Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on August 27th 2013
Number of Pages: 418
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."
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.
Celaena grew, changed and learned so much in this book. I loved the first one, but this book? Was amazing! We got to see the secret killing side of her she didn’t actually unleash in the first book. The cold calculating side. As well as the warm and loving one.
Her friendship with Nehemia was warm and fun, the perfect balance. And her relationship with Chaol was perfect. Her reactions fit, and were believable even as I yelled “Nooo!!!!” for some bits of the book.
There were more magical happenings, more things revealed and more twists. Some I had totally guessed, and some that completely surprised me. There were mistakes made by multiple characters, weaknesses and strengths revealed. New and unexpected bad guys, as well as other dimensions added to the old ones.
Dorian grows a lot as a character as well. He’s more fleshed out in this book, we learn quite a few things about him that made me like him more. The ending made me want to go out and grab the next book immediately, without being a cliffhanger.
If you haven’t read this series yet, you’re really missing out.