My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I buddy read this with Laura.
She’s a trooper. She put up with me for like,,,,,, a month of procrastinating. Give her your GR likes.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK:
I am not a fan of Chaol, except whenever something makes him sad. Then I crumble and I feel bad for the guy. So I didn’t think I would enjoy this. DO I BELIEVE THIS SHOULD BE ALMOST 700 PAGES? Nah m8. 90% of Nesryns story should have been cut. It was boring. But I enjoyed watching the most Tropey Trope Couple of All Time: Yrene and Chaol.
Also, SJM fans know that SJM kinda gets hooked on sayings and then uses them 10000x in her new instalment. Phrase for ToD was: “piss-poor”. Do American’s say that btw?? I’ve only heard my mum and I say it, and we are Aussie.
Here were my updates (see where I go from meh to WOW I FEEL SO ATTACKED THIS BOOK IS IN MY SOUL NOW):
October 24, 2018 – page 574
86.97% “That has to be the most beautiful chapter I’ve ever read.”
October 24, 2018 – page 560
84.85% “- just when I thought Maeve couldn’t get any worse
– yay for Chaol
– yay fun for Yrene’s bday
ALSO LOOSE ENDS ARE TIED:
– Yrene is the girl from Innish who Aelin saved.
– Falkan is Lyssandras uncle and has been looking for her all her life 💔💔💔”
October 24, 2018 – page 500
75.76% “YAS a tiny bit of smut hell yeah”
October 23, 2018 – page 453
68.64% “That was an epic fight. I love when SJM gets her ships to fight. Also: MY BOY. HE’S… HE’S OKAY.”
October 22, 2018 – page 380
57.58% “Whenever the Fae are mentioned, I so desperately hope for a crossover with the ACOTAR characters.”
October 22, 2018 – page 337
51.06% “Every time they mention a wyvern, I miss Manon x1000 more.”
October 22, 2018 – page 337
51.06% “Part 2, baby!”
October 22, 2018 – page 294
44.55% “Ouch my heart. I feel sad abt Nesryn and Chaol.”
October 22, 2018 – page 287
43.48% “Wow that was an intense and long awaited chapter. We finally see what happened to Chaol and his father.
It felt raw. I’m glad we finally saw it.
Also he can move his feet yay!
Does anybody else wiggle their toes when Chaol does? No? Just me?”
October 21, 2018 – page 238
36.06% “Wow I can’t believe the SJM is going to antagonise the only lesbian represented in this series.
K so I wish Hasar ends up being nice.
Is the Antica culture meant to emulate India/Middle East? What do you guys think?”
October 21, 2018 – page 208
31.52% “Omg something’s working the magic is working
I LOVE MAGIC YAY”
October 21, 2018 – page 191
28.94% “Aw I ship Yrene and Chaol. Also this scene of Chaol teaching the women self-defence reminds me of another scene from SJM… but I can’t think of what.
Still nothing has happened.”
October 20, 2018 – page 134
20.3% “I love being in any SJM world… I’m so comfortable in her universe and it puts me at ease.”
October 19, 2018 – page 110
16.67% “Okay so nothing is happening but I’m not mad.”
October 19, 2018 – page 54
8.18% “Oooh I would read an entire series about Yrene! She is interesting.”
October 18, 2018 – page 0
Buddy read with Laura- please send her love and free books for dealing with my slack ass. She’s up to chapter 17 and I have yet to start.
I am so ready to read some SJM. I need this in my life rn. (hide spoiler)]
Chaol: so much happens to Chaol in this book. IF YOU DON’T WANNA READ THE WHOLE THING: READ THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS, AND THEN SKIP TO PAGE 450. That’s pretty much all you need. Although I’m not quadraplegic, I questioned some of the representation in this novel. Chaol goes through a lot of self-loathing, being in the god-damn chair. AND OF COURSE, (view spoiler) Again, I love these cliches. So I’m cool with it. But if I had ever experienced any form of long-term injury, I think I’d like to pull my hair out and gauge my eyes. So although I can be like WOW AW CUTIES AW SO HAPPY FOR CHAOL… I want anyone who feels like this book and Chaol’s character was cheapening your experience of being permanently “disabled”: you are heard. You are understood. You do not deserve to be represented in such a shallow way.
Nesryn: What a waste of her character. All that build up… just to fall flat. It’s cool. I’m glad she inspired Chaol to realise what it’s like to feel duty-bound to another person, and then having the “paths change:. Chaol’s revelation of what Aelin went through in Heir of Fire was astounding, and it’s all thanks to Nesryn’s ghost of a character haunting Chaol throughout this book.
Yrene: I think anybody who hates Aelin and finds her arrogant will enjoy Yrene. She’s a perfected, nice, soft version of Aelin. So yay perfect for Chaol. I LOVED HOW HER STORY WAS TIED IN WITH THE NOVELLAS. It made me cry. Also, if Yrene gets hurt in ANY way in the finale book, I WILL BE VERY MAD AND SEND SJM HATE MAIL. I will continue to do so until SJM resurrects the series and makes another book where it’s just about Yrene and she’s serene and safe and happy.
Sartaq: Hey this guy is Nesryn’s love interst. He likes rutkins, which a giant ass griffons (basically). That’s about it.
Hasar: Queen B, which stands for Being a little Bitch. But she’s a big ol’ lesbian. So that’s great. But why, God, why, do all gays have to be evil??? WHY?
Kashin: Seriously what was the point of his character. WHAT. Was it to get Chaol to feel jealous, so Chaol can progress and realise his love for Yrene?????????
Nesryn and Chaol just completely go on different adventures. Nesryn explores her home. Chaol goes on the road to recovery. 500 pass and they have fallen in love with different people. The last 100 pages deal with the Valg. That’s abt it.
There are two parts to this giant instalment. It also rotates between Nesryn and Chaol’s storylines.
– peace and power
– THIS BOOK IS JUST ONE GIANT INSIGHT INTO CHAOL’S BACKSTORY. THE END.
All I care about is:
I won’t skip this whenever I reread the series, but I’ll skim pages 100-450 easily.