Book 2 (Book 1: Throne of Glass)
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?
So I liked this book a lot. It wasn’t as action packed as the first one but it had more drama. The novel mainly focuses on Celaena’s feelings towards Chaol and an underlying hint of revolt within the city. Calaena was just as strong as she was in the last book, maybe even a bit more dangerous. She could be a little frustrating with her unwillingness to take any responsibility for the fate of many but her reaction was understandable. Still we knew she was meant for bigger things before she did. Chaol is still strongly loyal to the Crown but when Celaena becomes involved we get to see him feel conflicted. He’s very passive that I don’t find it to be an endearing quality. I really like Dorian and we definitely get to see a more vulnerable side of him as he is dealing with his own issues but there was so little of him in the book. Since it was clear who Celaena was leaning towards romantically I had hoped Nehemia was a possible love interest but that didn’t work out so I was a little disappointed in the romance in this book. Celaena’s and Chaol’s relationship was gradual and I guess that was supposed to make it more realistic but sometimes love is at first sight is (like with Dorian). I’d recommend this series.
There will be another book coming out in 2014.