Author: Sarah J. Maas
Info: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, copyright 2013, 420 pages
My Throne of Glass review [July 2012]
A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): "Where do the assassin's loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?" (Loved this too much from the Goodreads description)
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?
Calaena Sardothien is now, reluctantly, the King's Champion, and he is wasting no time sending her out to do his violent bidding. News of a rebel movement has reached the throne, and the king wants nothing more than to put an end to any threat of attack. But the trick is finding creative ways to make the king believe she is fulfilling all of his requests. Then there's the strange cloaked figure that is stalking the kingdom hallways at night and her growing attachment to a certain Captain of the Guard despite the lingering affection from the Crown Prince. Calaena is fighting a past, her present, and the future. Will she have the strength to win?
Now that's how a sequel should be done! Seriously awesome. Really. No un-needed recapping, plenty of action, a continuation of fabulous character development, and a cliff hanger that leaves you wanting more. Oh, so much more.
Calaena's dark past is really flushed out as the story continues. Her time in the mines of Endovier still haunt her, and she carries a darkness inside of her that is truly terrifying. But at the same time, she's aware of the darkness. She's trying so hard to keep it at bay, and she fights the king silently so that she doesn't become the assassin she's capable of being.
A corrupt king, the threat of dark magic, hidden family secrets, unexpected love, and unbelievable grief. Sarah J. Maas has put together a rather remarkable fantasy that is definitely worth checking out.
Now for the LONG wait for the next installment :(