Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Mass: Celaena learns the truth about herself and must decide to fight for herself or continue to be a slave to those she has grown to love.
Trial by Fire (Worldwalker #1) by Josephine Angelini: A girl wishes to disappear and is sent to a “New Salem” and discovers her other self.
Falling into Place by Amy Zhang: Most popular girl at school has a breakdown and tries to kill herself.
Unmade (The Lynburn Legacy #3) by Sarah Rees Brennan: Final book to the indecisive Kami in a weird love triangle trying to defeat the most powerful wizard in Sorry-in-the-Vale.
Lullabies by Lang Leav: A collection of poetry involving love and loss (the author has been really hyped so I am curious)
The Iron Trial by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare: Holly Black is a master at creepy stories so of course I am going to read this book even if she was simply an editor.
If you haven’t read my review for Throne of Glass read it here
At this point Celaena Sardothien is a full blown royal assassin. She still has no loyalty to the king but she is still kicking everyone’s ass. Chaol and Dorian are still questioning their feelings for Celaena and Celaena herself is questioning her feelings for just about everything.
But despite the conflicts of heart, Celaena has to deal with a bigger threat she never thought was possible.
Most second books in a series lack . . . really bad. However, Maas has proved that she is an amazing writing. The suspense and the action in this book go hand and hand and although there are a few chapters that a bit boring it doesn’t let down the book. You have to remember second books usually cover the hanging question of why.
What I truly loved was the Chaol. He is a mess in this book. Like Calaena he does a lot of back and forth to see where his loyalty lies. However, he loves Calaena and I love him for that hahaha. I felt so bad for him because he only wants her to be okay . . . he wants to protect her and obviously love her.
Calaena is a bit annoying in this book. & that is all I will say about that.
Andddd to be honest I can care less for Dorian. Yes, he loves Calaena very much and would do anything for her. However, he cannot stand up to his father (he did once but ehhh) and he has to mind to look further to see what is really going on with the Kingdom. I felt that Dorian didn’t understand Calaena liked Chaol did/does and that Calaena liked him more because of the life she wished she had. Not saying she is a gold digger or anything; just simply saying that the connection I feel with Chaol and Calaena is real.
Maas didn’t focus on the love triangle which is more than appreciated. It was a story within the story that didn’t take away from Calaena job as an assassin.
Overall the book gets 9 out of 10. The book was amazing and it has everything every reader needs to love it. I truly hope that the third book will be the last not because I want it to end but I do not want the story to lose its essence by dragging.
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18 year old assassin Celaena Sardothien has been serving a year of hard labor for her crimes. That is until the Crown Prince Dorian offers her a chance to win her freedom; compete in a competition to become the King’s Champion for the next four years and then you are free.
Weary of the Prince and the King, Celaena accepts and strikes an interesting bond with the King’s captain. As easy as the competition sounds for Celaena when dead contestants begin popping up Celaena learns a thing or two about herself and what it takes to truly be a champion.
I loved this book. Maas did a great job of making you curious about Celaena and surprisingly enough not about what she did or how the greatest assassin got caught but curious about how the competition is going to turn out. For about six chapters you continue to hear about this competition as they essentially groom Celaena as a member of royalty and as a champion.
Celaena was a very like able character. She was extremely head strong not too sassy, or blunt. She wasn’t cold either. She knew what she wanted and she fought to get it while also having some genuine warmth. I really loved the fact that she wasn’t boy crazy even when things begin to turn for her heart she wasn’t stupid.
I also liked the fact that for a while Maas left room for the reader to judge Celaena’s relationship with the captain and the Prince before actually making it known. I was surprised by her choice and ultimately the final choice but it made me like Celaena even more.
When the dead bodies start showing up things being to get more exciting because there is a magic element to it. & no it isn’t cliché; it is done very well which is unexpected because the book didn’t necessarily need magic in it.
Through the entire story Maas was able to keep a pace in which you wanted to know more. The ending was perfect. It didn’t leave you hanging too long but just enough for you to want to read the next book.
Overall the book gets 9 out of 10.
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