Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy YA
First Published: 2013
Page Count: 418
Film/ TV Adaptation: No
Rating: 4/5 Stars
Note: Book 2 of the Throne of Glass series
With the competition over, book two gets down to the real issues and real relationships that were hinted at in book one.
*Romantic Developments *Character Development
“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.” Celaena Sardothien is now the King’s Champion and her royally sanctioned assassin duties are in full swing. However, Celaena can never truly give her loyalty to a King who has taken so much from her and caused her so much pain. Her secrets soon become too much to hide and the tangled web she is weaving to keep the people she cares about safe actually does more harm than good. Evil still lurks in the castle and Celaena’s job as the King’s assassin lands her right in the thick of it despite her efforts to remain as moral a person as possible while under the King’s thumb.
I was not a fan of the King’s Champion competition in book one so I enjoyed this book much more because it didn’t have the competition to distract us from the real drama at hand. In book two, we get much more development in Celaena’s romantic life, but I won’t reveal who she gets intimately close with. I’ll only say that I whole heartedly approved. However, what I really liked about this book was how much we learned about all the characters and how they have evolved. Prince Dorian discovers something in himself he didn’t know was possible and could lead to his death if any one were to discover it, we meet an important member of Chaol’s family, and the most important revelation is learning everything Calaena is capable of and where she came from.
There was nothing I disliked about this book probably because I was so excited to be over and done with the competition aspect of this series. Every page reveals something new and interesting about a character or the story and it is action packed from beginning to end. The only reason this book also only got 4/5 stars like Throne of Glass is because the story of the series still does not stand up with some of my favorite series of all time like Lord of the Rings or A Court of Thorns and Roses. I enjoy the story but it doesn’t wow me in terms of what is out there for fantasy whether in stand alone novels or a series.
I was a bit iffy after book one as to whether I wanted to continue with this series but after finishing book two, I’m glad I decided to keep reading. I’ll definitely be ordering book three because now that I know what I do about Prince Dorian, Calaena, the King and his puppets, Nehemia, and Chaol, I have to keep reading to find out what happens to everyone. The stage has been set for some interesting interactions and a lot of action in the upcoming books and I can’t wait to see how Calaena will take on her next challenge as the King’s Champion.