I began reading this series, Throne of Glass, with the third book, and was delighted when I got a chance to review this volume. In this tale, Calaena Sardothian has embraced her true identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen; but before she can go home to take her rightful place as Terrasen’s ruler, she must go to Rifthold to rescue her cousin, and a friend, both trapped by a brutal king.
Aelin, who was trained as an assassin, must destroy demons who do unspeakable things to those they enslave, and she must try to free the magic in the world that has been captured by the king so that magic workers can use it to drive back the forces of evil.
The reader also learns more about Manon, the Wing Leader of the Blackbeak witch coven, and of a young girl named Elide enslaved by her own uncle on the mountain of Morath. Manon can be as blood-thirsty and as cold-hearted as any witch in the coven, but something awakens in her when she is around Elide. She begins to feel compassion for Elide – a new experience for her.
Aelin, on her quest to save her cousin, learns that one cannot always judge people by what the eye sees; they are often hiding their true identity out of fear. This is a good lesson for all of us to learn. We sometime have to look deep into a person to discover who they really are.
The author has skillfully woven together the bits and pieces, both good and evil, of this fantasy world. She brings all events to a satisfying conclusion, and yet teases the reader into desiring to know more about Manon and Elide and possibly other characters from the Throne of Glass series.
This series is very violent, and is not appropriate for younger readers. I can only recommend it for those readers high school age and above. If you have read the other books in the series, you will need to get this one. It can stand alone, but it is best read in sequence.