Heir of Fire Read-a-Long

Happy April, everyone! And welcome back to my #TWOTOGCountdown read-a-long! This month we’ll be reading book three, Heir of Fire, and once again have a weekly checkpoint.

I will again be changing it up as I don’t believe my current following is large enough to get the participation I was hoping for and therefore there will not be any giveaway prizes. However, please feel free to read along and to take part in posting Heir of Fire related photos!

The Schedule & The Prompts

Below is the graphic (please feel free to share!) of the reading schedule as well as the photo prompts.

3 heir of fire

 

Schedule Prompts
March 1st – 9th:

Beginning – Chapter 14
March 10th – 16th:Chapter 15 – 28
March 17th – 23rd:Chapter 29 – 42
March 24th – 30th:

Chapter 43 – End

Wild Card – meaning do what you want to!

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TWOTOGCountdown on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to follow me (@WelshLucien / @lucieninthestars) as well as my co-host in this read-a-long A.K. Lee (@aklee_writes)!

Crown of Midnight Read-a-Long

Happy March, everyone! And welcome back to my #TWOTOGCountdown read-a-long! This month we’ll be reading book two, Crown of Midnight, and changing things up a little bit.

Instead of one checkpoint, I’ll be posting a checkpoint once a week to better break up the book and have some fun discussions. Not only that, but the photo challenge will have FOUR challenge prompts instead of one and FOUR winners will receive either an enamel pin or a bookmark that is Throne of Glass related.

The Schedule & The Prompts

Below is the graphic (please feel free to share!) of the reading schedule as well as the photo prompts. Prompts may be done in any order!

2 crown of midnight

Schedule Prompts
March 1st – 9th:
Beginning – Chapter 14
March 10th – 16th:
Chapter 15 – 28
March 17th – 23rd:
Chapter 29 – 42
March 24th – 30th:
Chapter 43 – End
Fighting Tools
Book & Candles
Brave Heroines
Mini Review

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TWOTOGCountdown on Twitter and Instagram and be sure to follow me (@WelshLucien / @lucieninthestars) as well as my co-host in this read-a-long A.K. Lee (@aklee_writes)!

Throne of Glass Endgame

We did it! We finished Throne of Glass!

And let me tell you, I do have some thoughts. So let’s start with the fluffy parts.

I was really routing for Celaena and Dorian to get together if I’m being honest. The way they kept sassing each other spoke to me and I was really routing for them. Chaol was a close second, but didn’t quite prove himself to me until the very end. Either way, I look forward to the other eligible bachelors I’ve heard about in this series.

But moving on to the rest of the book.

I enjoyed this more than I thought I was going to but look forward to how the series improves as we get deeper into the series. The dedication mentions the ye olde website of my youth, FictionPress, and to be frank, it does read like something I’d have been a fan of while scrolling through the pages. But, to be fair, it did a good job at holding my attention as well as keeping me on my toes for the final duel between Celaena and Cain. I thought some of the characters seemed a bit flat and the lack of background on the other contestants didn’t really give me a reason to care for them and made the ending a bit predictable in terms of who was going to make it to the end of the competition.

As far as the story went, I do really want more of how magic once worked in this world as well as more about Elena and Nehemia. That being said, the story moved rather easily from scene to scene and the passage of time progressed quite naturally (which I find can be a challenge in a lot of fantasy). I came to care for Celaena as well as Dorian and Chaol and I look forward to continuing to care for them.


What are your thoughts for book one? What did you think of the ending? What are your predictions for the next book?

Let me know in the comments or on Twitter/Instagram! Don’t forget to use the hashtag #TWOTOGCountdown!


And stay tuned tomorrow for the reading schedule for Crown of Midnight and the prize announcements!

Throne of Glass Checkpoint

So we’ve hit the middle of the month and therefore (hopefully) hit the middle of the book! So shall we do a little recap?

So far, Calaena has been rescued from her enslavement to compete in a competition of criminals that will grant the winner freedom from their horrid sentences as well as the title of the King’s Assassin. For someone like Calaena, it’s a walk in the park right? She was born to be an assassin, trained from childhood to do as such. But things are more complicated than that as someone – or something – is killing off the competition…

So far I’m enjoying this a lot more than the first time I attempted to read it and only got a few pages in. Calaena is cool in that she loves parties and dresses as much as she loves punching people’s faces in in a way that almost makes me think of Jude from The Cruel Prince (although the two are very different).

Chaol is super cool and I like seeing him and Dorian (who is bae at this point) compete for Calaena’s attention while also being like “DUDE SHE’S AN ASSASSIN SHE’LL KILL YOU” at each other. They genuinely come across as best friends and I’m really enjoying them both.

In this first half of the book we also got to meet Princess Nehemia and she is amazing! She’s smart, vicious, and passionate while also not having any patience for nonsense. She’s not here to play games because she’s definitely here to get justice for her people who have been so horrendously enslaved, killed, and otherwise mistreated.

As for the other important characters we’ve gotten to meet, I definitely don’t trust the king and I’m impatiently waiting for Cain to just die already. I do like Nox but want more depth before I think I can start caring about him. And, while I hate her, I also feel bad for Kaltain and whatever is going on with her and that gross Duke Perrington.

I look forward to finding out how this ends, now that the stakes of Celaena’s life have been raised with the finding of the tomb deep within in the castle walls. (Personally, I think it means she’s actually Fae and there will be more hints at a series crossover with ACOTAR but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see).


Don’t forget to follow @lucieninthestars on Instagram and participate in the photo challenge! While there won’t be any small prizes this month, there will be next month and I’ll make sure any January entries are included in that draw.full graphic