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I first started listening to this series because i found it was suggested on a "books similar to Harry Potter" search I did. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting much.
The first book was good. It seemed a little cliche at first, and it felt like the narrator hadn't quite mastered her craft. And yet, I downloaded the second book immediately after I finished the first. The second was better. There were some palpable plot twists, more complex characters, and the boom wasn't afraid to get a little darker, which I loved.
But then, bam, this third novel hits you like a freight train. Intense, emotionally and psychologically gripping writing. And the narrator has really come into her own. She's like a different person!
Honestly, never thought I'd be recommending this series so strongly, but you should read it. I'm downloading the 4th one right now :)
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
If you have read the other books... This is the book you have been waiting for. Not only was it a great story in itself, but it also provides a lot of the back story about Celaena, including flashbacks from her childhood as princess and early use of magic. The book is full of Fay, Demi-Fay, monsters, LOTS of magic, battles, betrayals, and on, and on.
If you haven't already read the rest of the series, then you probably won't get nearly as much from this book as you would have if you started from the beginning. Even if you haven't though, you will certainly still appreciate it.
Celaena spends the entire book in Wendlyn, where she was sent at the end of the last book. She goes through a great deal of self discovery and understanding while learning how to use (and more importantly control) her magic under the direction of a bitter yet likeable warrior Fay. Although she fears the power she hasn't been able to access since childhood, she none-the-less rediscovers how powerful and unique her gifts are, and how valuable and necessary they will be in defeating the King.
Chaol and Dorian tell the story from back in Rifthold where both of them, despite being at odds, plot against the King in their own efforts. One of the new characters, a cousin to Celaena and general to the king, joins the two of them in an attempt to destroy the King's ability to suppress magic.
A new character also gives a perspective of the kings plans from elsewhere on the continent, in a very interesting independent story line. Even though this character is completely isolated from the others, I have a feeling she will become a major player in the next book.
Another thing I liked about the book was that is wasn't just told primarily from Celaena's point of view (as in the last two books), but all the characters get an equal share of the story. In many other book series, I find this annoying because I really only care about what is happening with the main character, but the other story lines are interesting enough that I was just as happy to hear from them.
Although this book is (unfortunately) just as much of a cliffhanger as the last was, it at least left off in a good place. I also finished feeling satisfied given all that that happened, all the new developments, and all of the new material.
With as great a story as this was, and another excellent performance by the narrator, this is without a doubt worth the credit I spent...
19 of 24 people found this review helpful
words cannot express how utterly enthralling these books are I'm completely hooked. I read books 1-5 then doubled back and re-read 3-5 then read the prequel (the assassins blade) then carried on again reading 1-5 all without pause. they are SO ridiculously good I have no words. every time I read them something new comes to light. some new angle or plot twist or hidden delight is revealed they're Oh so good.!!! have not been this entwined with a series since the Harry Potter books. a must read! push on after book 1 the story gets so damned good you shouldnt miss it!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Love Sarah J Mass - read before listened too. Always listen to my books when I'm at the gym rather than music. Elizabeth Evans told the story beautifully!
One thing I appreciated in this book is how deeply and debilitating grief and guilt can be. Mass is not afraid to show her protagonist as flawed and struggling in the pit of her despair. This makes her return to form all the more exhilarating and satisfying.
Here we get introduced to some great new characters and settings, who fit in well to the narrative. Even if some of them are a little predictable, each have an interesting twist to their characterization.
Again, it's clear Maas has planned a long game for this series, and it's good to see some of those threads come into play
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I did listen to the whole book which is very easy when you have an hours drive morning and night.I got a little fed up with the setting the scene for it to all come together in the last few chapters. i believe this is very much a series written for teenagers and I think they would enjoy and relate to the language and sarcasm used constantly.
Yes I will listen to them all.
3 of 4 people found this review helpful