I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved how we got to see just how harsh the difference is between Celaena and Aelin. Her change from one to the other has been gradual, but seeing them in stark contrast shows just how much our beloved protagonist has grown. I also enjoyed the way the two worlds that we have seen intermingle, as the world of fae and magical courts collide with a much more familiar one of humans and mundanity.
It was also nice to see what was happening behind enemy lines as we spend time with the witch clans. I think that the way that their hierarchy is structured, although different to our own feels natural, and I enjoy how we see Manon begin to question her blind following of her grandmother and watching her remain true to herself at the same time is quite interesting.