Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Author: Sarah J. Maas
As Celaena’s history unfolds we discover deeply shrouded mysteries, some of which were meant to be under lock and key forever. We learn what the King’s Champion, his personal assassin, really does on her missions for the King. We watch her fall in love with a friend and see him become an enemy or worse. Some of the characters that are most beloved do not make it to the end of the novel and I found myself hanging on to every word. The characters that in the last book I hoped would kill the King and become a family and rule the continent united have been divided by lies, secrets, and betrayal. The antagonist is someone I never suspected and when it’s revealed I felt Celaena’s anger.
In addition to the action, intrigue, and brief interlude of romance when Celaena falls in love for the first time since the loss of Sam in Assassin’s Blade, some of the fantasy elements of the book finally come into play. Celaena learns how to read wyrdmarks and how to use some of them and one of the characters somehow has magic despite the curse across the kingdom.
This series is a must-read for any young-adult fantasy lovers. It’s action-packed and the plot keeps me riveted throughout every novel including this one. Read the entire Throne of Glass Series: Assassin's Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, Empire of Storms, Tower of Dawn, Kingdom of Ash.
WARNING: SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT
Book two picks up with Celaena Sardothien performing her job as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin when she presents the head of his enemy at his feet. It turns out, however, that she is deceiving everyone. We learn that she has been letting her targets fake their own deaths and using the corpses of locals that died of disease and look vaguely like her targets to replace them. This is until her next target is someone in the city of Rifthold, and is a courtesan that she knew when she was a part of the Assassin’s Guild named Archer Flynn. He’s targeted because he has ties to the rebellion, which he denies, but she gives him a month to arrange his affairs and during that month he has to provide her information about the rebellion or she’ll kill him.
During this month she reveals to Nehemia and Chaol that she hasn’t actually been killing her targets, both of whom are shocked. She also falls in love with Chaol and they have a brief romantic relationship but nearing the end of the month Chaol is taken captive in a plot to lure Celaena away from the castle while Nehemia is assassinated. She learns that this was all a ploy by Archer and kills him in the end. Before she makes this discovery she leaves Chaol for failing to warn her about the threat to Nehemia’s life and attempts to speak with her through a portal and accidentally opens a portal to another dimension where a monster comes through. She fights the monster with Dorian and Chaol beside her and Dorian uses his newfound magic to postpone the monster. Her and Chaol cross into the other dimension and she is freed from her mortal body, revealing that she is really fae and she uses her powers, which she doesn’t know how to control, to blast a hole in the land and escape back to her own dimension. They close the portal and she boards a ship to Wendlyn which Chaol arranges to try and get her away from Adarlan and the king who will execute her if he learns that she has magic. The book ends with Chaol realizing she isn’t just any fae but the lost heir of Terrasen, Aelin Galathynius.