“We all bear scars,… Mine just happen to be more visible than most.”
Depending on how much you know of the series, this could be slightly spoilery for the series, as I mention how I feel about characters with later parts of the series in mind.
So I’m reading this for the second time. I never finished the series the first time, I got to Tower of Dawn and just couldn’t get into it. When I first read this book five years ago, I wasn’t overly enamoured – I remember finding Celaena a bit bratty and immature, and I felt like there were teases but not a whole lot happening.
There’s a tournament that doesn’t get a lot of coverage, a mystery that’s not really that mysterious, and, one of my most hated tropes, the formations of a love triangle. I did adore the next in the series when I gave it a go though after – as so many people loved the series I gave it another chance – but Throne of Glass didn’t do it for me.
This time – I don’t know if its I can spot all the foreshadowing and know what’s coming, or that I just needed something like this in the midst of the pandemic – I loved this book! My heart still aches for Dorian. I still like Chaol – as I remember growing to not like him so much, I think that was part of my problem with Tower of Dawn. I adored Nehemia last time, but I feel like I kept my distance a bit with her. And Celaena came off better to me this time.
I couldn’t put this book down, it wasn’t even meant to be on my TBR this month. I decided maybe it was time to restart and finish the series on a whim when I found it was available to rent on my libraries ebook app – I’d lost my paperback sometime after attempting to give it my sister.
I’m possibly overrating this book right now – but I’m just blown away by how differently I feel about it upon rereading. I still, at this point, prefer the ACOTAR series though.
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