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Posted September 7, 2013
Given it has been a bit from reading Throne of Glass, honest
Given it has been a bit from reading Throne of Glass, honestly all I remember was that I loved it, Celaena was kick ass and I adored her, and there was a love triangle that I liked and I think I was rooting for the underdog. All my recollection from before I began, but it quickly came back to me.
Celaena is tough, smart and witty, and I admired her. She goes about everything in such a calculated manner, and she has this ability to see and treasure the good, and have no limits for injustice. I couldn't believe but thought it was exactly like her in the ways that she was defying the king. I knew that she was walking a very narrow road, but admired her all the same. I honestly had forgotten about the Elena theme from the last one, but it also emerged in this one, and I enjoyed that storyline as it challened Celaena even more.
I loved Chaol even more in this one. It is becoming apparent to even Dorian how much he cares for Celaena, and he can't stand it when she is off on the dangerous missions for the king. He wants to protect her and wishes that the line drawn by his position and hers wasn't there. But I lived for their stolen moments, of how steamy it can even be for him to just hold her. It is touching how he cares for her so much he just wants to throw caution to the wind, but I am glad that he is smart about it.
Dorian was present in this one, but thankfully wasn't really a factor into the triangle like in the first, but he is there as a friend to Celeana when she needs one the most. He stepped up in many ways, but still has a long way to grow as royalty. But he is harboring a secret in this one that I had no inkling would happen, but it means big things.
I will say that Sarah almost made me cry, and def shocked me at some of the turn of events that happened. There were so many twists in this one, things that I never saw coming, and that I am still even at the end, not sure exactly what the implications will be but I know that I can't wait to find out. The climax and ending left me breathless and wanting more from this beautifully written novel with so many layers.
Bottom Line: Layered and exciting 2nd book of a series with an awesome and dangerous female main character.
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Posted September 8, 2013
Better than the first book
I love it when it all comes together in the end...and I love when I predictions come true. I enjoyed this installment a lot more than the first book. I hope this trend continues! I thought the author did a great job building the mystery of Celaena's heritage up and slowly revealing it piece by piece until it all comes out in the end. Poor Chaol.....he suffers so prettily. His love for Celaena is so strong it blinds him to anything else. His ability to think and see through the fog of his infatuation is his weakness...and when he think he is doing what is best....it end up hurting him and them in the end. And his loyalty to the current King and Dorian...just adds to his pain and conflict. I love Chaol and I'm rooting for him, and it is great to find a book where the secondary characters also draw you in. I also am excited to see Dorian come into his own and finally break out of his father's shadow.
I loved the slow build of the main romance and the ambiguousness of not only Chaol and Celaena, but Dorian and her as well. In the end though I hope they all stop keeping secrets and just tell each other something! Lord...this is frustrating. There are so many divided loyalties and motive...that even people close as any two people can be...has a wall of secrets between them. It can be exciting and frustrating. I hope the next books....there is more communication. lol
But overall this sequel answered lots of questions about the King's motives and who or what is involved in his plans, and I am sure there is more to come with him and his thirst for power. And while I enjoy the angst...I hope in the end....there is a happy ending. Especially for long suffering Chaol. lol. 4 1/2 starts really. Almost perfect.
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Posted March 8, 2014
Posted March 1, 2014
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If I could describe this sequel in one word it would be: wow. Stuff happens in this and of course Celeana actually does, assassin...stuff. Where in the last book it just told us and now really show. But here, again, wow. There was moments where I took my time reading, then halfway into the book I wanted to keep reading. Because well, how can not after a moment like that (in the middle of the book of course). For those who liked the first but wanted well, more, then you'll like this one. And there's character development and the characters are do something you know! They do in the first one but you like them more here. Near the end I was like, huh, I kind of guessed that one but at the same time was like, well that happened. And what have to wait for next book? Great. So yeah sequel far better than the first and is more fast paced, even the calm moments you can't help but read through. Can't wait for the next one.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 18, 2014
I am sorry, I really am, but this will be more of a rant/sob se
I am sorry, I really am, but this will be more of a rant/sob session than a review. This book made me both furious and heartbroken. I kind of feel like I had just went through a breakup which is ridiculous, but I am SO very attached to this story and it hurt me and now I can’t seem to get over it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
What can I say about the plot? Well, I started this book in the evening and finished at 3:00 a.m. and that should be all you need to know. I had a lot of trouble prying myself away from this, even though I kind of started hating what was happening in a “how could the author bloody do this to me” way somewhere around the 55% mark. I did think the perspective shifts were overdone, with as many as three perspectives in a single scene, still it was interesting to get multiple views, even if it could be distracting.
Can I punch Celaena, please? Really hard and in the face? I wanted to beat some sense into her for her…her obtuseness. Really, girl, get your head on straight. Chaol omitted the truth because he thought he was protecting you whilst Nehemia outright lied (after she promised there’d be no falsehoods between you, might I add) and Chaol is the one you tear into? Then we find out it wouldn’t have mattered if he’d told you or not because Nehemia freaking planned the whole thing. GET OVER IT ALREADY.
I have never liked Nehemia. I know a lot of people do, but I’m at a loss as to why. Yes, she’s an advocate for her people and so on and so forth, but she’s always struck me as an “ends justifies the means” sort and I think she proved me right. :SPOILER: I was supposed to be sad when she turned up dead, but I wasn’t because I never found her relatable or even likeable and am clueless as to why Celanea would go into depression, lying around and doing nothing after she died. I mean, when Sam was killed, Celanea cried herself to sleep then set out to gank the guy who’d done it the next morning. And at the time Sam was the only person in the world she could even call a friend. But when Her Royal Highness gets her throat cut… Really? You’re Adarlan’s Assassin. PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER. :SPOILER OVER:
Dorian…he was okay in this book. I would have liked him, maybe even adored him if it hadn’t been for this one scene toward the end where he’s “glad she was seeking comfort from him instead of Chaol.” Them’s fightin’ words, boy. Alright, so maybe I’m taking the whole “Team Chaol” thing too far. Dorian grows a lot in this book and starts to questions his father’s actions more, becoming his own man and future ruler material. I did like him better in this book than the previous one.
And now we get to Chaol. Oh, Chaol. What can I say about Chaol? Well, you’ve probably already guessed that I love him to bits. He’s brave with a heart of gooey eiderdown under that dutiful exterior and wants to do the right thing, even if he’s a little misguided right now. Self-sacrificial and passionate and courageous and loving and sheer amazing—okay, I’m fangirling, time to stop.
I warned you this would be less of a review and more of a rant. Thinking back, this book stirred so many passionate feelings on my part, maybe it deserves another star for getting me this involved. But I’m mad at it, so I refuse. The ending broke me into itty bitty, jagged pieces and I am kind of angry at Sarah J. Maas. Will I buy the next book? I kind of have to if I want to find out what happens to my OTP and if the king gets his. Oh, and :SPOILER: Celaena and Chaol had better get back together in Heir of Fire, or There. Will. Be. BLOOD. :SPOILER OVER:
Posted August 27, 2013
After a bit of a slow start I had this pegged as the usual YA ps
After a bit of a slow start I had this pegged as the usual YA pseudo fantasy.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I didn't really notice how it was reeling me in bit by bit until I realised there was some element about it that had peaked my interest.
I ended up really enjoying it.
Celaena has her own agenda, despite the fact she believes she is acting on behalf of an ancient queen, she is driven by her secrets and painful past.
Chaol needs to rethink his occupation or take some IQ tablets. Talk about ignoring the obvious and thereby inadvertently betraying the person he supposedly loves the most.
Dorian needs to grow a pair of brass ones, stand up to the tyrant and pull out the tongue of his derriere kissing cousin.
Then Celaena wouldn't have to go all ninja assassin nuclear balastic on everyone all the time. That's when she isn't busy being a bookworm that is. Got to love how the author slipped that in there.
It seems as if Maas is just finding her literary comfort zone with this series and I hope the next book will be indicative of that zone.
I received a free copy of this book via NetGalley.
Posted January 30, 2014
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Posted September 4, 2013
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Posted September 29, 2013
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