Guten Tag, my dear dear booknerdigans. How are we all on this fine, Wednesday afternoon or morning or whatever time it is wherever you are in the world.
*Calls out into the empty void*
Alright, well anyway.
Here’s your friggin’ synopsis.
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.
And once again, there will most definitely be a few spoilers. If you don’t want to know anything, don’t read it.
If ya don’t give a shite, then feast yer eyes.
It was beautiful, absolutely everything I was hoping for. Everything took a much darker and serious direction in this book and it was glorious. From the first chapter, you keep thinking “okay, so what’s next?” Now that Celaena has won the tournament and she’s earned the role as the king’s personal assassin/champion, what’s in the cards for Celaena?
WELL, I’LL TELL YOU WHAT. SHE BECAME A FREAKING BEAST.
Or rather, halfway through the book she did.
Let me clear the confusion.
Obviously, this book is centered on Celaena and her new job, as well as the others around her and where that leaves all of them. Celaena has the task of taking out the king’s enemies and such except Celaena isn’t killing anyone (not yet). I almost flipped my lid when I discovered that she was letting her victims go—I know, I’m morbid. But I wanna see some murders man—however Celaena’s relationship with Chaol, Nehemia, and Dorian took a much bigger turn for the better. (Sort of).
This first half of the book was full of Celaena discovering some secrets and trying to figure out what the king was planning. As well as meeting old friends like Archer, the gorgeous courtesan, and new friends like Mort the wonderfully sarcastic magic door knocker.
Then we have the love aspect of the book, in which there’s no longer much of a love triangle anymore. Celaena’s been good on her decision to keep Dorian on strictly friends only terms, whereas with Chaol, their attraction and sexual tension is so heavy it explodes. Dorian and Celaena as best friends is the best thing since chocolate covered marshmallows. They’re so much better as friends, you guys. They’re so easy with each other and trusting and they can rely on one another. I just. I JUST WANT THEM TO BE BEST FRIENDS FOREVER.
And Dorian has magic?!? HELL. YEAH. DID NOT SEE THAT COMING. AND I LOVE IT. LET IT GO, BABY, LET IT GO.
As for Chaol and Celaena, everything sort of blows up when he’s there to comfort her on her parents deathiversary, and then she puts together this really sweet birthday surprise for him. Then she spills the beans about the fact that she hasn’t actually murdered a single person on the king’s blacklist, and after a quick freak out moment, he understands and offers to help her and run away with her. Annnd, I don’t know man, I guess that really got them both all hot and bothered because they stumbled over each other all the way home back to Celaena’s rooms.
But anyway, now they’d become a thing (mostly for animalistic attraction reasons), you can just see how much they respect each other. The way they communicate and the way they act around each other. They gotta be together forever. Chaol is the only man who is as strong if not stronger as Celaena in every aspect of the meaning.
Now, let’s briefly talk about the fact that NEHEMIA IS DEAD. SHE’S GONE. And when she died, so did Celaena, and I think a small part of me died with her too because Nehemia did not deserve to die—especially in the brutal disrespectful way that she did. It was quite surprising that she was killed off so early on in the books because I felt that she was so crucial to the story, but now I think I understand why she needed to die. She had to go, so that Aelin could live.
I think what made me even more depressed was how harshly Celaena acted toward Chaol after finding Nehemia’s body. It wasn’t even his fault.
And I knew she’d be pissed at Chaol, but not that she would be a raging ball of fire. HOLY SHIT MAN, CALM DOWN, DON’T FORGET THAT CHAOL WAS GOING TO GIVE UP EVERYTHING FOR YOU. She was mad because he knew that the king was going to question Nehemia, and yeah, he probably should have said something about that to Celaena, but then she finds out Cain—one of the assholes from the first book—was the murderer. And she was STILL mad at Chaol. WHY? Tell me this.
I don’t know. I just think she’s overreacting.
Of course there’s the “big surprise”, Celaena is Aelin which is no surprise to me, like I said in my TOG Review, I could not erase this information that was disclosed on every source of media, from my brain. I’m glad that it was discovered in this book though, I felt that it was a good ending to open an even bigger world for the next book. Now that Chaol knows, and he considers her his enemy—and he hers—I still think they belong together and they just need to work together, work this out, be buddies again, get over their fucking stubborn personalities and be together.
Cam an, you guys. For me. Por favor.
Alas, that is all I’ve got for you poor readers today, I hope you do get a chance to pick these books up even if you don’t like my crappy summaries. To put it simply, they’re really, really good.
Au revoir for now.