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.
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.
This was my re-read in preparation for the release of Kingdom of Ash! 2 more days people! So exciting but also utterly terrifying. I’ve steered well clear of any and all spoilers because I just want to immerse myself in the whole story when I finally get my hands on it, I want to be surprised.
Anyway back to EoS, the first time I read this book I don’t think I fully appreciated the book as a whole, I had a lot going on and it took me ages to finish it, but this time I just felt more connected with the characters and the story. I think it was harder to read the second time on an emotional level because I knew when all the bad was going to happen.
Aelin is such a fantastic character, the many different versions of her are just amazing, she manages to keep her shit together even when she knows things are bad and not just that she plans for the worst case scenarios too. But she is not perfect, she keeps a lot from the people she loves, and I don’t think she has a full understanding of how that really affects them. I adore her relationship with Rowan, they are so perfect for one another. When I began the series and she was going from Dorian to Chaol – I didn’t like her with either of them and then Rowan showed up and I thought finally, finally, we have a character that can handle her even at her worst and he accepts her for who she is.
I have to admit though that I did skip the Lorcan and Elide parts this time… I know, I know I can almost hear the screams of outcry, but well they aren’t my favorites… so moving swiftly on… Manon and Dorian, I totally team Marian… that’s a thing right? I don’t know why but I love them together.. it makes sense…I can’t wait for Chaol’s reaction.
I just loved and hated this book, it’s so good but that ending is so gut-wrenching…as I said before it was harder to read those last few chapters again because I knew how awful they were…
“Where is Aelin.
Where is my wife?”
These words gut me every. single. time. I hope KoA has a happy ending, I don’t think my heart will cope otherwise!
I could go on for days about this books but I’ll wrap it up here, because I feel like I have rambled a lot rather than written a proper review but hey ho!
My Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟