Booklist: recensione : I libri di fine e inizio anno.

Scusate per la lunga attesa, e il ritardo di questa recensione , ma dall’ultima che ho pubblicato , ho avuto degli impegni , ma sono felice di dirvi che in tutto questo ho letto molti libri e sono felice di raccontarveli .

 

  1. L’Hobbit di J R R Tolkien 3425488_235694

Questo libro  è fantastico. Non c’è nulla da aggiungere.

Ce lo avevo da un po in casa ma non avevo mai pensato di aprirlo , ma questa estate provando a colmare il tempo che mi separava dall’inizio della scuola l’ho finalmente letto e….

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è stato come buttarmici dentro , letteralmete.

Tolkien ha una scrittura leggera e vivace che ti trasporta e ti guida in mezzo alle caverne più inospitali , fino alle foreste più fitte della Terra di mezzo come se partissi all’avventura con il povero Bilbo.

Ho preso subito in simpatia questo povero sciagurato, per sfortuna divina si è ritrovato in balia di un gruppo di nani e di un mago un pò sopra le righe.

E’ incredibile come il più piccolo essere riesca a cavarsela nelle situazioni più dure e ritornare a casa sano e salvo, e facendo scatenare una guerra lunga tre libri , solo per un caso molto gliellato .

Avrei anche il signore degli anelli , da qualche parte , impolverato solo soletto come un eremita….ma preferisco lasciarlo al suo ritiro spirituale che è meglio….

 

 

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2 . Cercando Alaska di John Green 

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Io non lo posso definire un libro. Lo sminuirebbe troppo. Non riesco a chiamare questo capolavoro altro che un manuale di vita.

Perchè è quello che è . Tutti nella vita ci troveremo nei panni di Miles , acerbi ragazzi e ragazze , che mai  una volta nella vita hanno  fumato una sigaretta o disobbedito alle regole , ancora dentro l’involucro familiare e subito dopo catapultati in un mondo che ci hanno fatto etichettare da sempre come “sbagliato”; tutti ci siamo trovati in questa condizione e tutti una volta nella vita hanno incontrato la loro Alaska Young , cioè la parola “sbagliato” fatta persona.

Alaska Young è quel personaggio che ci porta alla luce e che ci fa scoprire il mondo vero , quel mondo che ci hanno obbligato a rinnegare e che ormai non possiamo più evitare perchè sarebbe come nasconderci dalla realtà.

Alaska è anche il lato malinconico della trasgressione , giovanile , di una ragazza che non riesce a rimediare agli errori del passato e che passa da stronzetta senza paure  , a una ragazzina insicura e malinconica .

Il viaggio di Miles , alla scoperta della vera Alaska e della via d’usucita del labirinto della vita , è un percorso che ti fa capire gli errori , alcuni che puoi capire solo se li hai commessi , e del rimpianto della vita non vissuta a pieno.

E del perdono. Al perdono a noi stessi e agli altri ,  il perdono è la solo via d’uscita dal labirinto della vita e del dolore.

John Green ha creato un’ Alaska Young che interpreta la vita vera e spericolata  in tutte le sue forme e ce l’ha fatta assaporare e comprendere , facendoci capire noi stessi .

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3. Queen of Shadows di Sarah J Maas 

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Perfetto. Questo libro è quello che avrebbe dovuto essere. Mi ha estasiata , compiaciuta, emozionata , commossa come non avrebbe mai potuto fare altrimenti.

Per me questa serie può finire anche qui , perchè il mio animo disperato ha trovato pace, e dopo mesi di agonia , pianti sfrenati e sofferenza psicologica , vendetta è fatta!!!

Questo libro è stato uno dei più belli che io abbia mai letto in assoluto , vi giuro che ho minacciato mio padre per farmelo scaricare in Ebook , il giorno esatto dell’uscita.

Non ho aspettato nemmeno un secondo di più , le mani mi tremavano dalla felicità.

Anche se in Inglese , ho letto QoS , abbuffandomi letteralmente senza mai smettere  e in cinque giorni l’ho completato.

 

Devo parlane. Devo esprimere quello che sento. Non resisto più! Spoiler o non spoiler io non mi fermo più!!

Aelin dopo mesi , in missione su un altro continente , torna dove le novelle sono cominciate : a Rifthold.

Convinta del suo piano , prima di riprendersi il regno deve vendicarsi delle persone che l’hanno fatta diventare un mostro.

Scoprendo cosa è successo in città dopo la sua assenza , Aelin è presa dallo stupore e dalla rabbia per la cattura di Aedion e Dorian , e scarica , naturalmente la sua furia frustrata su Chaol , che non si sa come, ha cominciato a fare veramente qualcosa.

Dovendo rinunciare ai suoi piani di vendetta Aelin è costretta  a scendere a patti con Arobynn e a ritrovarsi con vecchie amicizie.

Qui dopo tanto tempo ritroviamo Lysandra, che non ci crederete , ma è diventata il mio personaggio preferito in assoluto. (ps io la scippo infinitamente con Aedion e spero che alla fine di questa saga , qui succeda qualcosa..).

 

Lo so , quelli che hanno letto le novelle penseranno , ” ma che ti sei fumata?!”, ma solo leggendo il libro capirete !

Chaol , ormai a capo di una banda di ribelli , si vede costretto a tenere nascosti , e a fallire , i suoi piani di liberazione del Principe a Aelin , che gli ha letteralmente e brutalmente schiaffeggiato la verità in faccia.

 

Ok premetto e lo dico chiaro e tondo , più che altro per non illudere i vostri cuoricini speranzosi…Chaolaena è sotto terra , Chaolaelin non è mai proprio esistita.

dopo questa rivelazione potete fermarvi un minuto e piangere fino allo sfinimento se proprio ne avete bisogno…..

Ok, dopo questo momento di silenzio molto sentito proseguiamo;

Il nostro sconsolato capitano/mollato/solo come un cane è accompagnato da una versione femminile di Legolas ,solo però con i capelli scuri; io ho adorato Nesryn fino all’ultimo capitolo, ed è riuscita a fare l’impossibile: dare un senso a Chaol .

Infatti il nostro amichetto dopo essersi depresso per quasi mezzo libro , comincia finalmente a trovare la sua compagnia stimolate…e non aggiungo altro.

( io li shippo un botto).

Intanto dopo un entrata quasi spettacolare , con tanto di fumo allucinogeno , la nostra Aelin / Machete/ Fire-bitch-queen , travestita da ballerina, si intruffola alla festa di compleanno del nostro Principe posseduto e davanti a tutti libera il nostro amatissimo , Aedion .

La riunione è stata la cosa più commovente (e esilarante)scena mai letta.

Non riesco a spiegarvela.

Peccato che il momento viene interrotto, dal nostro principe/strafigo/fae che d’improvviso ,spinto da una nostalgia , corre a ritrovare la sua regina.

Questo uomo mi ha sconvolto la vita, un attimo non c’è e un’attimo dopo succede il finimondo.

Comincia persino a vedere Aelin come una donna , più che come un furetto , e poi si accendono le scintille e ……

Spazio all’immaginazione.

E poi la parte che mia commosso di più. Lo sapevo che sarebbe successo. Ho aspettato questo momento da quasi un anno e finalmente è avvenuto.

La scena in cui Aelin va alla tomba di Sam e gli dichiara il suo eterno amore, sara scolpito dentro la mia mente per sempre.

L’ho sempre saputo. Aelin o Celaena , non ha importanza , Sam era il suo “suol mate” e questo lo ha provato.

non posso dirvi di più .

Tranne che Arobynn finalmente è stato amazzato da…..

e no questo è un segreto! 😉

4 . La contessa segreta di Eva Ibbotson 

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Ogniuno dovrebbe leggerlo. Scritto davvero , davvero bene.

Eva Ibbotson ha fatto un vero e proprio capolavoro, e la scrittura è così leggera, veloce , scorrevole che è come farsi trasportare dalle onde del Volga verso San Pietroburgo e tra le steppe Russe ,per poi andare nella campagna del dopo guerra Inglese , stile Downton Abbey .

La storia racconta di una contessa russa , scampata alla guerra e poi fuggita in Inghilterra che dopo aver perso tutto , va in segreto a lavorare come domestica , in una villa di campagna , dove incontra il suo proprietario…pronto a sposarsi ,con una ricca e un po scellerata ereditiera , che pagherà suo debito e salverà la casa di famiglia , sempre se….

La contessa segreta è uno di quei libri che non puoi smettere di rileggere all’infinito…

5. Deathless di Catherynne M Valente

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La più bella , fantastica e crudele favola che io abbia mai letto.

Deathless è uno di quei libri che leggi una volta sola e ti rimangono impressi per sempre.

E’ come una giostra che gira , egira e gira , fino a quando questa non si ferma e tu ti trovi dispersa senza meta. E’ la storia dentro la storia.

E’ la favola che si ripete di continuo e che finisce con la morte dell’immortale e che risorge per prendere posto in un’altra storia.

La favola di Marya Morevna e della Morte di Koschey l’immortale è qualcosa che va oltre , la favola stessa. E’ come una matrioska che si schiude piano , piano facendola ritornare alla forma originale.

La Valente ha rielaborato uno dei racconti più interessanti della letteratura popolare russa e la fatto diventare un capolavoro , che ti divora, parla per parola fino a quando non ti lascia senza fiato.

L’h amato dall’inizio , fino , all’ultimo fine.

6. Six of Crows di Leigh Bardugo 

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Leigh Bardugo ha scritto il caso letterario dell’anno con SoC ; il più spregiudicato, dinamico , cinico , fantastico  libro del 2015.

Il mondo dei grisha ritorna a risplendere con questa nuova serie e un attesissimo sequel per la fine di quest’anno , e questa volta si tinge di grigio e sembra una mission imposible , con una fine altrettanto catastrofica , come gloriosa.

Kaz Brekker giovane boss della banda a capo del quartiere mal famato di Kettedram , viene ingaggiato per compiere la missione più suicida di sempre ; il prezzo diventare ricchi fino a stare male.

Per questo deve cercare la gente  giusta per l’occasione.

Una spia, una Grisha lontano da casa , un giramondo, un pistolero con il vizio del gioco e un prigioniero pieno di vendetta.

Questa improbabile squadra si avventura , si scontrerà con il freddo più rigido , le trappole più mortali e i segreti più nascosti per finire a riuscire e ritornare sani e salvi per poi essere sbaragliati e divisi dal comissionatore.

Six of Crows vi stupirà come nessun altro .

 

Spero di essere stata esaudiente e se volete leggete la mia fanfic di il trono di ghiaccio su Wattpad,

 

Xoxo Chiara

Sam Cortland post

When Celaena and Sam wanted to move and said they needed Aronynn’s support to establish themselves….why didn’t she just take him to the Silent Assassins? The mute master said she’d always be welcome??

So I realized that Celaena Sardothien and Sam Cortland’s initials are CS and SC–the same but backwards, and I want to die.

I just want Sam to come back from the death and get together with Celaena/Aelin again. They should just run off and finally start the life they wanted to live at the end of Assassin’s blade and be fearless and free and happy and in love and have a wonderful live

But that will never happen and it makes me wanna crawl under a blanket and cry

someone please shot me i have read sam‘s dead 547 times and he stills dead

I really like imagining Aelin and everyone in the modern day like, Aelin getting adopted by a criminal mastermind and becoming his prodigy but then meeting this cute quirky thief named Sam and falling for him. They realize that her adoptive father is wrong and go off to live in the real world together and go to college and wear normal clothing and not have to worried about being murdered at night. And then Sam is tortured and killed in the middle of the night and Aelin is put in a high security prison.

Sarah J. Maas:Sam Cortland is 1000% dead and is not coming back.

Me:Source???

Things I love about TOG

It’s such a small thing, but it’s something a lot of stories lack. Celaena (Aelin) existed as a character before ToG. She existed between when her parents died and when ToG kicks off. She had adventure that can’t be summed up in a single line or two, and I’m sure she has more stories we know nothing about. ToG isn’t the ONLY book to have done this, but it makes her feel so real. Aelin had more than a backstory; she had love, she had loss, she had a life.

m playing this weird interactive Demi Lovato game, and it was like choose you name and I chose Celaena cause like why not? And of course during the first to seconds you meet her boyfriend SAM!!!! It’s like a freaking modern AU

rattlethegodstars asked:

Hi! I’m the person who was shouting in the tags about Sam Cortland when I reblogged your flawless ToG drawings. I was in the middle of replying to your message and then accidentally deleted it because apparently I’m the worst. Anyway, I just wanted to say that you’re incredibly talented, that your drawing of him and Celaena is my absolute favourite piece of ToG fan art in existence, and that I completely feel you on the crying because WHY SARAH WHY.

^^^^ how Sam Cortland makes me feel…

You are not the worst!! You are so lovely, thank you so much :’3 Yeah and Sarah… really?

Sam: Sam. Sam. Omg. Sam. He loved her when it was hard for anyone else to see what to love, even for herself. He never felt good enough for Celaena, and yet he still loved her with everything he had. He survived weeks of games with Arobynn just to make sure she was safe. He always put her safety above his, no matter what it would cost him. He truly, truly loved her. He did not push, he did not fight. He hoped. He trusted. And he was there. *Dissolves into a puddle of tears because the Assassin’s Blade is a traumatic experience*

Tea party with Sarah J Maas characters

  • Chaol:*spills tea* ups
  • Dorian:*laughs hard as hell* seriously man?
  • Rowan:*facepalms himself* bloody idiots
  • Sam:It’s okay mate,here have another cup
  • Tamlin,Lucien and Rhys:*glancing at each other*
  • Rhys:*whispers* where the fuck did this guys came from?
  • Tamlin and Lucien:*looking at them* i have no idea

Tea Party With Sarah J Maas characters part 2

  • Sam:Anyone wants a cokie?
  • Rhysand:I may please myself with one of your…how should i call it…mundane treats?
  • Rowan:Excuse me,but what is the lady in black doing here? Mocking us to dead?
  • Dorian:Calm down bro
  • Chaol:*with the pinky finger of the hand holding the cup in the air* Just have some tea
  • Tamlin:*ignoriyng the fight by looking at the distance* I wish i was with feyre
  • Lucien:Tamlin‘s life: a summary *pats Tam shoulder while eating a cokie*

Tea Party with Sarah  J Maas characters part 3

  • Lucien:*asks while eating a cookie* So your name is Chaol?
  • Chaol:Yup,weird right?
  • Tamlin:*putting a sugar cub into his tea* Like Kale? The Vegetable?
  • Rowan:*to rhys* The only difference is that the vegetable haves better hair than chaol…
  • Rhysand:*laughing* Not even my extraordinary high lord magic would be able to repair such a aberration!
  • Dorian:*smiles a evil way and whispers* What about mine “magic”?
  • Sam:Stop being a weirdo and drink your tea dorian

Me:*bangs fist in sarah j maas table*

  • Sarah:how did you kn-
  • Me:AND WHY SAM?!?! WHAT HAVE HE EVER DONE TO YOU!!!

So I’ve been thinking. If Sam’s mom was a favorite of Arobynn, so much so that he took Sam in, is it possible that Arobynn is Sam’s dad? I mean what if he didn’t know? Or if he did and he had him killed anyway?

Celaena:“I hate to admit it, Sam Cortland, but i missed your sorry ass too”

  • Me:*crying and making sad cow noises in the distance*

I just want Sam Cortland to be alive. I don’t care if it’s by means of a ridiculous plot twist, he deserves to be alive. He is the person I’ll always believe Celaena should be with

Is Sam Cortland back from the dead yet?

problematic faves:celaena sardothien, chaol westfall, rowan whitethorn

  • cinnamon rolls:sam cortland, dorian hallivard, nehemia ytger

I like to point out we don’t really know how the whole Mate works. We know that there can be more then one, the two people can be physically intimate before they are mated, you can be mated with whomever, that it is hard to physically hurt your mate and you cannot chose who it is. But that is it (add on if there is more). So we can’t tell if Aelin has already mated. Is it similar to the Caranam in the sense it can build over time, or is it a all at once sort of feeling. Can it be resisted, or can the instinct to mate become dormant if a Fae or Demi-Fae is in their other form for an extended period of time? Because we know so little, we don’t know if Aelin has already mated, has yet to mate or if she can all together. So really there is an equal chance to any male in her life to become her Mate.

Me:**Sees edit that includes Sam Cortland**

  • Me:God is real.

Perfect man for each sigb

  • Aeries:Sam Cortland
  • Taurus:Sam Cortland
  • Gemini:Sam Cortland
  • Cancer:Sam Cortland
  • Leo:Sam Cortland
  • Virgo:Sam Cortland
  • Libra:Sam Cortland
  • Scorpio:Sam Cortland
  • Sagittarius:Sam Cortland
  • Capricorn:Sam Cortland
  • Aquarius:Sam Cortland
  • Pisces:Sam Cortland

Celaena and Sam

*spoiler alert*

The amount of times that my heart has burnt for this pairing to be together is uncountable. I honestly hope that in Queen of Shadows that Sam is well and alive. I do have my suspicions about his death though.

1) When Sam had passed on, Celaena detected an unfamiliar scent from Sam’s corpse as she lay next to him. (perhaps his death was staged) -which also brings me to my next point.

2) Celaena chose Sam over Arobynn. I feel like Arobynn played a big role in Sam’s death because he felt that Sam was taking his most prized possession, which is Celaena, away from him. Feeling threatened, Arobynn probably drugged Sam and replaced him with a corspe (thus why Sam had an unfamiliar scent when Celaena lay next to him). Another point (if I’m not mistaken) is that Sam disappeared hours after Arobynn came to Celaena’s apartment to profess his love towards her. Maybe it was revenge towards Celaena. If he could not have what he wanted, then Celaena would have to suffer the same fate as him.

3) Sam’s mother was Arobynn’s lover. If Arobynn was in love with Sam’s mother, he would feel like he had to keep her promise which was to take care of Sam. I don’t think that Arobynn would have killed Sam if he ever loved Sam’s mother.

In all honesty, I do not want to face the facts that Sam is indeed dead. So do ignore my naiveness. 🙂

aedion ashryver is very important to me. dorian havilliard is also very important to me. sam cortland, too, is very important to me

Something that EVERY Throne of Glass fan can agree on…

If Sam Cortland is/was/would be Aelin’s mate, that is FINE

help my mom has just started reading The Assassin’s Blade and she’s at the beginning of Pirate Lord and she asked me if Celaena and Sam get together aND I STARTED CRYING

what do i do ??

celaena: his name was sam
dorian: what happened?
celaena: he died
dorian: when?
celaena: thirteen months ago
dorian: I’m sorry
celaena: so am I
me: *wails*
celaena: his name was sam
dorian: what happened?
celaena: he died
dorian: when?
celaena: thirteen months ago
dorian: I’m sorry
celaena: so am I
me: *wails*

The Truth

Sam Cortland is death and i’m not right.
Samlaena is gone and i’m not right
But for Celaena , Sam is always still alive and for me is a few better.

Tumbrl

Does anyone else ever just think about Arobynn Hamel and what he did and just go into a blind rage and everything turns red and you suddenly completely understand the fury that lets Celaena peel people’s skin off without feeling any guilt or is that just me?

Please guys can we stop fancasting Sorscha as a white girl,
I’m sure Sorscha is canonically a PoC, though I can’t tell you of which ethnicity, because she is described as having golden skin and looks as though she has ancestors from Eyllwe.
Unlike Nehemia, who everyone has been good with and not used any white actresses to fancast, I’ve been recently seeing white Sorscha’s.

Why couldn’t SJ Maas just be explicit in the ethnicity/race of her characters?? Why couldn’t all authors be straightforward about their characters, and not describe ambiguously, letting us know the character is not white, but giving us no indication of what they are exactly??

tog headcanons. go.

throneofglasss answered:

ok…

•little chaol having freckles and hating them, but little celaena secretly thinking    that they were cute

•celaena burning a chocolate cake she tried to make but still eating all of it just to make a point to sam who was laughing the entire time she was baking and telling her that she was going to burn it

•sam and celaena would start snuggling but then they would start wrestling but somehow would always end up snuggling each other and telling the other how they would beat them next time they fought

•dorian getting super hyped up on caffeine and talking sorcha’s ear off until she would kiss his lips to get him to stop blabbering about the book he just finished

•rowan and celaena telling each other their funniest memories, so that they dont dwell on their bad memories

•celaena curling up her parent’s big bed and listening to her father tell stories of years past

•dorian staying up late in the palace greenhouse just to watch a butterfly emerge from it’s chrysalis

these almost made me start crying as i wrote them

lovelyowlsbooks:

LOVELYOWLS WEEKLY

A Court Of Thorns and Roses by sjmaas releases on May 5th. Make sure you’ve pre-ordered it. Check the UK & US tour datesHERE.

You can download the first four chapters on Kindle and iBooks.Pre-order from Amazon or The Book Depository (or from any bookseller you prefer).

See ISSUE #1 here (btw, this isn’t really weekly, haha)

larajeancoveys:

aesthetics: sam cortland

“I love you. And from today onward, I want to never be separated from you. Where you go, I go. Even if that means going to Hell itself, wherever you are, that’s where I want to be. Forever.” 

  • Dorian giving Aelin a huge bag of candy on her birthday every year and Rowan being astounded at how much candy she can eat
  • Dorian trying to cook and not being good at it
  • AELIN trying to cook and accidentally burning the food
  • Rowan just doing all the cooking so everyone can actually eat
  • Rowan awkwardly walking in when Doraelin is getting steamy
  • Rowan scooping up Fleetfoot and taking her for a walk when Doraelin wants some alone time
  • Aelin getting annoyed when she can’t participate in Dorian/Rowan snowball fights so she just melts their snow
  • The three of them being in the outside cold and Aelin not sharing her warmth with the boys because they don’t let her have snowball fights with them
  • Rowan babysitting Doraelin’s kids
  • Rowan acting like an overprotective brother when Dorian tries to kiss Aelin (I almost typed when Dorian tries to KILL Aelin… oops)
  • Dorian and Aelin setting Rowan up with dates and waiting up until he gets home so they can ask him how it went
  • Dorian and Rowan being BFFs and Aelin being jealous when they bro-bonding because she’s used to having them both to herself
  • I need an entire book of Dorian-Aelin-Rowan living together

lol Chaol thinks Celaena is a virgin how cute of him

aly-naith:

The world is not in your books and maps. It’s out there.

If only we can see these places…

Sam Cortland post

Who You Should Fight: Throne of Glass edition

Celaena/Aelin: DO NOT FIGHT! I REPEAT, DO NOT FIGHT! SHE WILL KICK YOUR ASS IN LESS THAN .03 SECONDS

Dorian: It’s up to you, really. Simply mention what happened to Sorscha to him. He’ll either be reduced to tears or snap your neck.

Chaol: Be my guest. He’ll put up a fight, but if you play dirty, you’ll beat him. He’s too honorable for his own good.

Sam Cortland: Do you enjoy kicking puppies?

Manon: She drinks blood for pleasure, has iron nails and teeth, and has a freaking wyvern on her side, so fight at your own risk. actually don’t even try

Rowan: Do you want to die? No? That’s what I thought, SO DON’T FIGHT HIM

Aedion: Go ahead. If you say anything about his childhood or what happened to his country, he’ll fall apart easily.

The King of Adarlan: Do not fight, he will use whatever tactics necessary to kill you, even if it means fighting dirty

Arobynn Hamel: He’ll probably kill you easily, but DO US ALL A FAVOR AND FIGHT HIM, PLEASE

Maeve: She’ll beat you, but at least you’ll have fought the Queen of the Bitches

pansycaketobias asked:

Sam & Celaena ☁

[Set somewhere between The Assassin and the Underworld and The Assassin and the Empire]

Celaena ducked under an awning and pressed herself against the building and as far away from the rain as possible. Sam, laughing, ran up behind her. But, he stayed out in the rain. He spun like a fool, his locks darkening with rainwater. “Get in here, idiot,” Celaena hissed.

Sam laughed harder, “No, you come out here.”

[[MORE]]She pulled away from the wall to put her hands on her hips. “This isn’t funny, Sam.”

He stopped spinning, “Not even a little bit?”

She rolled her eyes. She didn’t need to deal with this. Sticking close to the wall, Celaena began the trek back to their apartment. Out in the rain, Sam followed. Lightning cracked over head, almost startling Celaena into the wall. She grunted when Sam’s laughter started up again.

“Why are you enjoying this so much?” Celaena turned on him. She wrung out her hair, pressing her hands into the curling strands. She’d always hated when it curled. “My hair is ruined.”

“Good,” She spun on Sam, an insult at the tip of her tongue. He said, “Live a little, Sardothien.”

Memories of the last time she’d heard that phrase all flooded back, and she snapped, “I do live. All the time.” Celaena started walking again, her saunter more of a stomp than anything. “This is all your fault.”

Sam’s laugh hit a new octave. “My fault? If you hadn’t punched our bartender in the face, we wouldn’t be in this mess.” She glared at him, and he met her stare headlong.

A burst of thunder startled both of them into ending the starring contest. They turned a corner, and she could finally make out the light of their apartment up ahead. “At least I didn’t throw a table.”

“There were six men running at me! What was I supposed to do?”

Celaena huffed and looked away from him. He was insufferable. “You’re going to catch a cold out there. And then how’ll we complete contracts?”

“Says Adarlan’s Assassin as if she needs my measly help,” Sam sang back. There was a smirk on his lips.

Celaena rolled her eyes again. “Wait,” Sam called as she stepped around the corner. “Wait, Celaena!” She wasn’t listening. She could see the light up ahead and that was the only thing on her mind. There was a crack, but she assumed it was just lightning. And then she was wet.

She gasped and stilled. Sam snapped a hand over his mouth somewhere behind her to hide his obvious chuckles. She hissed, shaking her arms of the water dripping down her. The awning had snapped just above her and all the water pooling in the tarp soaked her.

“Celaena,” Sam’s voice was gentler behind her. “Are you-”

She threw her head back and stared up at the night sky. Although there were dark clouds coating the horizon, if she squinted, she could just make out the stars that made up the Lord of the North. She allowed a small smile to slide onto her lips. Celaena hummed, then spun back and tapped Sam on the shoulder.

With a burst of speed, she took off, screaming, “Race ya!”

Sam laughed and she could hear his shoes hitting the pavement as he followed her. Laughing, Celaena turned the final corner before they reached their building. Live a little, Sardothien, Ansel had said. Somewhere out there, maybe Ansel had been right.

Celaena grinned and sped up.

Heir of Fire moments
  • Me:I’m ok . Nothing can hurt me now
  • * Sam nominated*
  • Me:Oh Oh..

I love how even though Maas herself has confirmed that he is in fact dead, everyone in this fandom still believes Sam’s alive and will come back at some point.

Maybe if we believe hard enough and have enough faith, it’ll actually happen?

Before skulls bay, Sam and Celaena had a love hate relationship

I could be done with The Assassin’s Blade by now, but my heart refuses to finish The Assassin and the Empire because it knows what’s to come. I just love Sam so much. He doesn’t deserve what’s going to happen to him. And poor Celaena. I don’t think I can stand to watch her go through more pain.

If we live through this, Celaena,” Sam said, heading toward the side street that led to the docks, “remind me to teach you how to play cards properly.
The Assassin and The Pirate Lord. HOly FUCKING SHIT NO NO NO I’M DONE HE NEVER GOT TO TEACH HER CARDS NO NO U SEE THEY HAD MANY CARD GAMES TO PLAY BUT NOPE WERE NOT ALLOW THEM TO SEE THEM GROW OLD TOGETHER

THRONE OF GLASS MODERN AESTHETICS: Celaena and Sam

anonymous asked:

Do you think Sam Cortland is alive?

My Throne of Glass fan Cast

Celaena Sardothien

  • Teresa Palmer

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  • Dakota Fanning 

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  • Lily James

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Sam Cortland 

  • Sam Claflin 

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Chaol Westfall

  • Theo James 

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  • Max Irons

The White Queen

Dorian Havilliard

  • Joshua Brand

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Princes Nehemia 

  • Caitlin Staesy 

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Lady Kaltain Rompier

  • Adelaide Kane

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Lysandra 

  • Natalie Dormer 

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Aedion Ashryver 

  • Jake Abel 

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Sorscha 

  • Astrid Berges Frisbey 

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Rowan Whitethorn 

  • Connor McClain 

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Manon Blackbeak 

  • Emilia Clarke

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Theadrops,love, payn…in summary evrithings of Sam Cortland

Sabia que el mundo seguía su curso, indiferente a la muerte de un joven, ignorante incluso de que hubiera existido y respirado, de que la hubiera amado. Odió al mundo por seguir girando. Tal vez si Celaena no se levantaba nunca, no tendría que girar con él.
La Asesina del Imperio, The Assassin’s Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas. Sarah J. Maas
When we die, do you think we’ll be punished for the things we’ve done?
Sam Cortland.

“When we die, I don’t think the gods will even know what to do with us.”

I get scared too,” he murmured onto her skin. “You want to hear something ridiculous? Whenever I’m scared out of my wits, I tell myself: My name is Sam Cortland…and I will not be afraid. I’ve been doing it for years.
Sam Cortland – The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas

If you want to make me cry, this is how to do it.

She didn’t want to go out into a world where he didn’t exist. So she watched the light shift and change, and let the world pass by without her.
The Assassin and the Empire – Sarah J Maas

Sam Cortland i crying for you..

  • me:*Thinks of Sam Cortland*
  • me:*cries*

I get scared too,” he murmured onto her skin. “You want to hear something ridiculous? Whenever I’m scared out of my wits, I tell myself: My name is Sam Cortland…and I will not be afraid. I’ve been doing it for years.
Sam Cortland – The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J. Maas

If you want to make me cry, this is how to do it.

She didn’t want to go out into a world where he didn’t exist. So she watched the light shift and change, and let the world pass by without her.
The Assassin and the Empire – Sarah J Maas

I get scared, too,” He murmured onto her skin. “You want to hear something ridiculous? Whenever I’m scared out of my wits, I tell myself: My name is Sam Cortland…and I will not be afraid. I’ve been doing it for years.
Sam

The Assassins Blade: The Assassin and the Empire by Sarah J Maas

Can I just give a personal fuck you to sjmaas for ripping my heart out and destroying it with this damn series and this damn bit

I technically knew what was going to happen but I am still so emotionally drained after finishing The Assassin’s Blade.

i cant believe sam cortland is over 6ft…lay me down….this is it …this is the end

Something Sweet and Dangerous

The Assassin’s Blade – Review

The Assassin’s Blade are the novellas by Sarah J. Maas that go along with the Throne of Glass series. I really enjoyed reading about Celaena again. I wasn’t expecting Sam and Celaena to hate each other at the start but it sort of makes sense. I don’t have much to say about the first two stories but i have a bit to say about the Assassin and the Desert. I enjoyed reading about her training at the Silent assassin’s keep. I couldn’t believed Ansel had drugged her! I thought she would be this good friend that Celaena could have. Then i was thinking that Ansel had drugged her for a good reason but no it was so she could kill the Silent Master. At the end i wanted Celaena to kill Ansel but deep down Celaena has a good heart whether she wants to admit it or not.

The Assassin and the Underworld was my second favourite novella. I loved to see how Sam and Celaena’s relationship grew and came to be. Although i ship Celaena with everyone and i don’t know why!?

The Assassin and the Empire was hands down my favourtie novella even thought it was so sad. What happened to Sam and what they did was so sad and terrible. It was heartbreaking when she layed down and cuddled Sam’s dead, mutilated body. Arobynn is such a worthless piece of trash, i hope Celaena kills him very slowly and very painfully for what he has done. I was surprised her sentence was to be hung or beheaded first before the king changed it to slavery in Endovier.

Overall Sarah J. Maas is now one of my favourite authors. Her storylines are just so good and thought out so well and the Assassin’s Blade was written just brilliantly.

All I am capable of doing right now is crying over dead characters

Sam Cortland

Why is he dead? Why? Everytime his name is mentioned on the series I just break down crying.
It was very heartbreaking to read The Assassin’s Blade, when Sam is still alive (and us knowing) he’s gonna die soon.

I want to finish The Assassin and the Empire, but I’m a little afraid.

I’m reading The Assassin’s Blade and all I can think about is that I already know how this story ends and OH GOSH IT HURTS SO MUCH BECAUSE

SAM CORTLAND.

Having just finished The Assassin’s Blade, I know the whole ‘my name is Celaena Sardothien and I will not be afraid’ thing comes from sam, but what if Celaena was also saying it throughout Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight to remind herself that she was Celaena and not Aelin and she had no(or less) reasons to be afraid of the king.

Heir of Fire – Sam Cortland

“I can see very well what happened, and know exactly how it’s done,” she said, stomach
tightening. Not at the injury, but—Sam. Sam had been strapped to a table, cut open and broken
by one of the most sadistic killers she’d ever known.
“Was it you,” Rowan said quietly, but not gently, “or someone ​ else?”
“I was too late. He didn’t survive.” Again silence fell, and she cursed herself for a fool for
telling him. But then she said hoarsely, “Thank you for saving me.”

The other half of the room was occupied by an
oak dining table capable of seating eight, its place settings still laid out: plates of porcelain and
silver, flatware that had long since gone dull. It was the only evidence that this apartment had
been untouched since whoever—​ Arobynn Hamel, probably—​ had ordered the place sealed up.
Arobynn Hamel, the King of the Assassins. Chaol gritted his teeth as he finished stuffing the
last of the white sheets into the hallway closet. He’d been thinking a good deal about Celaena’s
old master in the past few days. Arobynn was smart enough to have put things together when
he found a washed-up orphan right after the Princess of Terrasen went missing, her body
vanished into the half-​ frozen Florine River.
If Arobynn had known, and done those things to her . . . The scar on Celaena’s wrist flashed
before him. He’d made her break her own hand. There must have been countless other
brutalities that Celaena didn’t even tell him about. And the worst of them, the absolute worst . .
.
He’d never asked Celaena why, when she was appointed Champion, her first priority wasn’t
hunting down her master and cutting him into pieces for what he’d done to her lover, SamCortland. Arobynn had ordered Sam tortured and killed, and then devised a trap for Celaena
that got her hauled off to Endovier. Arobynn must have expected to retrieve her someday, if
he’d left this apartment untouched. He must have wanted to let her rot in Endovier—until he
decided to free her and she crawled back to him, his eternally loyal servant.

“Like a good soldier,” he said. She had to look away for a moment to keep from letting him
see just what that meant to her. He took a long breath that made his broad chest expand. “Tell
me how you ​ were sent there—​ and how you got out.”
She was tired in her bones, but she rallied her energy one last time and told him of the years
in Rifthold, of stealing Asterion horses and racing across the desert, of dancing until dawn with
courtesans and thieves and all the beautiful, wicked creatures in the world. And then she told
him about losing Sam,

Maybe she had been a fool to love a man who served the king,
but Chaol had been what she needed after losing Sam, after surviving the mines.

Nehemia was whole, beautiful and untouched, her eyes full of damning hatred. And then from
behind her emerged Sam, handsome and tall. His death had been so similar to Nehemia’s, and
yet so much worse, drawn out over hours. She had not saved him, either. When she beheld the
iron-tipped whip in his hands, when he stepped past Nehemia and let the whip unfurl onto the
rocky earth, Celaena let out a low, quiet laugh.She welcomed the pain with open arms as he took a deep breath, clothes shifting with the
movement as he snapped the whip. The iron tip—oh gods, it ripped her clean open, knocked
her legs out from underneath her.
“Again,” Celaena told him, the word little more than a rasp. “Again.”
Sam obeyed. There was only the thud of leather on wet flesh as Sam and Nehemia took
turns, and a line of people formed behind them, waiting for what they deserved as payment for
what she had failed to do.

There was a scrape and crunch of shoes, then a small, smooth hand slid toward her. But it
was not Chaol or Sam or Nehemia who lay across from her, watching her with those sad
turquoise eyes.

“Get up,” someone said beyond the young princess. Sam. Sam, standing just beyond where
she could see, smiling faintly.

Three lines of text scrolled
over her three largest scars, the story of her love and loss now written on her: one line for her
parents and uncle; one line for Lady Marion; and one line for her court and her people.
On the smaller, shorter scars, ​ were the stories of Nehemia and of Sam. Her beloved dead.
No longer would they be locked away in her heart. No longer would she be ashamed.

Tumblr Tell me why….

I’m finally done reading Heir of Fire—the third book in the Throne of Glassseries by Sarah J. Maas. I took me a while, almost a week! But that’s just because I wanted to savor each moment in the story. And I didn’t want it to end immediately. And honestly, I have no words to describe just how beautifully crafted this book was.

I do not even trust myself enough to make a full review because I fear that my words won’t do it justice. All I know is that this book affected and drained me emotionally. It was so easy to get lost inside this world that Ms. Maas created, and I’ve grown too attached to almost every character in the story, be it Manon, Abraxos, Sorscha, Asterin, Aedion, Luca, Emrys, etc. It was so difficult for me to not feel for them.

Celaena Sardothien is one of the strongest and best-written female character I have encountered, and she will be a character I won’t soon forget. Reading this was such a wild ride and I am so much looking forward to the next books in this series. It just keeps getting better with each book.

P.S. Before you guys can even ask me whether I am Team Dorian, Team Chaol or Team Rowan, I’d tell you this: I used to be Team Sam, and he will always be my first choice.. but when I think about it, look at the bigger picture, I am Team Celaena. I think (and this is just my opinion, so don’t hate on me) that it’s better for her to just be THE Queen. I think she’d be able to lead without a king, and all these men in her life would be better off as part of her council, or whatever.

hings that I want from the Throne of Glass series

•Manon, the thirteen, and any other witches joining up with Celaena and the crew in their war against the king
•Them being bad ass bitches together and totally showing up the guys
•Ansel coming back (don’t really know how I want that to end)
•Nox also joining the crew
•Celaena getting a wyvern (cause that sounds bad fucking ass)
•Celaena/Aedion reunion
•Chaol/Celaena reunion
•Rowan/Celaena reunion
•Celaena figuring out a way to free Dorian from the collar
•Yrene Towers coming back (I fucking love her)
•knocking down the tower and Celaena showing off her bad ass
•Arobyns head on a platter
•the Kings head on a platter
•a happy ending (which has a 0% chance of happening which is sad)

Also Sam coming across the void like the Farie queen and encouraging Celaena and giving her a proper goodbye

How I Imagine Aedion and Chaol Would React to Rowan

Aedion: Wha- what do you mean about you taking- taking a blood oath with A-Aelin! *Fuming*

Rowan: Gawds…

Chaol: *Sulking in the corner and muttering to himself * Celeana likes him more than me… Celeana likes him more than me…

Rowan: Will you guys grow the fuck up?

Aedion: That was supposed to be my privilege! My blood oath!

Rowan:

Is it just me or do you think that maybe Arobynn had Sam killed because Celeana needed to know what lose was so she could learn to fight and save her kingdom? And that maybe Arobynn was a secret member of her parent’s court or something like that? Who knows maybe he is Fae too. We really don’t know anything about him, so anything is possible. Right?

Tumbrl; Tumbrl , Tumbrl…..i love you! Make me dream!

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Crackpot theory: Sam Cortland is alive.

Yes, you read that title correctly.

This idea came to me when I was reading the last few chapters of Crown of Midnight. I kind of just laughed at myself for thinking it, but then the situation dawned on me and the reality of this theory coming true and I stopped smiling and starting having heart palpitations. It’s a bit of a stretch, but then again, what theory isn’t?

In order to avoid being executed for not obeying the King’s demands, Celaena salvaged limbs from a sick house as a guise for those whom she was meant to assassinate. By adorning the severed appendages with jewelry containing a house sigil (given directly to her by said “dead” persons), she was able to deceive the King into believing she had completed her tasks.  On the occasions where she brought back a decapitated head, she made certain the face was mutilated beyond recognition. All this must sound familiar to you after reading Crown of Midnight, but here’s where my theory comes to light:

Arobynn had always known of Sam’s unrequited interest in Celaena. So much so that he used it against Sam when he beat Celaena as a form of punishment for him. But when it became apparent that Celaena was in love with him as he was with her, Arobynn grew skeptical. He didn’t want to lose his heir, regardless of her emotional attachment to Sam. Nor did he want Sam “corrupting” her mind. And when the two of them confronted Arobynn and spoke of their desire to leave the Guild, Arobynn tried in vain to keep his composure but also keep them tethered to his arsenal. Although it is never fully disclosed in The Assassin’s Blade, I bet Arobynn had a major part in Sam’s abrupt death. Just think about it: Sam was mere hours away from taking Arobynn’s protégée across Erilea where he could never find her again. And then there was that scene on the rooftop as he watched the Adarlanian soldiers taking Celaena to Endovier; he had been speaking to Sam’s murderer as though they were acquaintances (which was most likely true).

Knowing that Celaena wouldn’t die at the hands of the King (otherwise, he would have interfered with them taking her to Endovier) he knew she’d come back eventually. If not to rejoin him, then to assassinate him for his apparent part in Sam’s death and her enslavement. [Another thing: does Arobynn know that Celaena is Aelin? He must if he knew of her fae heritage and the fact that it was in Terrasen where he had found her dying with her family’s sacred necklace around her throat like a beacon]. Recognizing the type of power she would wield someday, he wanted to have his dealings in her fate.

That being said, what if, instead of truly killing him, Arobynn had mutilated the body of some random boy beyond reorganization so that when Celaena found him she wouldn’t be able to identify the true person? He could have easily applied cosmetic masks, such as her expensive soap, to the body in order to make the act seem all the more real. If Celaena were able to trick the King, then would it have been so hard for Arobynn to trick her into believing Sam had died? Especially if he wished to use Sam against her when she will eventually return to the Guild. She was so distraught in that moment that she could have easily mistaken the body, or had not been paying attention to small details other than the sounds of her ragged breath and erotic heartbeat. And truly, the moment had happened so quick that there was no investigation to be had. Sure, she laid beside him as the rest of the witnesses left, but does that make a difference if her mind had already begun processing his death and the only means of identification for a body that dismembered was the lingering scent of the soap he had used?

Sam Cortland may still be alive. Imprisoned, undoubtedly, but alive.

And Arobynn is just waiting for the day he can use Sam against Celaena…or Aelin, rather.

So now we know the tittle of ToG4 aka Queen of Shadows I want to write down some thoughts and headcanons I have about it.

  • Imma piece of trash so I’ll start with Chaolaena. I don’t think they will have time to discuss or “fix” their relationship bc first they have to
  1. Save Aedion
  2. Save Dorian
  3. Destroy the weird-ass towers that keep magic(?)
  4. Retrieve the wyrdkeys

And that’s for starters don’t forget the part where they gather a huge army and defeat Adarlan’s King. And by the time all of this gets done I don’t think they will happen. The moment we knew Celaena was Aelin Galathynius all the chances of a romantical relationship with Chaol were gone to never get back. And here is where I want to think of Aedion’s face when he finds out he hold himself of dismembering Chaol for nothing.

  • So now I bring up Aedion what I truly want is that they can rescue him and he standing along with Aelin and helping her get Terrasen back, also I wonder if the identity of his father is a major plot twist or is completely irrelevant. #PleaseAedionDon’tDie2k15
  • I feel the reunion with Arobynn Hamel will either end up with him tortured and murdered or Aelin will spare his life. Surely it won’t be a nice reunion and she will claim the answers about Sam’s death. I think Arobynn has the wyrdkey bc if his plan was to use Celaena against the Havilliards he would need proof that she’s actually Aelin and maybe he doesn’t know about the wyrdkeys but he surely can recognize a royal token and something like that you just cannot sell it.
  • It is a truth universally acknowledged that Ansel will be featured in Queen of Shadows. And that’s all I got I can bet she would do some queen stuff but I don’t dare saying more. Part of me wants to believe she will face Manon (or Crochans) but part of me thinks she will play a significant role in the war against Adarlan. (Also, I want a Chaol/Ansel meet and greet, idk maybe Chaol and Ansel could end up together?)
  • Manon. Mainly I bet she will stand as Ironteeth Queen either at the end of the book or the series (yeah, not only Blackbeak Queen). What truly disturbes me about her is that she doesn’t have an agenda, sure she wants the Witch Kingdom back but only bc is what she has been raised to live for, and there’s a huge difference between what you want and what you’ve been raised to want. She has a long way to go and Abraxos will play a major role in helping her to know who she truly is and what she really wants. And once Manon figures it out nothing will get on her way, nothing.
  • As for Rowan I think we will have a couple of chapters with his POV but he won’t arrive to Erilea until book 5. I’m still not sure what role he will play in the upcoming events but it seems he truly wanted to approach the Ashryvers maybe he will pull some strings in there and of course he will have to keep an eye on Maeve, bc Maeve is immortal, bored and the kind of woman who baths in the blood of her enemies. (Gosh, I want more Maeve)
  • I think we will see the return of Elena and Gavin. I honestly don’t like Elena (she’s the captain of the RMS Dorlaena) and her return will confirm the fact that is not only the King of Adarlan they have to defeat but Eravan himself too. Will this mean Maeve has to stand out and the war fought thousands of years ago wasn’t the final stand and they have to find a way to end Eravan and all he embodies once and forever? (Also this is where I think Manon and the Ironteeth Witches -even the Crochans- will have a major role, not with/against Adarlan’s King but against/with Eravan is where we will see the Witches standing out).
  • Speaking of Havilliards I would like to know what the King of Adarlan is made of. What caused him to retrieve the Wyrdkey and unleash hell upon Erilea. I suspect some sort of Eravan doing blended with the king’s self wickedness. And also if the king helds magic and why the hell he banished magic like it was the plague.
  • Chaol *sighs* -Yeah, I talk about Chaolaena which is completely different of talking about Chaol and Aelin alone-. This dude has put his loyalty in Dorian but has an agreement with the Terrasen rebel’s so he’s on a really awkward position, why? bc the rebel’s want an eye for an eye. Chaol won’t kill his people, yeah he will help retrieving the wyrdkeys, bringing down the towers, saving Aedion and even ripping Endovier down stone by stone, but he-won’t-kill-his-people. Everybody underestimates his intelligence, I think he is very good at politics even more than at military (remember the way he smuggles Celaena to Wendlyn and he figures out how magic disappeared and he doesn’t even have magic) so he not killing his people is he finding out a political -instead of military- way to end all disagreements and dealing with the consequences of Adarlan’s actions. (Also what up with the Eye of Elena)
  • Aelin, she’s not Celaena anymore. She’s Aelin Ashryver Galathynius heir of two mighty bloodlines and she will claim her kingdom back. Now that she’s certain of what she has to do she will get it done asap. The only issue I have with her is that everybody thinks she will either end up with Rowan, Dorian or Aedion, I discard that idea thanks to A hundred years of solitude. She really doesn’t need a man -or get married-. “But she’s a queen a queen needs a king blablabla” Dudes let me remind you of Elizabeth I of England she’s one of the badass queens of history and she ruled a powerful country for nearly fifty years without a dude by her side. Aelin is the character we need to break this stupid “the protagonist needs to end up with a dude” trope. Ya’ll keep talking about Aelin’s badassery but refuse to let her rule by herself. She can do it, she can rattle the stars.
  • Last but not least is Dorian. *cries for five days straight* We know he ends up pretty screwed up at the end of HoF, we also know that the only way to get free of that collar is by beheading so… Part of me thinks Dorian won’t die bc he’s a main character BUT Nehemia and Sam died anyway. I don’t think they can kidnap him while figuring out how to get rid of the collar without killing him, that’s not a real possibility bc as long as he has the collar he is the king’s puppet and he has raw magic which makes him even more dangerous under that condition. That cruel twisted voice inside my head says Dorian will sacrifice himself in the last stand against his father or his sacrifice will be the annihilation of Eravan. And if Dorian dies Hollin will be crowned king which gives me shivers so what if Chaol is crowned king of Adarlan, and this hc came to me after a sleepy rereading of chapter 67 of Heir of Fire.

And that’s it. For now.

P.S. What if Sam Cortland is alive but brainwashed?

Who wants to read some Throne of Glass fan fiction! You know you want to imagine what will happen when Celaena confronts Arobynn about a certain something that was stolen from her, right? Right. Please be kind, this is the first piece I’ve ever written about someone else’s work and I also wrote it in, like, a half an hour. I’M SORRY, SARAH, I TRIED.

Also, SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ HEIR OF FIRE.

Celaena marched into the keep. There weren’t many people in the main hall, though the few that were there stopped what they were doing to stare at a face they hadn’t seen for quite a while. A face that was much different than the one they remembered.

She fought the urge to throw hair she didn’t have over her shoulder in response. She didn’t recognize most of the faces that turned to stare at her with open mouths and wide eyes. New blood for Arobynn, she supposed. Necessary, in his line of work.

She took the familiar route to his office, keeping her feet steady despite the rush of memories that lined the hallway. Memories of bruises and unshed tears. Of anger. Hope. Sam. Memories that still haunted her but no longer slowed her steps. Her heart hurt, a little, but it did not speed up, with fear or anything else. It pounded steadily in her chest, urging her towards the heavy wooden doors of Arobynn’s office.

A figure stepped in front of her.

“Well,” Lysandra rested a delicate hand on the knob, “if it isn’t the prodigal assassin.” She looked as beautiful as ever, dark hair shining and eyes glowing with maliciousness. There was a crease, though, in her forehead, that Celaena did not remember, and a tenseness to her shoulders that had not been there before. Lysandra was a force to be reckoned with but no one could hold out with Arobynn forever.

Celaena met Lysandra’s gaze. Her reactions to this woman had always baffled her a little. Sometimes she was filled with jealousy, sometimes pity, sometimes contempt. Now she felt nothing. Lysandra was a small piece of the puzzle now, a spot on a tapestry of larger problems.

“Move,” she said. Lysandra smiled her coy smile, hand tightening around the door handle.

“I want for nothing,” she said instead, leaning towards Celaena, “He gives me my every desire. My every whim. How does that feel, Celaena Sardothien? That I am the apple of his eye while you are a disgraced killer?”

“Move,” Celaena repeated. Lysandra’s grin slipped ever so slightly.

“He does not want to be disturbed,”

“I don’t quite care what he wants,” Celaena stepped forward.

“He won’t want to see you,”

“And yet we all must do things we don’t want to do,” She gripped Lysandra’s wrist and twisted, causing the courtesan to hiss with pain. Shoving the other girl aside, Celaena opened the door to Arobynn’s study.

He sat behind his desk, leaning into the back of his padded chair with his folded hands resting on his stomach. He eyes were focused on the door and she knew that he had heard the entire conversation. She heard the heavy wooden door open and shut behind her as she approached his desk. Lysandra walked to stand beside her master, rubbing her bruised wrist.

“Celaena Sardothien,” Arobynn drew out her name, testing and tasting a name that meant so much then and so little now. She did not correct him. Not yet. “Did you enjoy your visit to Wendlyn?” His eyes twinkled as his head tilted ever so slightly. So he knew that she had visited the land of her kin. Of course he knew. Nothing went by the King of Assassins.

“I actually found it quite trying,” She replied, tilting her head in response.

“And what brings you back to the keep?”

“You have something that belongs to me. I want it back.”

“My dear, I have acquired many things that once belonged to others. You’ll need to remind me what you’re looking for, exactly.” His fingers tensed and relaxed, as if strumming a song or playing the piano.

“You know what I am talking about,” Celaena ground her teeth. It was impossible for her to keep a level head with this man, to control her temper. Even her training with Rowan hadn’t tempered her enough to keep mind around Arobynn Hamel.

“I’m sorry but you really must be more specific,” He leaned forward and put his elbows on the desk, resting his chin on his folded fingers. She forced her hands to stay still at her sides instead of curling into fists.

“The amulet,” She took a deep breath, “My amulet. The amulet of Orynth.”

“The Amulet of Orynth?” Lysandra did a lady-like snort, “How would he have gotten that?” Arobynn continued to study Celaena.

“Off the neck of a young princess he found almost drowned in a river.” Celaena said quietly, meeting her old mentor’s gaze. Neither of them moved for a moment, while Lysandra nervously continued to touch her wrist, coaled eyes darting between the two.

“I have come to reclaim what is mine. And that includes the amulet you stole.”

“Mm, the long-lost queen comes to reclaim the fallen kingdom? How heroic.” Arobynn snorted but his eyes lacked the humor of his voice.

“Give it to me.”

“What makes you think I have it?”

“I know you have it,” Celaena leaned forward, resting her hands on the edge of Arobynn’s massive wooden desk. If she were in a land with magic, she would have shifted, would have focused her Fae eyes on his and summoned her flame. But for now, she would have to stay mortal, stay human, and just show him that she was no longer afraid. At least, not of him. “Give. It. To. Me.”

Arobynn stayed still. Then he smiled and leaned back into his chair. Celaena refused to show him her frustration. She removed her hands from his desk, relaxed her face and swept her gaze around the room, studying his material treasures and the one currently running a hand through is hair like a lover.

“I wonder, Arobynn,” she began, running a finger across one of his prized statues, “I wonder how much you know. I wonder if you have chosen to align yourself with the king and if you  have, if you know what he’s done. What he plans to do.” She glanced back at him out of the corner of her eyes, studied him and he studied her. “I wonder if you’ve chosen a side. Or if you already have and don’t even know it.” She turned back to her old mentor, her old teacher. She had no doubt that he knew more than he would ever tell. But how much he knew of the king’s plans…that was a different story.

“This is your plan then,” he quipped, “to return the avenging queen? To rebuild your once glorious kingdom and take revenge upon the King of Adarlan?” He snorted, “You are a fool, Celaena.”

“There are two sides in this, Arobynn, and I very much doubt that either will be willing to show you mercy when all this is done.” His fox eyes darted towards me, his smirk slowly disappearing. “You do not need to choose my side, of course, but I do demand that you return what is rightfully mine.”

“And if I don’t?” Celaena was suddenly in front of his desk, face inches from his, knuckles white as she gripped the table. Lysandra’s deft fingers froze in Arobynn’s hair and his face paled the slightest. There was no magic in Adarlan, they were sure, but for a moment they believed that Celaena had just used it.

“Then I swear to the gods,” her voice dropped to a murmur, almost a prayer, “when the towers fall and magic returns to this god’s forsaken land, you will be the first to burn.”

This time, Arobynn was the first to look away. He studied his hands for a moment and Celaena could see the scars and calluses, could remember and imagine all the blood that had been spilt on them, all the pain inflicted by them. Watched then as they reached up and grasped a chain that lay around his neck and under his shirt.

Arobynn pulled the Amulet of Orynth over his head, meeting Celaena’s gaze as he held it out for her waiting palm. She placed the amulet around her neck, the weight familiar despite the years. Lysandra stood still as a statue at her master’s side, no doubt wondering what exchange had just happened but more than ready to learn. Celaena turned and began to walk towards the exit.

“You are a queen without a kingdom, Celaena,” he said, his whole body tense despite his mocking tone.

“Not for long,” she replied as she strode towards the door and threw it open. She turned to look at him over her shoulder, a smile, rather unbelievably even to her, playing on her lips. “And my name is Aelin.” She saw Lysandra’s face pale and Arobynn’s eyes widen in the slightest and then she walked out, away, not looking back, as if with every step she could burn everything – and everyone – in this place to the ground.

Not at all painful parallels
  • Celaena:has to endure Sam dying
  • Dorian:has to endure Sorscha dying
  • Celaena:was abused by Arobynn
  • Dorian:is abused by his father
  • Celaena:has to endure her best friend dying
  • Dorian:has to endure his best friend hating a big part of him
  • Celaena:had to lie about her heritage
  • Dorian:is probably being lied to about his heritage
  • Celaena:had to hide her powers from everyone
  • Dorian:had to hide his powers from everyone
  • Celaena:was trained to be a ruthless killer by her father figure
  • Dorian:was turned into a demon by his fathe
  • Celaena:So, code names. I’m “Eagle One”.
  • Celaena:Sam is “Been There, Done That”.
  • Celaena:Chaol is “Currently Doing That”.
  • Celaena:Dorian, “It Happened One In a Dream”.
  • Celaena:Nehemia is “If I Had to Pick a Chick”.
  • Celaena:Rowan, “Eagle Two”.
  • Rowan:Thank the gods.