Author: Sarah J. Maas
My Rating: 10 out of 10
SPOILER ALERT: Second in the series, friends!
Summary (via Goodreads): Celaena Sardothien is the king's Champion—yet she is far from loyal to the crown, for the man she serves is bent on evil. But working against her master in secret is no easy task. As Celaena tries to untangle the mysteries buried within the glass castle, she can trust no one, not even her supposed allies Crown Prince Dorian, Captain of the Guard Chaol, and foreign princess Nehemia.
Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena's world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie . . . and whom she will fight for.
An action-packed and romantic adventure that readers “will never want to leave” (Kirkus Reviews), the next chapter in this smash hit New York Times best-selling series is sure to please Sarah Maas's enormous and ever-growing fan-base–and to set the stage for an explosive third book.
My Thoughts: I'm so mad at all of you for not warning me about the HEARTBREAK I would endure. Seriously - y'all are supposed to look out for me! Kidding... kind of.
So when I started this, I had that all to familiar feeling that all readers get - that the sequel would suffer from the dreaded sequelism. You know, the obvious middle book, with no big plot lines and basically just a set up for the next instalment. I am so, so, so excited that this didn't happen, and I'm even more excited that this sequel surpassed the first one. That hasn't happened since like... Catching Fire.
The author was definitely not scared to take risks. She took some big ones, but they allllll paid off. The characters are changing in ways that seem natural to their storylines, and each and everyone of them are coming into their own larger picture. I'm so excited to see where Dorian is heading, and what happens of Chaol, and of course, Celaena. SPEAKING OF CELAENA: THAT ENDING WAS NOT FAIR AND DID UNNECESSARY THINGS TO MY HEART AND I NEED EVERYONE TO READ THIS SO THEY TOO CAN EXPERIENCE IT AND DISCUSS IT WITH ME.
On that note, I seriously have to go start Heir of Fire. Seriously... it's sitting right beside me. See ya on the flipside!
Final Thoughts: I can say with all the confidence in the world that this is - and will be - the best series I have read this year. Hell, it may be the best series I've read in the past 3 years.