This is a warning that this article is filled with spoilers so think twice before you read it. “My name is Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, and I will not be afraid.” If you haven’t yet started with Sarah J Maas’s hit series, Throne of Glass series, this is your cue to start it as soon as possible. Throne of Glass follows the life of Celeana Sardothien. She is the best assassin in a fictional place called Adarlan, on the continent of Erilea. She gets herself caught and sent to Endovier, the labor camp of Adarlan, and has to spent a year there before the Prince of Adarlan, Dorian Havilliard, strikes a deal with her. The deal is to become his father’s champion and earn her freedom after four years of servitude.
The book was published on 15th August 2013. Sarah J Maas, the author, began writing the novels since she was only 16 years old. The book was an instant hit, and Sarah became a well-known author. The series has 7 books (you can get yours here) and one novella. It follows the life of an excellent and deadly assassin, Celeana Sardothien, in Erilea and Wendlyn – two fictional worlds. This article deals with the dating life of Aelin Ashryver, and who she ends up with.
Spoilers of Plot: Who Does Aelin End Up With
Celeana Sardothien is better known as Adarlan’s Assassin. At only the very young age of 17, she has accomplished the title. She is also the heir to the King of Assassins, Arobynn Hamel, who had saved her from a river at a very young age and taught her everything she knew. The events which happened first are in the novella, “The Assassin’s Blade.” It follows Celeana’s story before Endovier and how she got into Endovier. I am trying to keep the spoilers minimum here, so that is all I have to say.
In The Assassin’s Blade, Celeana falls in love with Sam Cortland, a fellow assassin. He is brutally killed, and it is in pursuit of his killer that Celeana gets captured.
Throne of Glass: Celeana and Dorian are Attracted to Each Other
The next book is Throne of Glass. It begins with a competition, sort of like the Hunger Games, where she is extracted from the hellhole of Endovier by the Crown Prince of Adarlan: Dorian. She has no love for him, nor his kingdom as it conquered quite violently, the entirety of the continent of Erilea. But in order to get her freedom, she has to compete in the championship to become the cruel King of Adarlan’s champion – his personal assassin.
In the course of the first book, she comes face to face with different forces, a dead queen and a friend in the rebel princess of Eyllwe, Princess Nehemia. Through all the hardships she wins the championship and becomes the King’s Assassin. In this book, Celeana feels drawn to Dorian Havilliard, the Crown Prince, but they cut it off before the book ends.
Crown of Midnight: Chaol and Celeana
We move on to the next book, Crown of Midnight, where Celeana comes to know about a rebel group right in Rifthold, the capital of Adarlan. They claim that the lost princess of Terrasen is still alive. When Nehemia is brutally murdered, she snaps. In order to save her, Chaol, Dorian’s friend and captain of the guard, sends her away to Wendlyn – a neighboring country across the sea where magic still works. But after she’s gone, he realizes that Celeana Sardothein is none other than Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, heir of Terrasen and the only person who can get rid of Adarlan’s cruel and bigot king.
Chaol was attracted towards her since the beginning of the first book. He and Celeana grow very close in the second book. Their feelings are at the boiling point after he comes to know that Celeana hasn’t killed any of her targets. He realizes how much he hates the idea of Celeana moving away. Their relationship goes well until Nehemia is killed. This puts a vast strain on their relationship, but realizing the threat to Celeana’s life herself, Chaol realizes she should be sent away. He helps her to run away to Wendlyn under the pretension of a mission to the King. Later, he falls in love with Yrene Towers (Book 6). So Aelin doesn’t end up with Chaol either.
Heir of Fire: Celeana/Aelin and Rowan Grow Close
The third installment in the series is the book Heir of Fire. Aelin is in Wendlyn. Chaol is in Rifthold, and so is Dorian. Aelin meets her aunt Maeve, a fae queen, and is ordered to train with Rowan – a fearsome fae male. At first, they hate each other. But as circumstances would demand, they grow close. He helps her develop her powers: which is pyrokinesis and turning into a fae female at will. By the end of the book, they are carranam: soulmate. In this book, we have also introduced to other characters: Sorscha, a healer, Aedion, Aelin’s cousin and half-fae, and Manon: an ironteeth witch. By the end of the book, Aedion, who is declared a traitor, is captured to be executed, Sorscha is killed, Dorian is enslaved by a demonic monster by his own father, and Chaol has become the new leader of Rifthold’s rebel group.
During her time in Wendlyn – to be exact, Doranelle – Maeve’s realm, she meets Rowan Whitethorn. Rowan is a white, brutish fae male with a specialty in air magic. He has white hair and tattoos on his face which apparently tell the story of how he lost his mate. Rowan and Aelin are carannam – which is not like lovers, but more like soul-friends. Aelin’s heart still yearns for Chaol, she still wants to end up with him.
Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, and Tower of Dawn:
In Queen of Shadows, Aelin returns – after completely mastering her skills. She devises a plan to kill Arobynn. As it was him who had betrayed her all those years ago (The Assassin’s Blade). She also wants to free her cousin, Aedion. Aelin manages to do both with the help of Lysandra and also removes the restriction which didn’t allow magic to reign free in Erilea. She and Dorian manage to kill their father, and Dorian becomes the new King of Adarlan. But this peace was not for long as we will find out in Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, and the epic finale: Kingdom of Ash.
Long story short, in Empire of Storms, Aelin Ashryver Galathynius is captured by her aunt Maeve. Rowan realizes that Aelin knew they were mates but never told her (Faes have mates as wolves do). He vows to find her. In Tower of Dawn, Chaol travels to the Southern Continent to secure forces for Aelin. This occurs simultaneously with the events of Empire of Storms. And I refuse to tell anything as to what happens in the Kingdom of Ash. Because that will be such a huge spoiler that I will never be able to forgive myself.
Rowaelin Are End Game: Aelin Ashryver Galathynius Ends Up With Rowan Whitethorn
Anyway, Rowan and Aelin have had this huge sexual tension ever since Queen of Shadows. In fact, Aelin says to Rowan that he is the reason she wants to live instead of existing. Rowan calls her fireheart in a loving way – the same name Aelin’s mother called her. They are finally together in Empire of Storms, but their relationship is short-lived as Maeve captures Aelin. In the end, it is revealed that Rowan and Aelin married each other so that the throne to Terrasen is secured even if something happens to Aelin. And this happened even before Rowan knew Aelin was his mate and Lyria, who he thought was his mate, was nothing but Maeve’s sorcery.