Way Better Than Expected
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MY EXPERIENCE WITH THE BOOK:
I am not a fan of Chaol, except whenever something makes him sad. Then I crumble and I feel bad for the guy. So I didn't think I would enjoy this. DO I BELIEVE THIS SHOULD BE ALMOST 700 PAGES? Nah m8. 90% of Nesryns story should have been cut. It was boring. But I enjoyed watching the most Tropey Trope Couple of All Time: Yrene and Chaol.
Also, SJM fans know that SJM kinda gets hooked on sayings and then uses them 10000x in her new instalment. Phrase for ToD was: "piss-poor". Do American's say that btw?? I've only heard my mum and I say it, and we are Aussie.
Here were my updates (see where I go from meh to WOW I FEEL SO ATTACKED THIS BOOK IS IN MY SOUL NOW):
Chaol: so much happens to Chaol in this book. IF YOU DON'T WANNA READ THE WHOLE THING: READ THE FIRST FEW CHAPTERS, AND THEN SKIP TO PAGE 450. That's pretty much all you need. Although I'm not quadraplegic, I questioned some of the representation in this novel. Chaol goes through a lot of self-loathing, being in the god-damn chair. AND OF COURSE, (view spoiler) Again, I love these cliches. So I'm cool with it. But if I had ever experienced any form of long-term injury, I think I'd like to pull my hair out and gauge my eyes. So although I can be like WOW AW CUTIES AW SO HAPPY FOR CHAOL... I want anyone who feels like this book and Chaol's character was cheapening your experience of being permanently "disabled": you are heard. You are understood. You do not deserve to be represented in such a shallow way.
Nesryn: What a waste of her character. All that build up... just to fall flat. It's cool. I'm glad she inspired Chaol to realise what it's like to feel duty-bound to another person, and then having the "paths change:. Chaol's revelation of what Aelin went through in Heir of Fire was astounding, and it's all thanks to Nesryn's ghost of a character haunting Chaol throughout this book.
Yrene: I think anybody who hates Aelin and finds her arrogant will enjoy Yrene. She's a perfected, nice, soft version of Aelin. So yay perfect for Chaol. I LOVED HOW HER STORY WAS TIED IN WITH THE NOVELLAS. It made me cry. Also, if Yrene gets hurt in ANY way in the finale book, I WILL BE VERY MAD AND SEND SJM HATE MAIL. I will continue to do so until SJM resurrects the series and makes another book where it's just about Yrene and she's serene and safe and happy.
Sartaq: Hey this guy is Nesryn's love interst. He likes rutkins, which a giant ass griffons (basically). That's about it.
Hasar: Queen B, which stands for Being a little Bitch. But she's a big ol' lesbian. So that's great. But why, God, why, do all gays have to be evil??? WHY?
Kashin: Seriously what was the point of his character. WHAT. Was it to get Chaol to feel jealous, so Chaol can progress and realise his love for Yrene?????????