Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on August 27th 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Action & Adventure, General
Source: Brilliance Audio
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She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.But does she have the heart of a killer?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. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn't the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she's made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple...
Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena’s world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie…and whom she will fight for.
Audio Review: I love Elizabeth Evans’s narration for this series. She does a fantastic job giving each character a distinct personality and tone. If you are considering this series on audio, I give it a solid 5 stars for the narration and production.
Review: So, as a recap for my experience with this series: I read the first book when it came out several years ago and I was unimpressed. For YEARS after that, I endured people telling me this series was good and I was crazy for not liking it. And in my stubbornness, I was sure they were wrong. So, I continued to not read the second book. Though a tiny part of me wondered if I was missing out. Then I decided to give the series another chance with a re-read on audio. And I loved it!
Then we come to the second book. And now I feel like a total loser for not just trying this second book anyway. Because every problem I had with Celaena was solved with this second book. She was the ruthless assassin I wanted her to be in the first book. She was so fierce, I was terrified of her. A lot of the intensity and depth that I felt was lacking in that first book really shone through. The swagger was gone and instead we were left with a trained killing machine that is trying to work through some intense problems.
Speaking of intense problems, Maas puts Celaena through the ringer. She took the things that would hurt Celaena most and made her face them: death, betrayal, and love. I very rarely say this about sequels, but this novel was much better than the first one.
I am completely impressed with Maas’s ability to turn this story into a character-driven novel that has all the right elements. If you love romance, this book will thrill you and break your heart. But, that’s not the focus of the story. There is plenty of politics, twists, turns, and flat out epic fighting scenes that keep this story moving at a break-neck pace.
Basically, I need the sequel yesterday.