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Crown of Midnight
Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publication Date: August 27th, 2013
Category: Young Adult
Genre: High Fantasy
Star Rating: 5 out of 5
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie... and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for
This is the second book in the Throne of Glass series. If you have not yet read the first book, Throne of Glass, then you can read my review HERE. I do not recommend reading this review if you have not yet read the first book. This review will not contain spoilers for Crown of Midnight but it will for Throne of Glass.
This sequel was fantastic and the feel, OH MY GOD- THE FEEELLLSSS. Crown of Midnight was so much better then Throne of Glass. I'm only on the second book and am already so attached to these characters, it's crazy how Maas does that to you.
Now that Celaena is the King's Champion her life is different. Here biggest problem is the pressing list of people to assassinate without loosing sight of herself and her true motives. She is forced to revert back to the cold-hearted Adarlan's Assassin that everyone knows her by in order to keep the King happy.
Throne of Glass flowed really well, we got to know our characters and there motives. There was twists and turn but we were typically able to see them coming or Maas had laid it out for us to expect them- well this wasn't the case with Crown of Midnight. This book was like being on a roller coaster ride blind-folded. You're being whipped around turns, through crazy spirals, thrown through loops, all without being able to see what's coming.
This book started with what felt like a blank slate. Sarah left nothing laid out on the table for us when we opened Crown of Midnight up. The mysteries and trouble that lie ahead were completely unknown to us until we were in the moment.
The characters really open up in this book. We get to see that they aren't perfect. They make mistakes and make wrong decision that test their strengths and abilities. We are shown that they do have weakness and have to figure out how to rise up despite them.
“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.”
Celeana is a badass. She still remains the sassy, arrogant Celeana we all know and love but we get to see a wild deadly side of her too. When it comes to revenge she is lethal. She still has a heart though and when her friends are threatened she lets nothing get in her way of keeping them safe and is unforgiving while doing so.
"She was a whirlwind of steel and blood. As he watched her cut through the men like they were stalks of wheat in a field, he understood how she had gotten so close to touching Endovier’s wall that day. And at last—after all these months—he saw the lethal predator he’d expected to find in the mines. There was nothing human in her eyes, nothing remotely merciful. It froze his heart."
Dorian Havilliard and Celeana Sardothian. They're seriously what would seem to be the most unlikely friends but I feel their friendship really works. I love Dorian's banter with Celeana. He puts up this alpha-male act with her and she's just so nonchalant about it, as if Dorian isn't to be a ruler. He has such a great personality that you can't help but love him.
In this book Celeana and Chaol begin to get close, as in real close. It makes things awkward a bit strained when it comes to their relationship with Dorian. After Throne of Glass it's evident that Dorian views Celeana as more then a friend but she doesn't reciprocate those feelings. And to be quite honest, I'm okay with that because I hardcore ship her with Chaol. I adore Dorian, just not with her. I've had a thing for Chaol the moment he took Celeana from Endovier and brought her to Dorian.
“The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realised she was home.”
Nehemia plays a big role in this book too in trying to aid Celeana as well.
“Why are you crying?"
"Because," she whispered, her voice shaking, "you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be.” -Nehemia
There are so many plot twists in this book that it's honestly hard to review around them. This is turning out to be a series I really enjoy and will highly recommend!
Note: Sorry if this review is choppy, I wrote it after I read the entire series as I was trying not to mix details from the other books! The downfall of zooming through a series and not writing my review after each individual book... lesson learned. maybe. lol
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My name is Devynn, I'm a 18 year old girl who resides in sunny Southern California. Most of my time is spent with my nose stuck in a book or on the back of a horse. I love the outdoors and hiking, specifically in the spring when everything is blooming and beautiful!