Summary: The book starts off a couple months after the end of the competition that Celaena Sardothien won, despite being drugged and Cain using the Wyrdkeys to get more power. Celaena goes around pretending to do the King’s dirty work, but she’s secretly helping these victims escape. That is until her next victim is the courtesan Archer Finn, who used to train with her at the Assassin’s keep and is dazzlingly gorgeous. Celaena begins to unearth a rebel group that Archer claims to be working with. As Nehemia begins to pressure Celaena to act more against the injustice of Adarlan, she also falls into an alluring romance with the brooding and painfully loyal Chaol. A strange creature begins roaming the halls and Celaena must race to defeat it and unwind the rebel plot before someone she loves is ensnared in a trap.
Warning: there are so many feels in this book, just so many and they’re not all good! You may want some tissues near you while you read. Despite this, it’s still awesome and just as fast paced as the one before. The romance between Celaena and Chaol sizzles into a fiery climax that kind of makes me want to die (in a good way). They’re so adorable and it’s beautiful. Once again, Maas delivers an action packed story with terrifying twists that will make you feel like you were stabbed in the stomach.
In this second installment of the Throne of Glass series, we learn more about Celaena and her past as well as what might haunt her. Celaena is still the sassy, cocky assassin I grew to love in ToG, but in CoM we also get to see her more flirtatious side and it was awesome. She is a riot, and even though there were a couple parts where I wanted to slap some sense into her, I still love this girl. The relationship that develops between Celaena and Nehemia is especially meaningful and Celaena begins to heal some of her deeply rooted scars.
This was definitely not a slumping sequel. It was dazzling and just as action packed as the first book and I knew I had to pick up the third one before I even finished this one. This series keeps you on the edge of your chair by convincing you to relax and think everything will be fine. Then boom! Plot explosion and the adrenaline starts pumping. It’s addicting and I can’t get enough!
“You remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be.”
“If they wanted Adarlan’s Assassin, they’d get her and Wyrd help them when she arrived.”