“We lose ourselves in books, we find ourselves there too."

“The Queen of Flame and Shadow, the Heir of Fire, Aelin of the Wildfire, Fireheart…”

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius as war looms on the horizon. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don’t.

“She was a force of nature. She was a calamity and a commander of immortal warriors of legend.”

With her heart sworn to the warrior-prince by her side, and her fealty pledged to the people she is determined to save, Aelin will delve into the depths of her power to protect those she loves. But as monsters emerge from the horrors of the past, and dark forces become poised to claim her world, the only chance for salvation will lie in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

“And she wondered if it were possible to love someone enough to die from it. If it were possible to love someone enough that time and distance and death were of no concern.”

Aelin will have to choose what—and who—to sacrifice if she’s to keep the world of Erilea from breaking apart.

One of the most incredible factors I am realising about this series is the fact that there are so many types of magic, but it’s still easy to grasp. The fact that there is a cost to such magic makes it even more believable. Aside from the risk of burnout, there is also a need for massive calories, exhaustion, fatigue, and inability to heal when magic is depleted is as realistic as you can get when talking about the kind of powers described.

“Nameless is my price.”

Of course, Aelin is growing and growing and growing, becoming until the end of the book the truest form of the queen she has to be. I loved her development in Queen of Shadows  more than I loved it here, even though she had some spot-on plans and schemes that had me a bit dazzled.

I love the independence Lysandra gets to have. And I love the faith she has in Aelin’s plan. She’s becoming better and better, trying to find out who she truly is and prove to everyone (including herself) that she is more than a pretty face. Even though Aedion is being a regular douche with everyone, including her, he actually manifests a soft spot for her and wants to grant her the world, even though he doesn’t know how to do it or when. And I think that’s sweet.

“You know, you ladies can let us males do things every now and then.”

Whom I really come to love in this book (truly) is Elide. She is such a sweet and witty thing, I love her and the enormous heart of hers. She’s proving her skills in this book, outsmarting everyone and taming the feral and lonely beast that Lorcan is.

“Even when this world is a forgotten whisper of dust between the stars, I will always love you.”

Now Manon. She has come to realise that she’s more than she was raised to be. She faces an unbearable truth about her and she discovers she’s more important in this big game of war-chess than she’d initially thought. She’s getting stripped from her Pawn duties and given the power the Queen has to offer. But she’s alone. She’s hurt. She’s suffering. She’s the persona non grata of the book. And an underdog. Everywhere she goes, she doesn’t fit in. She’s not welcome. She is not getting recognised. She’s not getting listened to. Though she changed. She wants to change. But even so, she really is alone and struggling. I bloody love her character so much!

Word of warning, I was practically breathless when I finished reading this book, and in complete shock at the cliffhanger.

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“Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen, knew the time would soon come to prove just how much she’d bleed for Erilea.”

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Until next time where Tower of Dawn is the next mountain to climb! Side note, these two books can be tandem read together but I didn’t – hence the separate reviews. But if you have tandem read, then please continue to Kingdom of Ash!

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D x

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