Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
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"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
Please remember that these are only my OWN thoughts and opinions. Your thoughts and opinions on this series are yours, and we can still be friends if we disagree! Please don’t hate me for how I feel. I don’t usually put out disclaimers like this, but I know this fandom can be very passionate and I just wanted to put that out there.
I know that I’m a black sheep when it comes to this book to series. When I read Throne of Glass, I remembered I enjoyed it for the most part. I gave it a glowing review, which looking back on it surprises me because I remember it was pretty good but don’t remember loving it as much as my review says. (PS Does anyone else look back at an old rating and wonder why you rated it so high? LOL.) I had a lot of issues with this book that impeded my enjoyment, and I’m ready to talk about them! I will be talking about some spoilers in this review (because I MUST discuss these things!) and I will hide them in spoiler tags. If you’re reading this from the WordPress emailed version, you may want to switch to the web page as my spoiler tags don’t work in those.
The World Building
The world building is my favorite part of this book (possibly the only part I really enjoyed haha). As a fantasy lover, I enjoy large and well built worlds. We get to explore a little more the world in this second installment. In addition, the magical and paranormal aspects of the world play a bigger part in this book than in the first. I really enjoyed seeing those parts of the story develop and kept me interested in the story. I don’t have much more to say about the world building other than the fact that I enjoyed it. It’s the other aspects of the story where it really fell apart for me.
I have to say, I have come to really hate some of these characters after reading this book. I had a few characters I really enjoyed in the first book (Chaol and Nehemia especially!), but this book ruined them for me. While I enjoyed reading Celaena in the first book, I don’t think I ever completely connected with her. Unfortunately, that got worse in this book! I really didn’t understand her actions and motivations. I often felt like she was being overdramatic and… just a bit crazy, honestly. She would react to situations in ways that didn’t make sense to me. Her thoughts and actions often made me roll my eyes and sigh in frustration. I totally shipped Celaena and Chaol in the first book and I was really frustrated with the way that relationship plays out in this book. View Spoiler »Ok, obviously if you’ve read the book you know that the Celaena and Chaol ship sinks in this book. I’ve had my ships sink in the past, and while I don’t like it, it doesn’t usually interfere with my enjoyment of my book. So please don’t think I didn’t enjoy this book because of my ship sinking. I had a serious issue with the way Celaena reacted to Nehemia’s death and completely blamed it on Chaol. IT WAS NOT CHAOL’S FAULT. I think Celaena was wayyyy overreacting in blaming Chaol. And I HATED that Chaol just accepted it and was like “Yeah, I don’t blame you, you should hate me.” NO CHAOL. You were trying to do the right thing, it was no one’s fault and you don’t deserve to be hated. I also hated the fact that Nehemia died and how she died. I was SO not ready for that. I LOVED HER. I felt like it came out of no where and really only served the purpose of making Celaena hate Chaol, which is problematic to me. « Hide Spoiler
While I thought the overall plot of the story was alright, there were multiple things I had issues with. First of all, the middle of the book was quite slow. I felt like there were so many days of Celaena reading, or going shopping, or doing other mundane things. I wanted more action and mystery! I didn’t need a day to day recount of the little things Celaena was doing. I had to really push myself to continue reading during the middle of the book because I found it quite boring. Things do pick up at the end and there is a lots of action, so hang in there if you’re feeling the same way. There is also a big twist revealed at the end of the story that I had a BIG issue with. Basically, Celaena reveals a secret about herself (well, two secrets really) to the reader. I personally DON’T like when character’s who’s POV you are reading from are keeping secrets from the reader. If I’m reading from your POV, I feel like I should know you pretty well. I don’t know if other people feel this way, but that’s how I feel! When this twist was revealed, I literally became angry and frustrated that it took until the end of the second book for this twist to be revealed. NOT COOL. View Spoiler »I actually had previously been spoiled that Celaena was really Aelin, the long lost princess (although I didn’t know that she was Fae). I just assumed that Celaena didn’t already know this and that she and I would discover this secret together. When I realized she has always known who she was I got really mad and frustrated. « Hide Spoiler
Overall, I did not enjoy this book and I don’t plan on continuing in the series. I know people say each book gets better and that there are other amazing side characters in the later books. However, I really had to push myself to finish this book and I don’t feel like forcing myself through more of the series. While I enjoyed the world building, magical aspects of this book, as well as the overall plot of the story, there were multiple aspects of the book I didn’t enjoy (and that honestly made me angry). I hated how some of the character arcs turned out in this second installment and I don’t think I can read more about these characters without getting frustrated and angry. I just don’t think this series is for me guys!