Throne Of Glass Series #2
Published by Bloomsbury on August 27, 2013
From the throne of glass rules a kind with a fist of iron and a soul 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 allegiance – 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.
My ReviewFor me, everything started with the beautiful covers this series has. The first one of the German edition caught my eyes right away and later I started buying the original editions.
So it was no question at all for me to keep reading this series. Especially not after I had read the novellas to this series in which you get an even better insight into Celaena´s life and world.
And it was exactly that what kept me reading during first third which was in my eyes a bit weak.
After that, the author burns a firework that keeps you turning the pages eager to discover what will happen next. The language is easy to understand, simple and yet powerful. The author answers some questions I had in my mind after reading the first book and brought up new ones at the same time. Despite that, her fantasy is really something and the movie I had playing inside my head was the perfect complement.
Celaena has still to suffer. But now it is because she has to fulfill the king´s evil orders. Her elegance, her self-awareness and her almost outrageous arrogance as an assassin are very remarkable and show a gracefulness you can´t train.
Prince Dorian is a character who´s life isn´t easy. Not during book one and for sure not in this second. But how he developed and how he dares to stand up against his father, the king, in one scene is just wow. That scene is simply great, thought the following consequences are anything but good for him. But exactly that tightrope walk makes this figure so fascinating.
Cover of the German edition
Sarah J. Maas grew up in Manhattan and already with the first design to Throne of Glass she caused sensation. With sixteen she published “Queen of Glass” (the title back then) in an online forum for authors and initiated with that one of the earliest online phenomena worldwide. She currently lives with her husband and dog in Pennsylvania.