Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: (Throne of Glass #2)
Published: August 27th 2013
Publisher:  Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Categories: High Fantasy, Young Adult
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Synopsis: 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.

Review: This series is a non-living, non-breathing proof that it is all about a good story. That regardless of the genre you will enjoy it. It has something in it that pushes those biases and doubts aside and let me enjoy the book for what it is. I always voiced out my minuscule interest towards the genre. But lo and behold Ms. Maas proved to me that I shouldn’t be saying those words with finality—because she made me loved her story, her characters that I don’t care that it is from the elusive high fantasy genre.

Now that it is out in the open let me start me start my fangirling and tell you good people that this book rocks so much. I loved, loved it. There is still this fierce woman but this time shows much vulnerability. That despite her strong appearance there is still fragile girl inside. I liked how the book showed it to me. If you are those readers who wanted to learn more about Celaena’s background, you’re in luck because the book tell us her past that truly surprised me (and probably you guys too). Not only her, even Chaol’s and Dorian’s secrets and past were revealed here and I got to know more about them.

Also, now that she is the King’s champion, her work truly does come with danger now that she is under the king’s radar. At the same time she now deals with suspicious people who confused her with her decisions. She doesn’t know which one are which—which ones to trust. Yes, Chaol included.

And with that I’m going to speak about the captain of the guard, the character has captured a lot of  readers’ heart, Chaol Westfall (a very mouthful introduction but it is proper to introduce him in such way *winks*). Did I get the Chaol I’ve been wishing for since the first book ended? Heck, yeah I did and a whole lot more. To say that their relationship took more than a fair development is just a tip of the iceberg. A lot happened between them: the good, that bad, and the awesomes.  But let me start with the awesome first, the way their relationship had come is just graceful. It makes me so much happy that it is more than the shallow reasons that they have reached to that point. Just lovely.

So for the not so good part, what just upset me is that despite her saying that she trust him, that she feels at home with him, she can give him up quickly and even endanger his life…by her own hands. It just…upset me. I know (and I’ll vaguely explain it to avoid spoiling you…too much already) that what he did helped the situation happened, I still think it was irrational and quite impulsive for her to reach that decision of risking his life. I know she was mad about it and I know it was terrifying. But for someone she thinks so highly, she doesn’t even value him the way she should. I’m glad Chaol understands her. It hurt him to have added to the cause of her pain. But the scene in the end gives me so much hope for the two.  It pretty obvious what is going on (even Dorian said so) and I believed Celaena has clearer mind this time around.

I have no doubts that those people, who like me love this series, loved the first book will not be disappointed with this one. I don’t know how to wrap it up so I’ll end it with a quote: (see below).

Preview Quote: “I would be the greatest fool in the world to let you go alone.” – Chaol

“you remind me of how the world ought to be. What the world can be.” – Celaena