Individual Rating: 4.3/5
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“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.
After finishing the first book, I had decently high hopes. If you read my first review, you’d know how much I enjoyed it. I have to say, I was surprised at first. More surprised at the characters than anything else. They knew what she was getting into when she was the King’s Champion, but most of them end up being upset that she’s killing people to gain her freedom.
There’s an interesting love triangle in this one, as I’ve come to see. I hate them. Completely. However, I do really like one of these guys more than the other. I love their interactions throughout the book, and I appreciate that they are closer now than they were before. I’m really torn between giving spoilers or not, but I won’t. Anyways, Celaena is still badass, and when we find out her ‘big secret’ I was a little peeved because I figured there’d be NO WAY this would end well…
Maas does a fantastic job of weaving together different worlds and taking us on a journey that we can be part of with Celaena rather than just watching in the background. I loved all the conflict between good and evil, and I liked trying to predict the way things would turn out. I was very happy with this book, and so far I’ve been thrilled with the series. I’m excited to see what happens in the third book, and I’m hoping I love it as much as I’ve loved them so far!
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Release Date: August 27th, 2013
Genre: Fiction, Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Author: Sarah J. Maas