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Please note: I am reading the series aloud with my daughter, so as we go we just naturally, out of habit, change cuss words to "gosh" and "darn.," and the intimacy scenes were handled as follows: "A., this next chapter has Choal and Celeana interacting like a married couple sometimes do in private. Shall we read or skip?" Reply, "Well, um is it very like detailed?" Me: "Nah, it's pretty vague." A: "Well, I know she shouldn't be doing that stuff because they are not married, but let's just read it...it's not like I'm embarrassed or going to act like that myself...ewwww!" (Love the sweetness this age!) Basically, here is my point and yes I have one... if you take the time to first, preview what you will read with your child later; second, spend the time to read aloud with your child; third, talk to your child & maintain open dialogue, all the time, about everything, just as though they are the adults-in-training they really are (not saying talk like you are buddies, peers, or equals), the content of a fictional novel is not going to become controversial or be outrageous to them, throwing them into a tizzy of misadventure and exploits! So yes, while, the series is for ages 14+, I still maintain that WITH parental supervision/accompaniment, this is an incredible series to read together!
****This review will contain spoilers from Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.****
So if you’ve read Throne of Glass, you know what Celaena is up to. She won the championship and is the King’s ultimate weapon. She can’t seem to decide between Chaol or Dorian (love triangles, yay). The ghost of Queen Elain keeps bugging her to change the world (which Celaena has no interest in), and you have Nehemiah off doing her thing.
So, let’s fast forward a bit through the book. When it comes to heroes, Celaena is literally the worst one to exist. She has no interest in saving anyone. She wants clothes, pretty things, food, and her freedom. Oh, and a hot guy to date. She’s selfish and petty (will talk about more of that later), and doesn’t really care about anyone.
Pros: Maas has amazing writing skills. I love the imagery. I love the sass. I love the intricacy of the series as a whole–especially when it comes to things that are mentioned and happen in CoM and ToG that are huge parts later on in the series.
Cons: So, originally when reading all of these, I loved this book. Now, I’m meh on it. It’s OK. The writing is great, as is the plot, but the problem is Celaena. Granted, it makes sense why she acts the way she does. She’s been a pampered brat most of her life and thinks the world revolves around her simply because she went through awful things. She is too quick to turn on friends when they try to do something she doesn’t like.
Chaol and Celaena were literally the cutest thing ever. I wasn’t overly fond of them together, but they were cute. When Nehemiah dies and Celaena attacks Chaol, I was really upset this time. Chaol, yes, messed up. But Celaena attacks him, this man she had been sleeping with and claimed to love, and tries to kill him. Chaol shuts down completely, and it hurts when he cries. I rarely cry, but reading over that scene where he does had me tearing up.
It bothers me that the whole fandom and the series itself looks at Chaol as though he started something, yet Celaena chose later in the book when she wants to acknowledge him as a person or blame him for everything. As a soldier, of course he would obey the commands of his liege lord over his girlfriend. Also, it wasn’t Chaol who kidnapped himself and made Celaena not be in the castle when Nehemiah was killed, but Nehemiah. If Celaena wanted someone to blame, she should have blamed Nehemiah for not telling her the plan (kinda the point of what Nehemiah did, though), and she should have gone after Archer and Grave and forgiven Chaol. But she didn’t. She blamed him and moped about it for almost a book and a half.
I don’t know, but I feel like with this reread of the series, I’m seeing more into Celaena’s personality, and I don’t like how self-centered she is and how secretive she is. She’s destroying herself by not saying anything to anyone.
This novel was rather hard for me to read. It suffered from Second Book Syndrome - a lot going on and being explained and yet not a lot happening. I like the lore and fantasy elements that are coming into focus, however a lot of the elements felt messy and thrown together.
I must admit that I'm also still rather indifferent when it comes to Celaena and Chaol. Celaena is still vain, shallow, selfish, and oddly unintelligent for the greatest assassin in the land. Chaol is increasingly annoying, ignorant, and pompous. Maybe they are made for each other. Or maybe they are a bit too much. I felt a bit like the romance really took over the novel. I wanted a lot more world building and just got a whole lot of romance.
Really, it's the story of the past and the fantasy elements that are keeping my interest. I'm really hoping as more characters come into the picture, I'll have more stories to be interested in.