“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.
Let me just start with: Chaol and Celeana are adorable. I can tell this is going to be an epic romance that sticks with me. It reminds me of an Alina/Mal, Karou/Akiva type relationship, and those are my favorite, because they are real! They both accept each other for who they are, they’re always there to support one another, and they don’t hold each other back from their personal journeys. It’s going to have to take a lot of healing on Celeana’s part, and a lot of growth/discovery on Chaol’s part; but I hope they make it.
I really appreciated the growth of all the characters in this book. Celaena is slowly revealing peices of herself, opening up to Chaol and Dorian, and starting to own up to her capabilities beyond being an assassin. She is also creating a new image of herself, working to have stronger morals and base things off her emotional responses; as opposed to just killing everyone, which was a threat she threw around a lot in the first book.
Chaol identifies himself through his loyalty to his country, but I think he has such potential as a leader outside of the castle. He’s so devoted to Celeana, even when he doesn’t know the whole story, and he constantly pushes himself to understand Celaena and her motives, which shows so much willingness to open himself up to other opinions and I think that’s great. Watching him navigate his fierce loyalty to his country, his unconditional love of Celeana, and his strong morals will be really interesting in the next book.
Dorian is magic! And this is just crazy, I have no idea what that is going to mean for him come this next book, but it’s going to be serious. And I liked how he accepted that he and Celeana weren’t meant to be – though he still has deep feelings for her, and how he starts to stand up to his father. He’s trying to become a man, and he’s beginning to succeed.
All this magic stuff. There is still so much we don’t know! But more and more is being revealed, and this book answered so many questions I had from the first one. We figure out where the King is getting his power, how it is accessed, the different types of magic; all sorts of stuff! Now we just have to figure out how Celeana, Chaol, and Dorian are going to use the info they have to save the world, especially as they will be seperated, and they are all still keeping secrets from each other.