Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Published: August 27, 2013
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Synopsis: From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
First off this book was amazing. Secondly, it was an even better sequel. When books are apart of a series, to me, the sequel and every book after that are the most vital points to the whole story. The sequel is suppose to be as good as the first book and some and this book was surely that. Everything from the beginning to the end was great. There were times when I was literally gaping, screaming, and rolling around like an idiot. The characters are growing as people and in the relationships between each other. Sarah J Maas is a genius when it comes to character development.
Celaena is the King’s Champion and is suppose to be doing his bidding but she takes thing into her own hands trying to twist fate but all the while risking everything and everyone she loves. She is so cool and so bada**, she totally makes me want to learn how to fight. She’s so brave just as her friends, Chaol and Dorian. Though I will say I never really liked Choal, I always thought of him as an idiot and this book shows just that. I love Dorian, he is just a sweetie pie and the king clearly didn’t really think through his big plan to conquer the world when it comes to his heir. But all that aside, Nehemia is the dearest friend and I think she was great for someone for like Celaena to hang around.
The awful turn of events start at the worst time and just keep piling on. From thinking you find love to that very love betraying you in the worst way and things tend to get out of hand. I feel like the only thing that really let me down was that Celaena is this powerful assassin with these crazy senses and intuition but she’s trusting all the wrong people but I love that she makes up for it when she starts kicking some serious butt. Overall, this book was a complete shock and joy to read and I recommend it to anyone who loves Maas’ other series of A Court of Thorns and Roses or Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments books.
Have you read Crown of Midnight? The next book, Heir of Fire???