My Rating: 3 stars out of 5
I had very mixed feelings about this one during the first half. Celaena kind of got on my nerves for one thing. Her couldn’t give a shit attitude just didn’t sit right with me for some reason. Although I might be slightly biased because Dorian is my favourite character and she was portraying that attitude to him as well.
But I did understand that she was a little bit selfish (it’s totally ok) and she just wanted freedom and a life of her own instead of forever being the king’s pawn. She understood the need for Dorian to stay away from her due to his future of being a ruler. However, I still didn’t understand why she had to be so blatantly mean.
But, it did get better. The mystery always pulls me in. I needed to know what the hell was going on! Who was this cloaked figure she bumped into? What does Elena want her to do? What part does the king play? How much does Nehemia know? Why does a certain someone have magic? Gah. So many questions needed answering. I think that was definitely one of the highlights in this book. Even though the suspense killed me, it kept me drawn to the story.
I did like this it. The second half somewhat more than the first. There was much action at every turn which worked really well for me. This is a story I am definitely invested in even though there were some ups and downs. I can dislike Chaol and Celaena sometime but other times I really do love them. Celaena more than Chaol.
The love factor also seemed a little underdeveloped. I didn’t really feel the chemistry or understand how they came to develop feelings for one another. If it wasn’t for the action which saved the story, I think I wouldn’t have liked this book very much.
I am highly certain this book will get better. I moved on to the third book as soon as I finished this because I am just too invested. The storyline is unique and definitely will keep you intrigued. The magic, the adventure, the story and the fantasy, all are great elements which make this series fantastic overall. I think I might however be one of the only ones who enjoyed book one more than book 2. Again, the second half of this book was truly more amazing. I think the next book in the series will be much better!