ToG fan smh
Ahhh but I’m so happy I read The Assassin’s Blade because it made reading ToG so much more PAINFUL ENJOYABLE than the first time I read it!😭😍
Like I actually understood all the TAB references and it just felt so painful nice. I wasn’t a clueless buffoon who didn’t know about the 200 hundred slaves Celaena freed, why she didn’t trust having female friends, Arobynn being the bastard he is, and all the mentions of . . . sobsSam Cortland.
“She hoped Elena wouldn’t speak of what her heart refused to remember, hoped that the queen wouldn’t mention what she had spent so long forgetting.”
Celaena Sardothien—aka Adarlan’s Assassin just wow this girl is amazing and I love her. I mean I loved Celaena before, but after reading TAB, I could totally understand her so much more.🥺
All the loss, pain, and events she had to deal with at such a young age . . . damn, how does Sarah create such cool characters??? I seriously cannot think of one thing to hate about her. She’s definitely not perfect, but I still love this girl so much.😭
Plus the character development that’s coming in the next few books AHHH I’M SO READY haha except of course for what’s gonna trigger those developments * cries *
“He was done with politics and intrigue. He loved her, and no empire, no king, and no earthly fear would keep him from her. No, if they tried to take her from him, he’d rip the world apart with his bare hands. And for some reason, that didn’t terrify him.”
Now our soft boi Dorian Havilliard —aka the Crown Prince of Adarlan. Nothing’s changed except that I like him more than before. This bookworm and puppy lover . . . how could anyone not like him??? don’t hate the puppy lover
The moments between him and Celaena were so sweet and hilarious gahhhh I shall miss those moments when all is not quite as peaceful as they were then.😢
“No fair maiden should die alone,” he said, putting a hand on hers. “Shall I read to you in your final moments? What story would you like?”
She snatched her hand back. “How about the story of the idiotic prince who won’t leave the assassin alone?”
“Oh! I love that story! It has such a happy ending, too—why, the assassin was really feigning her illness in order to get the prince’s attention! Who would have guessed it? Such a clever girl. And the bedroom scene is so lovely—it’s worth reading through all of their ceaseless banter!”
“Out! Out! Out! Leave me be and go womanize someone else!” She grabbed a book and chucked it at him.
“With each day he felt the barriers melting. He let them melt. Because of her genuine laugh, because he caught her one afternoon sleeping with her face in the middle of a book, because he knew that she would win.”
Awwww🥺 Chaol Westfall—aka Adarlanian Captain of the Royal Guard. I must say that I’ve forgotten how much I loved Chaol before everything else happened. The broody, scowling, guard we all knew and loved. or i mean…maybe I’ll love him again this time around…?
I lived for those scenes where Celaena and Chaol would be bickering.😂 Now let’s see if CoM will renew my hatred for him hehe xD
Honestly, what I loved most was that even though this was a re-read, it felt more like I was reading ToG for the first time bc it’s been so long and that’s what makes this so much better.
That feeling when you’re reading a book for the first time…I LOVE IT🥰
I seriously didn’t remember who the culprit was for the killings until it was revealed. I suspected almost everyone because I truly didn’t know even tho it rlly was obvious smh
I love this feeling. Makes me really excited to re-read the rest of this series! Ahhhhh so can’t wait to have my heart destroyed again😃
(On a side note . . . I just realized how tiring it’s gonna be writing a review for each book. yay)
“You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”
Me before reading this: Why is everyone being so dramatic over this? I doubt it’s that bad . . .
Everyone else: Oh just you wait creepy smile emojis
Me after reading this: WHAT THE HELL YOU ALL ARE CRUEL. WHAT. THE. HELL. MY HEART I CANT I DIDN’T SIGN UP FOR THIS. I HATE YOU. ADFSGHJGDAF NO UNGODLY AMOUNT OF COOKIES WILL EVER MAKE ME RECOVER FROM THIS. I TAKE BACK EVERYTHING AHHH NOOOOO😭😭😭
I hate you guys.
I am broken.
I don’t know how to move on from this—NO actually, I will never be able to move on. THIS DESTROYED ME AND I DO NOT LIKE HAVING MY HEART CRUSHED AND STOMPED ON.
BELIEVE IT OR NOT, IT ISN’T FUN
I AM FOREVER BROKEN.
This will not at all be a proper review is it ever tho This will consist of me screaming every time I say or THINK of him.😭😭😭 SO don’t expect much from me except for that
It’s been a little over 24 hours since I read that scene AND I CAN’T GET OVER IT.😩 AM I PROBABLY BEING OVERDRAMATIC ABOUT IT??? YES WILL I STOP??? NO NEVER
To the outside world I look like a lunatic BUT EVERYONE ELSE WHO READ THIS WILL UNDERSTAND MY PAINN ASDFGHJKL I CANT STOP CRYING. I HATE THE SOUL CRUSHER AKA SJM.
Calm down, Lia. Calmm downnn.
Putting all my craziness aside, this was such a beautiful novella and I want to beat myself up for NOT READING IT SOONER. IM AN IDIOT.🤦♀️
And I’m currently rereading Throne of Glass right now and ohmygod . . . THERE ARE SO MANY REFERENCES TO TAB. The two hundred slaves freed, Ansel of Briarcliff, the Silent Assassins, and . . . Sam Cortland.
oh yeah, and this made me HATE AROBYNN A THOUSAND TIMES MORE THAN I ALREADY DID. THAT EVIL BASTARD DOESN’T DESERVE TO LIVE A SECOND LONGER
But omg rereading Throne of Glass right now I can actually appreciate/love Celaena way more than before especially after all she’s been through.🥺 I love this girl so much.😭💞
I don’t know about you. But ever since the first day of school started, I’ve been counting down the days until summer break again.😢 I hate this.
Being forced to learn a whole course in 2 months is not fun.😭😭😭 Nobody wants to cram all of physics and computer science in that time frame!!! I just want this quadmester to be done already😓.
The good thing is that I managed to get in some of my TBR before school began on the 15th, so at least this month wasn’t wasted!😆
4 – 4.5 stars!!!
3 – 3.5 stars!!!
I found some new favourites!!! Although, while they were favourite…. did the authors have to end it in the worst cliffhanger possible?!?!😭😭
Blood & Honey definitely killed me with that terrible ending (people who read…you know what I’m talking about💔).
OMG and A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is one of the best booksI’ve read this year and I’m so happy JLA is such a fast writer, because I don’t think I could survive waiting more than a year after that ending.😣😨
And then there’s me finally catching up to the ACOTAR fandom after finishing ACOWAR (which I loved) and ACOFAS (which was….okay). By the end of this series, Azriel, Cassian, AND Lucien better get the happiness they deserve.🔥🥺
This was honestly a pretty good month for me—well, before school started and all. I highly doubt that I’ll be able to get in as much in October as I was able to in September xD.
Who knows? Maybe my teachers will be nice enough to give me that free time🤣 (unlikely)
“To the blessed darkness from which we are born, and to which we return.”
My initial thoughts after reading this:
🔥LUCIEN deserves better.🔥
🖤AZRIEL deserves better.🖤
⚔️CASSIAN deserves better.⚔️
Ahhhhh I fear that my opinion on certain people might anger some, but ¯_(ツ)_/¯.
Now before anything else……let me explain.
🛑WARNING: SPOILERS BELOW!!!🛑
“You know nothing about how I’m feeling,” Nesta snapped.
Ummmm actually, Nesta, I’m pretty sure Feyre knows exactly how you’re feeling.🤔 But sure, it’s not like Feyre herself didn’t also feel death when her neck was snapped by Amarantha, after being brutally tortured through deadly trials. It’s not like Feyre didn’t also have to deal with PTSD and depression for months—and unlike you, she didn’t have people trying to help during that time until Rhys came along.
I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure Feyre suffered way more than both Nesta and Elain combined. I get it. The war left Nesta horribly traumatized and different people have different ways to cope with it, but if she’s going to do things her way, don’t drag everybody else into it, say…….like using up so much of Rhys and Feyre’s money?!?! I respect Nesta’s independence and strength, but she can also be a huge jerk.😢 Especially with Cassian!!! Poor Cassian wanted to give Nesta a Winter Solstice gift, but she brutally rejected it and just……my heart hurts so much for Cassian.🥺💔😭
BUT rant aside—I really am super curious to read about Nesta & Cassian’s story in ACOSF. We’re definitely going to learn more about what goes on in Nesta’s head (I mean, we all are curious xD) and some character development is gonna be shown, hopefully.🤞 With that said, I don’t think I can ship Nesta with Cassian, because Cassian deserves so much more love.😭 He’s been alive for more than 5 centuries, so Nesta’s not the only one dealing with trauma. Although the cauldron definitely did something to Nesta to change her so much, so her actions may not be all her fault🤔 AHHhhh I’m contradicting myself so much now.
“The Band of Exiles.”
“That’s what we call ourselves. The Band of Exiles.”
Oh Lucien.🥺 The characters here forget that Lucien also suffered during Amarantha’s reign and afterwards when he was alone with Tamlin, while Feyre was with the Inner Circle. And then you have Elainannoying the Hell out of me. She acts all cold to Lucien and complains about him not knowing her, but she herself doesn’t even give him the chance to!!! Lucien was forced with the mate bond as much as Elain was! Arghhh it just makes me so mad how Elain treats him. Lucien is 10000x times better than Elain will ever be.
I’m so happy that Lucien became friends with Jurian and Vassa. Feyre is surprised that Lucien doesn’t want to stay in Velaris, but I mean…….it’s pretty obvious that the others don’t really want him there, except for Feyre. Elain ignores him and 👿🤬😤 sigh I just really hope we get some more character development with Elain, because right now, I could care less about her. Lucien so deserves someone much better than Elain.(I’m shipping him with Vassa actually, although we don’t know much abt her, she still sounds better than Elain) And unless SJM manages to change how I feel about Elain, I totally do not ship her with Azriel either because again,Azriel deserves better than her.🔥
“A broken male. Broken from his own actions, his own choices.”
Oh yea and when it comes to those who suffered, it goes for Tamlin, too. Of course, Tamlin made some terrible mistakes (and regrets it), but when Rhys said those cruel words of “I hope you live the rest of your miserable life alone here” to Tamlin…..I actually hated Rhys a lot right then and there. Like the guy knows already that he screwed up badly, you don’t need to add on to his already self-loathing by telling him that! I hope somewhere and somehow……Tamlin finds happiness, too.🥺
Well, ranting is over now xD. If you read all that, I applaud you.😅
Otherwise, I did love seeing the rest of the gang having fun and somewhat at peace after the war with Hybern. They do deserve that at least, before the next problem arises, with the mortal queens and all.
The sneak peak to A Court of Silver Flames, gets me excited for February 2021, so hopefully, we won’t be disappointed.🤞
What we need is change……
There must be change if there will ever be hope for the ships.
“It is hard, and it hurts, but if I were to stop, if I were to let this loom or the spindle go silent …”
“Then there would be no Hope shining in the Void.”
“Only you can decide what breaks you, Cursebreaker. Only you.”
Well, this book sure broke me.🤧 Words will never be enough to express my love for The Court of Dreams.🖤
Sarah J. Mass has once again been able to capture my heart with her endings—the finale to Rhysand and Feyre’s story.
I don’t want to part ways with these two.🥺 I love Feysand so much.🥰
✨Thankfully, this isn’t the end to the world of Prythian✨.
🛑WARNING: SPOILERS FROM ACOMAF BELOW!!!🛑
After being betrayed by Tamlin to Hybern and watching her sisters be turned into Fae against their wills, Feyre is now seeking revenge trapped in the Spring Court undercover as a spy of the Night Court.
While at the Spring Court, Feyre secretly plans the destruction of the court from within and ruin everything for Tamlin. And on the other side, Rhys and his Inner Circle are preparing for an inevitable war.
For only one side will remain victorious……..
“Night Triumphant – and the Stars Eternal. If he was the sweet, terrifying darkness, I was the glittering light that only his shadows could make clear.”
Oh my god for real, though. Feyre was an absolute beast during her time at the Spring Court in the beginning of the book.😍 All her deceiving and making the others fall for her trap……she was such an evil genius and I loved it.😈
Especially when she’d make a fool out of that wretched creature, Ianthe. Now that, was golden👌 I laughing like a maniac hearing all of Feyre’s inner thoughts.😂 It was just too good xD. And when she finally killed Ianthe, I was just so, so happy.🎉 Death by the Weaver was a perfect end for Ianthe.😈😆 Muahahahahahahaha
“I would have waited five hundred more years for you. A thousand years. And if this was all the time we were allowed to have… the wait was worth it.”
Oh why is Rhys just so sweet?🥺 I’m probably going to be like the 300,000th person to repeat this, but I really do love Rhysand. His respect and love for Feyre and all her decisions will always get to me.😭
His protectiveness for those he loves is just so sweet, it breaks my heart—especially with him willing to sacrifice everything for them to live happily, even after everything he’s dealt with. And then there’s his sarcasm and witty remarks.😂 What’s not to love about Rhys?
“If I had not met an Illyrian warrior-in-training,” he said to Cassian, “I would not have known the true depths of strength, of resilience, of honor and loyalty.” ❂ “If I had not met a shadowsinger, I would not have known that it is the family you make, not the one you are born into, that matters. I would not have known what it is to truly hope, even when the world tells you to despair.”
Buuuut as much as I love Rhys, Azriel is definitely my favourite. Or maybe Cassian? Ahaha I can’t choose.😩 I love them both.😍 One is quiet and kind, while the other is loud and super flirty.😏 So looking forward to their stories!🤗
“When you erupt, girl, make sure it is felt across worlds.”
I loved learning more about Nesta and some changes in her, although obviously because this was through Feyre’s POV, there wasn’t that much. Omg I really want to know more about the power Nesta stole from the Cauldron. Luckily, ACOSF will be doing that.😁
Elain was mostly grieving over her lost mortal life and ties, but she did play a super crucial role at the end. Other than that, I really am curious to see what she’ll be doing and her character development in future books.
“If I had not met my cousin, I would never have learned that light can be found in even the darkest of hells. That kindness can thrive even amongst cruelty.”
And finally, Mor. I love Mor—there’s no doubt about that. And I was super shocked to learn a truth about her. After 5 centuries of dancing around feelings……the truth was finally revealed, and…..it breaks my heart and soul.🥺💔 I really hope certain people find the happiness they deserve.🤧😢🙏