Celaena barely survived the competition in Throne of Glass, and is now the kings new Champion. Keeping up her end of the bargain, Celaena is faced with what the people closest to her think of her actions. An acquaintance from her days as an assassin crosses her path and with an unexpected turn in events, Celaena's world is shattered.
Betrayed by someone close to her, Celaena is now serving time at the salt mines of Endovier - a death sentence for most, except Celaena.
After the horrifying events that occurred at the ending of Golden Son, Darrow has now been at the mercy of the Jackal the past year. The Reaper is now barely a shadow of himself, as he struggles to get through each day in the never ending darkness.
Under the surface of Mars, a young Red, Darrow works in the mines. The lowest cast, the Reds are mining helium-3, as they believe they are making the surface of Mars habitable. The world of men is divided in a strict hierarchy that has placed Darrow and his fellow Reds at the bottom. At the other end, are the Golds - almost godlike figures that make the stronger and better cast, they rule society through fear and intimidation.
The Queen of the Tearling captured me right from the start, as Kelsea leaves her protected life in the woods far away from the capital, she sets out on a dangerous journey. A journey that makes her, and the reader, aware of how little she knows of the status of her kingdom. As it will turn out, not knowing much about what is going will be your mantra for this novel.
In King's Cage, Mare is now a prisoner - the king, Maven Calore, has taken her freedom, and her abilities. He keeps her on a tight leash, parading her around court
Mare Barrow is trying to deal with the betrayal from Maven Calore, dealing with her feelings for Cal and realising she is not the only Red with Silver abilities.
Mare Barrow is a Red, a normal human being, who lives in a society where they (the Reds) are inferior to the Silver Elite.
I am the type of reader that usually reads a book within a few hours if I really like it and can't put it down. So making this one last as long as I possibly could, became a real challenge.