As I mentioned above, I wasn’t a fan of Chaol. He was turning into a whiney man-child and I didn’t want to deal with it in Aelin’s life. Maas did an amazing job showing Chaol without Aelin and I really think that was important for me to ever like him as a character. I was never team Chaol.
This book hit home for me
I’m very close to someone who was in a car accident and went through paralysis and relearning how to walk. Maas did an amazing job writing all of the feelings, PTSD, and overall pain of healing. She also didn’t take the emotional healing lightly. I really appreciated that. This book gave more diversity to the series and gave the disabled community and amazing figure.
My heart broke …
… when Chaol was struck in the back again. He was finally walking. He was running. I’m not a crier when it comes to media but I definitely teared up at this point. My stomach sank and I just had to keep listening.
The epilogue left me longing for more
Honestly, I hadn’t really thought about where Empire of Storms left off until a few chapters in. I forgot this lined up directly with Empire of Storms’ timeline.
You done Goofed Son
I had a major face palm moment when Chaol tried so hard to lie but accidentally gave away Aelin’s whereabouts anyway. Oops!
Yrene has my heart
Yrene’s anger at Chaol and his nation was so real and apparent. Maas gave her a lot of humanity and character growth by having Yrene at Chaol’s side through healing. They played such important parts in each other’s lives and that is not an easy time to get through.
I loved Yrene since the moment I saw her and I really hoped she’d get over her hatred of Rithhold.
How will she react to her savior and hope being Aelin? It made me so excited when Chaol recognized Aelin’s handwriting. I cannot wait to see how hard she works for Aelin and the cause, not to mention Aelin’s reaction to Yrene.
I love the community of the torre
Even though Yrene kept to herself, the love of the other healers there was so magnificent. I loved the self love they encouraged as well as just womanhood and love for each other. They had each others backs, even if they didn’t know one another completely. Just YES. I would love to be a part of this community.
Now my question is … can only certain healers heal the valg or can all healers be taught, even if it takes more than one per patient? What will we see out of this?
I want to fly a ruk …
… and a wivern. But I mean, a ruk would be cool. Can I ride Kadara? I want to fly. I’m so happy Nesryn lost some of the fear of heights.
I complete shipped her and Sartaq in the beginning. I was super happy that Maas wrote in happiness for Nesryn, not just Chaol. She was used as a rebound so many times … she deserves happiness.
Yet again, Maas proves that she does everything for a reason. Maeve is a valg queen. WHAT? I thought she was just the fae queen, but it makes sense why she was so keen on getting the only item that made a person unpossessible. Is that a word? I don’t think it is. But it is now.
What I’m curious about is Rowan, though. He was her favorite. Did he ever suspect that she was valg? Her powers are darkness and she’s never shown a fae form.
If he guessed, does Aelin know?