Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.
Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan's deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies' blood - but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.
Torn between her two protectors - a captain and a prince - and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom...
Celaena is the same stubborn, arrogant and incredibly skilled young woman that she is in the first book but this time round she has to lie. She is the King's Champion but she won't kill for him. Instead, she fakes the deaths of everyone the King sends her after and slowly but surely gets drawn into the underground rebellion. It had been a while since I rad the first book but things came flooding back as I remembered Celaena's sass, Dorian's wit and Chaol's protectiveness.
We learn a hell of a lot more about Celaena this time round; we see the wear of being Adarlan's Assassin, the guilt of lying to her friends but with Chaol and Dorian at her side, she grows stronger. And speaking of the boys, something finally happens that makes my heart melt! And then Maas had to go and ruin it with "reality" and "actual plot" and my heart broke into a million pieces!
Some incredibly shocking things occur in this book - it has to be without a doubt the greatest second book in a series I've ever read! The story never slowed and while I wanted to shake it sometimes, it was so damn gripping I couldn't stop from turning page after page. Shock waves practically cascade from the past chapter, something is revealed that I did not see coming but made for a great cliffhanger! Thank God I had the next book ready and waiting!
Published 15th August 2013 by Bloomsbury.