Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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Throne of glass bk 2. Bloomsbury, 2013. ISBN 9781408834947.
(Age: Teenage - Adult) Recommended. Celaena Sardothien is firmly ensconced as the King's Assassin in this sequel to Throne of Glass and she is as invincible as ever. Every deadly assignment ends in success but whose severed heads are being thrown at the King's feet? While Celaena's wealth and fame swells in the service of a King she despises, she is secretly trying to discover the source of the King of Adarlan's power. Her kindred spirit, Princess Nehemia, helps her to decipher Wyrdmarks, riddles and genealogies in order to explore the ancient Fae Queen's Tomb and the catacombs under the castle for answers. The King's son and her admirer, Dorian, has problems of his own, trying to conceal his newfound magical powers, years after his tyrannical father has supposedly eliminated magic from the realm.
When her closest male counterpart Chaol, the captain of the guard, returns her love, Celeana's sexual awakening distracts her from guarding the princess with dreadful consequences for the four friends and the kingdom of Eyllwe.
Grief stricken, Celaena must re-assess her plans for freedom in order to continue Nehema's legacy but not before Chaol discovers his sweetheart's true identity when once again Celaena clashes with the King's dark forces.
Fans of fantasy will continue to be awestruck by the clashes between these fanciful ancient realms through the eyes of such a capable heroine.
Deborah Robins