I never know to say in these things. I guess that says something about me. I read a lot, write stories, and like books. I like a good debate. Nothing else is to say. :-)
I love it when it all comes together in the end...and I love when I predictions come true. I enjoyed this installment a lot more than the first book. I hope this trend continues! I thought the author did a great job building the mystery of Celaena's heritage up and slowly revealing it piece by piece until it all comes out in the end. Poor Chaol...he suffers so prettily. His love for Celaena is so strong it blinds him to anything else. His ability to think and see through the fog of his infatuation is his weakness...and when he think he is doing what is best....it end up hurting him and them in the end. And his loyalty to the current King and Dorian...just adds to his pain and conflict. I love Chaol and I'm rooting for him, and it is great to find a book where the secondary characters also draw you in. I also am excited to see Dorian come into his own and finally break out of his father's shadow. I loved the slow build of the main romance and the ambiguousness of not only Chaol and Celaena, but Dorian and her as well. In the end though I hope they all stop keeping secrets and just tell each other something! Lord...this is frustrating. There are so many divided loyalties and motive...that even people close as any two people can be...has a wall of secrets between them. It can be exciting and frustrating. I hope the next books....there is more communication. lolBut overall this sequel answered lots of questions about the King's motives and who or what is involved in his plans, and I am sure there is more to come with him and his thirst for power. And while I enjoy the angst...I hope in the end....there is a happy ending. Especially for long suffering Chaol. 4 1/2 starts really.