My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I picked up this book as an already die-hard fan of Sarah J Maas, having binge read the ACOTAR series earlier this year.
Personally, TOG has not overtaken my love for ACOTAR (okay, Rhysand) but all the same I can already tell that I will be speeding my way through this series as fast as possible.
High fantasy has always seemed like an intimidating genre to me. I like magic and the fae and mystical creatures but I’m not a great fan of the long drawn out battle scenes which can be prevalent in this genre. Sarah J Maas’ writing is perfect for me in this regard. It’s much more focused on the story and the characters and whilst battle/fight scenes obviously happen they aren’t self indulgent and they serve to move the story onwards instead of indulgently discussing every spar and parry for tens of pages.
Sarah J Maas is also the queen of writing love triangles and she’s an expert at writing flirty scenes between two people which basically leave you screaming at the book “but when are they getting together?!”. The romance in this novel set against the competition worked really well to lighten the mood and added an extra layer to the characters.
I can’t wait to pick up the next in the series and see where Celaena, Chaol and Dorian end up, especially because I’ve heard the second book is even better than the first.
This review was first published on Goodreads on 2nd December 2017.