For better or worse, we’ve reached the end! After 6 years, 6 books, a torturous 2-year wait for koa, after all the fan arts, fics, fandom wars, metas, crackpot theories, all the thoughts, worries, and love we’ve poured into this series—we’ve come to the end. I know that no matter how this all wraps up, no matter who lives or who dies, that this series will always be one I hold dear to my heart, so thank you all for being part of my reading journey!
Cheers to Sarah, to our beloved characters, and to all our impending doom hopes for a happy ending. See y’all on the other side. ♥️
So I’ve been rereading the entire series before Kingdom of Ash comes out tomorrow. (Only hours OMG)
I got stuck on this passage in Queen of Shadows:
They joined hands. So the world ended. And the next one began. They were infinite. They were the beginning and the ending; they were eternity. The king standing before them gaped as the shield of flame died out to reveal Aelin and Dorian, hand in hand, glowing like newborn gods as their magic entwined. “You’re mine,” the man raged. He became darkness; folded himself into the power he carried, as if he were nothing but malice on a dark wind. He struck them, swallowed them. But they held tighter to each other, past and present and future; flickering between an ancient hall in a mountain castle perched above Orynth, a bridge suspended between glass towers, and another place, perfect and strange, where they had been crafted from stardust and light. A wall of night knocked them back. But they could not be contained. The darkness paused for breath. They erupted.
What strikes me about this is that even when they’re both not at full strength (Aelin near burn out and Dorian only just freed from the Valg prince), when they join their power they’re described as gods. Like at full strength they might be more powerful even than the gods. So maybe they don’t have to die for the damn gods. Maybe they can handle Erawan themselves and even if they can’t then maybe they don’t have to die wielding the lock.
Also especially this passage caught my attention:
But they held tighter to each other, past and present and future; flickering between an ancient hall in a mountain castle perched above Orynth, a bridge suspended between glass towers, and another place, perfect and strange, where they had been crafted from stardust and light.
At first it says past present and future and then it describes three different places.
Aelin’s castle in Orynth where she hasn’t been in years, likely signifying the PAST
The glass bridge where they currently are meaning the PRESENT
And also “another place where they had been crafted from stardust and light” maybe in the FUTURE?
Also doesn’t that description of them in the other place sound familiar?
They had no forms. They were only figments of light and shadow, wind and rain, song and memory. Each individual, and yet a part of one majority, one consciousness.
This is what the gods apparently look like. I feel like there’s a connection.
Chaol has been my favourite character from the start. I just don't get why everyone has a problem with him. Dorian is annoying as all hell to me, but that's my opinion- I don't go spouting hate about him everywhere. People act as if it's a crime to not hate Chaol. They've tried to explain to me why he's such a 'bad character' but none of their arguments ever make sense to me because they always seem to still love Dorian and I feel like an outcast in the whole fandom. Am I alone here?
Okay so I love Dorian and I went through a bit of love-to-hate-to-love with Chaol, but I’m so so sorry you feel like an outcast, because you shouldn’t be made to feel that way.
I think people have a problem with how Chaol treated some of the other characters–which I’ll admit, bothered me too. But at the same time, he evolved and so my thoughts on him evolved as well. Chaol’s a complex character, and one that takes some time to understand.
But you’re right–just because you don’t like a character doesn’t mean you can go off and just spread a ton of hate. That’s not okay, and it’s wrong to shame people who like certain characters, and I’m really sorry you’ve had to deal with any of that hate that’s come your way.
Additionally, I also think there’s a difference between having a conversation about his character, and being told “he’s the worst and you should see him as the worst too!” It sounds like you’ve been stuck in the latter part of that conversation, and for that, I’m sorry.
It’s not a crime to like Chaol, nor is it a crime to hate him. Your opinions and feelings on any character are yours–and you shouldn’t feel forced to feel a specific way about any of them.
So if you like Chaol and aren’t a fan of Dorian, that’s okay!
In my opinion, I really like both Dorian and Chaol, and that’s okay too!
As readers, we’re allowed to have our own views on characters, and no one should make anyone feel bad simply because they disagree with your specific take on a character.