Review by Ner:
Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 15th, 2013
Pages: 418 (Paperback)
Genre: Young Adult | Magic | Fantasy
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Read: from March 15 to 27, 2014
Source & Shelf: Won | Own
ISBN: 9781408834947 (Paperback)
Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.
Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of the highly anticipated sequel in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.
*This review will contain spoilers!*
Disclaimer: I won this book on A Book Vacation giveaway and received it with the terms that I would write and post an honest review in exchange.
MY HEART!!!! MY HEART HURTS!!!!
After the events that took place in Throne of Glass, we now see Celaena’s as the King’s Champion and doing his bidding. She “kills” who he asks and doesn’t ask questions. Or so the king thinks.
Celaena doesn’t actually kill her targets and helps them escape, knowing that the king is ruthless and soulless. And then she’s trusted with the mission of killing someone she knew before and try to find out more about a rebellion that is growing against the king. Not to mention the whole supernatural stuff I mentioned on Throne of Glass still hunting her to find a way to stop the king.
Celaena’s character continued to amaze me with her kick-butt attitude and we see a small development in her that we hadn’t seen before. She begins to question her feelings about being an assassin and what she could do to help the realms in need. And her heart also begins to feel something deeper for…. Chaol (whoohoo to Team Chaol!).
Yes, as a Team Chaol reader I couldn’t be happier with this turn of events. In Throne of Glass Celaena and Dorian were having an “affair” but in Crown of Midnight her feelings are truer and stronger for the Captain of the Guard.
and this is where my heart shatters into several million tiny pieces, with the death of Nehemia, Celaena kind of transforms into a shadow of herself and all her previous emotions about Chaol narrows down and she begins to believe there’s no hope. And Team Chaol high spirits are turned into sour bitterness and a constant hope that she will turn to him and forgive him and see that he cares for her and….
Okay, I’m sorry about that! This is supposed to be a review but my emotions took the best of me.
Chaol’s character also changed in this book. Not only because of his feelings for Celaena but also for his now constant doubt about where his loyalty truly lies and if he should really stand up for the king. And then there’s the aftermath of Celaena’s transformation and his heart is broken. That’s when we definitely see a bigger change in him.
Dorian’s character was so must different from the first book I started liking him more. True, he continues conceited and spoiled but after Nehemia’s death and his…. *drum roll*…. sudden discovery that he possesses magic will turn everything upside-down and he sure isn’t ready for it.
In comparison with the first book, this one had a faster pace and all the different perspectives only helped increase the constant nagging feeling that something wasn’t right. Dorian’s POV was so much more interesting especially after his discovery that I found myself curious to read more about it. I hope he’ll get more interesting with the continuation because I’m giving him a second chance.
There were these news (not for long) characters’ that added a little bit of spice to the plot. And the old characters – and I’m talking Kaltain here – have so much still to be explain I want more.
Crowd of Midnight was a true rollercoaster of emotions that went from angst to swooning to freaking out with what the hell was going on. And the revelations at the end of the book didn’t actually helped that much. And no, don’t worry, I’ve already spoiled too much already and there’s something that will leave you gawping not believing what you’re reading.
And, please, don’t let me tell you how my heart also broke with the very last chapter! However, now knowing what is going on and also knowing that there will be more than three books in the series, I cannot wait to read how the story will unfold next.