“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.”
I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. It was fast paced and the character development was much more intriguing. We learn a lot more about all the characters and that added suspense to the whole story. We were let in on some secrets that would be the death of some characters if the wrong people found out. I felt like the book trusted us with the information it held back from the first book.
I liked how the story developed from Celaena becoming the King’s Champion to developing into a character concerned with the bigger picture. I liked that she was more of a spy or private detective over an assassin for the majority of this book. I am also intrigued by the reappearance of magic and the hints of why it disappeared in the first place. There was a lot of insight into the world the story is set in this book.
I couldn’t put this book down. It gripped me and was face paced and easy to read. The story kept my on my toes and in suspense throughout. There were a number of twists and turns and I enjoyed the development of this as part of the bigger plot line.
I am very much looking forward to the next one and have pre-ordered it on my kindle, rather than wait for my library to get a copy as there is always a delay in getting new books. I love getting hooked on a new series of books. I imagine this could be one I go back to again and again, but it will depend on how it ends. Fingers crossed it won’t be an anticlimax (worst thing ever when it comes to books!).