Also by this author: Heir of Fire, Throne of Glass, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on August 27th 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.But does she have the heart of a killer?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. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn't the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she's made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple...
After enjoying the first book in this series I knew I had to continue on. After all the first book was good but I needed more and I needed the confusing magical elements from the first book to be better explained.
As soon as this book starts off I feel we jump right into what is going on. I have to say the plot lines in this book have greatly improved from the first book and I felt the writing was easier to follow. In the first book I stumbled over some of the magic and things of that nature because I felt they didn’t fit in the story well. I feel that in this book we finally get some answers and that the magical elements start to come together. There are more and more secrets that Celaena uncovers in this book and each piece really helps this book to develop all of the loose ends from the first book. I love the overall growth in this book as the characters start to get use to each other and start to realize more of what they want.
I’m not really surprised though that in this book Chaol gets more of a spotlight. I was already figuring that out during the first book. After all if a girl who lives a crazy life needs a man in her life it is going to be Chaol. Afterall he completely stands for justice and he can be a rock for Celaena at times which is nice to see her experience a man in such a way. I like that she was able to find some comfort with Chaol as well as with normal life activities. We start to understand the taste that Celaena has in this book and what she did in her life before she came to the palace. I did highly enjoy these little pieces which when you pay attention will really help piece together the story for you.
I don’t want to say too much in this review because I really don’t want to spoil anything for those who have not yet started the series. All I will say is that this book is fantastic. There is a lot more fantasy elements to this book, questions are answered, big things are revealed, and this book will leave you high. This book is a true rush from the moment it starts to the moment it ends. Plus Celaena shows more of that kick ass assassin side in this book which I can’t help but love. I need the next book in my hands ASAP because after the ending of this book I need to know what happens next.
Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she’s not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.