Series: Throne of Glass (Book 2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Assassin
Source: Kindle edition
Rating: 5 STARS! (if I could give more I would!)
Blurb (via Goodreads): After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?
I can honestly say this may just be the best book I have ever read. Seriously. THATS how amazing this book was. this is DEFINITELY a must read, starting with book one, Throne of Glass which you can read my review on by clicking HERE , and all the prequels which are optional, but definitely worth reading.
Okay, to start off, the sequel kind of starts where the first book left off, Celaena is now the royal assassin and is "doing his bidding"... notice the quotation marks there... yeah, think about that for a second ;) Anyways, on a romantic level, Dorian wants her, but knows he can't really have her. And Chaol, well, things are just complicated.
Now getting away from specifics, the book was excellently written. This shouldn't come as much of a surprise if you have already read the first book of the series, and/ or the four prequels. The story line was consistent, yet constantly surprising and vague at the same time. Maas only gives you enough information to sustain you, and never really enough to put two and two together... although I will admit, the revelation at the very end was a little predictable. The interactions between the different relationships were very realistic and believable, and everyone stayed to their character. I don't really know how I can express it more! The writing really draws you right into the book; you sit there and get to experience everything thats happening like you are in the book yourself. I don't have to tell you how rare of a gift that is to have.
The only issue, and I literally mean only, was that I really wanted her to see or somehow confront Arobynn, her old master, the King of Assassins. I really wanted to see how that interaction played out, and I REALLY hope that we get to see it in the third (final?) book of the series.