5 out of 5 gnomes
People, now this is how you write a sequel (and a love triangle.) This was such a great story that really draws you into its world. The setting, the characters, pretty much everything about it will keep you eagerly reading.
I like Celaena’s reaction to being the King’s Champion. She has some great ideas that could either turn out well or really blow up for everyone involved. This is a dangerous game all the way around because you don’t know where the pieces will fall or if she will ever be free.
Celaena is an awesomely complex character. I did guess one of the secrets about her past but wow there is a lot to her secret. I was truly surprised when this secret was revealed. She has some difficult choices in her future and a vow to keep.
Celaena’s not the only character with some revealing moments. Let’s just say that Chaol is really breaking my heart here, I have a bad feeling his character might not end well. He has to choose between friendship and loyalty and at times it’s not easy to know what he’ll do.
The love triangle is awesome but also nerve-wracking. I adore the romantic developments in this book but things sure are getting more complicated by the second.
The big bad of this series is well done because everybody knows that the real enemy is the King but nobody know what he knows or how he does what he does. This is a bad guy that won’t be taken out easily.
There are some gory moments and a couple of OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! type moments too. Deaths and dicey situations abound.
My main complaint was that I wanted to yell at all the characters, "JUST TALK TO EACH OTHER!!!!!!!" It keeps the pacing tight yes but oh so many problems could have been solved if they would just talk to each other.
The ending, whoa, that was such a heartbreaker. The next book should be epic though if this ending is foreshadowing what’s going to happen next.