EDIT: This post is about what I thought would be Book 6, but turned out to be Book 7 of the Throne of Glass series, after Tower of Dawn got bumped up into a full length novel.
Okay, first things first, I was planning to change this to “Thoughts on Book 6” but I already made the feature image and was too lazy to change it. Besides, speculation sounds catchier. 🙂
Also, SPOILER ALERT!!!!! Please leave now if you haven’t read Empire of Storms. Or if you haven’t read the first four books. Though if you’ve already read Empire of Storms, I’ve no idea why you haven’t read the first four books.
Let’s start with the obvious one. The sacrifice that is needed to recharge Eye of Elena. At the end of Empire of Storms, we are left thinking that Aelin will sacrifice herself in Book 6 in order to recharge the Eye. I seriously hope it doesn’t end that way. I feel like there must be a Galathynius on the Terrasen throne, otherwise it just feels so unfulfilling after being promised for so many books that we were headed for a Terrasen revival. Rowan ruling just doesn’t feel right.
Here’s a few way I could see this one going. Aelin does die and someone else takes the throne. Maybe Darrow, maybe a united eastern continent with Dorian as its king, maybe Rowan.
Or the sacrifice could have already been fulfilled. Aelin’s death and resurrection by Elena could be enough. Elena’s own sacrifice of her afterlife could also be a possibility. (Though if I remember correctly, the Eye has an indicator of whether it has a charge and it seemed to still be uncharged.)
Aside from Aelin, there are other heirs to Elena’s bloodline. And with them other candidates that could be sacrifices. Dorian is one of them. Though I doubt Aelin would willingly pass the burden to Dorian. It would have to be Dorian’s own initiative to do it. Dorian also has a brother, Hollin. And as with Dorian, I doubt Aelin would let Hollin do it, and Dorian certainly won’t. So unless someone like Rowan, someone who would do anything to keep Aelin safe or just that Aelin is otherwise unable to sacrifice herself, I don’t think Dorian or Hollin would be sacrificed.
I do think that there will be some main character deaths though, seeing as Maas has killed a few of them. Nehemia being one of the major ones. But considering the innumerable close calls they’ve had, it’s a surprise so many of them has made it this far.
Next, there’s the matter with Aelin’s army and Darrow’s faction. Will they be returning to Terrasen? If that’s the case, won’t they clash with one another again? Will Lysandra be able to pull off Aelin’s disguise properly? And if she fails, pushing Rowan’s claim as the king would be difficult task already, but he’ll likely be absent, seeing as he’s off hunting for Aelin. Unless of course, when Lysandra and Aedion are in the great final debate with the lords of Terrasen, Rowan crashes the party with a wounded Aelin in his arms, having successfully rescued her from Maeve just in time. Aelin, though wounded, would begin berating the rest of the attendees with fiery anger. One could dream.
There’s also the storyline around Manon and the Crochans. I expect that Manon will face challenges in uniting the Crochans, but with her Thirteen and Elide alongside her, I think she would succeed. There’s also her contention with Ansel of Briarcliff on who would rule over the Wastes. I believe they would play nice, or at least end their squabble for a time while the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
As for Chaol and Nesryn, we’ll have to wait and see what the novella tells us, but I sure that they will aid their friends. Questions remain on whether it would be alone, or with the South on their backs. I’m not too convince that the South would help right now, though things could change.
Ultimately, here’s what I hope it would be. It would start like Return of the Jedi and end like the Deathly Hallows. For those of you who haven’t watch or read either work, SPOILER ALERT! Return of the Jedi starts with Luke Skywalker and his friends attempting to rescue Han Solo and succeeds. I imagine Rowan “jedi mind tricking” his way into wherever Maeve is and gets captured, escapes and frees Aelin before Maeve can finish what she wants to do to her. Deathly Hallows ends with us thinking that Harry has to die, but we later find out that he actually does die, but not in the way we imagined and he survived the events of the book.
That’s my thoughts on what the last book would be like. What are your thoughts on theories on how the Throne of Glass series would end? I would love to hear them!