Sarah J. Maas
Paperback, 415 pages
Published August 15th 2013 by Bloomsbury Childrens
“Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.”
The character development in this book is phenomenal and definitely left tears in my eyes. We see a vicious, animalistic side to Celaena that hasn’t been seen before. But also, we see the kind heart side of her explored more too. We also get to know Chaol more in this book and get to know the extent of his feelings for Celaena and how far he’d go to not necessarily protect her but just to make life easier for her. This is another reason why I love Maas’s writing as it is realistic and relatable. Plus, Dorian is also presented with a massive revelation in this book that will change his life forever, and the way he deals with this change is respectable but minimal so hopefully, is more explored in book three Heir of Fire. We were also left we a lot of what I call “Cliffhanger-characters”, where we don’t truly know what happened to them including Kaltain and Roland. My only fault with the characters in this book was Nahemia. I wasn’t able to really connect with her in book one- Throne of Glass- either, because she is so secretive and is very much a closed case kind of person. I personally just felt next to no emotion from her in both books.
This book, like the last, is multiple POV’s. We have the three main protagonists (Celaena, Dorian andChaol) 3rd person POV’s. But there are also very short excerpts from other characters, which add to the mystery and suspense. The character’s thoughts are beautifully capture by Sarah J. Mass and I cant wait to see what is going to unfold later in the series.
Overall, this series is a must read! I understand that some people didn’t particularly enjoy the first book as there wasn’t much world building and action. But this book will definitely change your opinions if you felt like this, I am almost 100% positive about it. The character development is spot on, leaving still some major flaws that the characters will have to meet head on to fulfil their fate’s. There are also, lots of unanswered questions and after the abrupt ending that left me wanting more, I cannot doubt that people will come to adore this series.
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