Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas | Book ReviewCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27th 2013
Genres: Fantasy & Magic
Pages: 420
Format: Hardcover
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five-stars

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

What I thought NEW

“I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”

This book! I am so enormously grateful to my friend Kim, who pointed (or rather pushed) me into the right direction and made me read this book. While Throne of Glass was a book I finished in no time at all and utterly fell in love with, Crown of Midnight managed to be even more badass! There was more action, more character development, more surprises, more complications, more sexy, and a huge I-never-saw-it-coming twist.

Celaena was just goddamn badass. There, I said it. There’s no way I would ever mess with her! She became the assassin I expected to see in Throne of Glass, but only got glimpses of. She was even more fierce and more ruthless, and I can honestly say that I’ve never met a character like Celaena Sardothien before. She’s lives up to the title of Ardalan’s  assassin, and as the King’s champion she’s even more ruthless than before. Her confidence and self-assured arrogance is as present as it was in Throne of Glass, as is her flirtatious sense of humour. She’s brutal and never fails to live up to her title. The best part of all, is that despite all the severed heads and bloody scenes that made my skin crawl, she’s still the character that ate near a half pound of candy in the morning that I fell in love with in the first book. She’s so much more than a killer with a pretty face. And as her relationships with Nehemia, Dorian and Chaol develop and grow more intense, it is hard not to like her. I felt for her through the entire story, as did I respect her and wanted to shake some sense in her (though I’d never dare to do so, because I like my head attached, thank you very much!). She truly is one of the best characters I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading about and she manages to evoke all feelings you need to feel while reading this book.

And then we have Dorian Havilliard and Chaol Westfall. Where I had no preference in the first book, I started leaning more towards the Captain of the Guard in the sequel. Though, if I’m really honest, I have to admit that I have huge crushes on both of the guys. They each have their part in uncovering the true Celaena and they are characters equally lovable. This series has some of the best characters I’ve ever encountered. Between the characters mentioned above, Fleetwoot’s presence, and a non-living thing that has the uncanny ability to speak, the characters and all their quirks and interactions make this series as epic as it is.

The plot carried some revelations that I never saw coming, and jaw-dropping plot twists that changed the outcome of this story. The plot and the word-building was just out of this world (yes, that good!). We learn a lot about Erilea, Adarlan, and the history of the country, and also delve some deeper into the Fea magic, and magic on itself.

There are really no words for how much of an impact Crown of Midnight has influenced my love for this series. While it was in my top 10 after reading Throne of Glass, I am very pleased to say that it now moved up to first place. Within the fantasy genre, this is the best read I’ve ever read. Its the best fantasy world, with a somewhat darker atmosphere, a lot of mystery, magic, and above all amazing characters!

five-stars