A glorious empire . . .
A desperate quest . . .
Chaol Westfall and Nesryn Faliq have arrived in the shining city of Antica to forge an alliance with the Khagan of the Southern Continent, whose vast armies are Erilea’s last hope. But they have also come to Antica for another purpose: to seek healing at the famed Torre Cesme for the wounds Chaol received in Rifthold.
After enduring unspeakable horrors as a child, Yrene Towers has no desire to help the young lord from Adarlan, let alone heal him. Yet she has sworn an oath to assist those in need—and will honor it. But Lord Westfall carries shadows from his own past, and Yrene soon comes to realize they could engulf them both.
In this sweeping parallel novel to the New York Times bestselling Empire of Storms, Chaol, Nesryn, and Yrene will have to draw on every scrap of their resilience if they wish to save their friends. But while they become entangled in the political webs of the khaganate, deep in the shadows of mighty mountains where warriors soar on legendary ruks, long-awaited answers slumber. Answers that might offer their world a chance at survival—or doom them all . . .
I understand why this book in the series has a different coloured cover. It stands out not just in appearance, also in it’s narrative. Just when I thought the series couldn’t take further twists and turns, this book proved me wrong. I was happy to have a break from Aelin and the battle ahead. I welcomed the world of healers and the introduction of new characters.
Sarah J. Maas has the ability to change my view of characters within a very short space of time. Chaol was a character who I began to dislike in prior novels, yet his strength, courage and emotional depth made me love his character. Arriving in Antica, Nesryn and Chaol not only aim to seek alliance, they request Chaol to be healed. Chaol’s healer is reluctant to help him, considering her family was torn apart by the King of Adarlan, who Chaol has served. The world of the healers is beautiful. A group of people willing to help others without expectation.
This novel is one of my favourites in the series and the way in which the characters change and grow brought tears to my eyes.