Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Summary: “An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.
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?” – Goodreads
I enjoyed the first book in this series, Throne of Glass, and I enjoyed this second installment even more.
There are tons of twists and turns throughout the plot, effectively keeping you on the edge of your seat. Though I admit I could see nearly all of them coming, (call it a spoilery sixth sense), I had almost no evidence for them, just gut feelings. However, that added to the suspense and casted a sense of foreboding and foreshadowing.
The characters got to stretch their legs and flesh out here more than previously. I really enjoyed seeing everyone’s continued characterization. Dorian and Nehemia were my particular favorites, setting the intrigue higher and giving the plot even bigger stakes through their actions and secrets.
The writing was good, though I feel like this book (as well as the first one) was a bit. . . I don’t know, overinflated? As if there wasn’t quite enough happening for it to justify the book being as lengthy as it was. I don’t mind a long read, (duh), but I don’t enjoy it when it’s just a tad slow. I’d rather books be too fast paced than the opposite, but that’s just me.
The highlight of this book for me overall was its emotion. I don’t want to spoil anything, but the emotions range from heart-wrenching to punch-in-the-gut to slaw-my-eyes-out suspense. Easily the best part of the book, carrying you throughout. This isn’t one of those books where everything merely sounds good yet you can’t muster any sympathy/emotion for it, it’s one that demands your feelings.
All in all, I highly recommend this book. 4.5 out of 5 stars.