Sarah J. Maas
Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.
After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.
In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all . . .
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(4.5 / 5) This book gets a bad rap because Aelin is missing from it. While I think that was a bold choice of Maas, it also amazes me each time I read it that I can be so entertained without the main character. Well done Maas.
At this point, war is inevitable and everyone is preparing. It’s done well with certain people and groups coming together against a common enemy and putting aside differences to work together. Many dismiss previous controversies and their confidences are placed where there would have been none before. It’s well written and optimistic to see!
Intimacy was much higher again in this book than the previous half of the series. Many people are finally admitting feelings, or taking leaps to love another. There were many I was rooting for!
And once again, it is amazing to see Maas take minor characters from multiple books ago and make them leads in this book. I loved the dive into personalities and grit and what drove them.
General content summary: This book (like the last one) ventures more into the NA (New Adult; 18+ age range and lifestyles) with intimacy. The violence is still high with little language, if any; Little to no language, previous suicide, references to intimacy, previous burning death, opiates, large spiders and attack, passionate kisses (multiple), detailed intimacy (multiple, brief), demons, demon attacks, physical violence and blood.
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