I had heard so much about Vish Dhamija that I just had to pick up one of his books. But unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. Either I just happenI had heard so much about Vish Dhamija that I just had to pick up one of his books. But unfortunately, I was sorely disappointed. Either I just happened to pick the wrong book or his books are just not for me. I am yet to find out which it is and so I may just try another book by the author to give it a chance.
I wasn’t expecting much from this book. Chaol Westfall is not one of my favourite characters, but I was expecting to see Yrene Towers again from the mI wasn’t expecting much from this book. Chaol Westfall is not one of my favourite characters, but I was expecting to see Yrene Towers again from the moment I realized that Chaol is heading towards Torre Cesme.
After the incident at the Glass Castle, Chaol was badly hurt. His agenda for Torre Cesme was not only to see if the legendary healers of Torre Cesme could heal him but also meet the Royal family there as the hand to the King. From the moment Chaol and Nesryn meet the Royal family, they knew that they had their hands full when it came to convincing the Southern Empire to join in the war. But there is something evil lurking there… whether it was awakened by Chaol and Nesryn’s arrival or something else entirely remains to be discovered.
I expected quite a bit of politics in this book as it seemed to me that the Southern Continent, which is yet to be touched by Erawan, is so far away from the heart of all the action that they would need some convincing so as to what was really happening out in the world. Arghun, the eldest Prince, also known as the Prince of Spies already has some information on the happenings in Adarlan and Terrasen. And as news trickles in, the group – including Chaol, struggle to keep up to what is true and what is not.
The book introduces quite a few new characters – Arghun, Sartaq, Hasar and Kashin among them. I took a liking towards Kashin at first who seemed more welcoming of the party from Adarlan than the others. But it was Sartaq who slowly built up a place of his own. I quite like the character of Hasar – who can be manipulative at times. But being one of the heirs, she has to be strong and manipulative if she wants to live in the long run. Nesryn got her fair share in the spotlight too. But it was Yrene who won my heart in this book. She is such a strong girl. It may not have been very apparent in The Assassin and the Healer, but she has some strength and light in her that makes her very likeable. And her experience with Celaena Sardothien only made her stronger.
This is a very unique book. I am going to try and not give away spoilers while trying to tell you about the book.
First off, the book is narrated fromThis is a very unique book. I am going to try and not give away spoilers while trying to tell you about the book.
First off, the book is narrated from three points of view – Me, Her and Him. Yes, let’s keep it that cryptic. The core of the plot deals with a girl meeting a man and falling in love with him while doing the simplest of things together. Now, you must be wondering what is new in that – such stories have been told over and over again. But you are wrong… The book is so much more than that baseline of the story. There’s a lot happening in the plot and it has an air of mystery around it.
The book’s USP is its narrative simply because of the way the author has handled it. From the very beginning the book takes a hold on the reader and as the pages fly by, it feels more and more intriguing and entertaining and the climax just sneaks up on you.