*review copy provided by publicist for an honest review*
Pages: 417 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Age Group: Young Adult
*spoiler alert for those who haven’t read the Throne of Glass series beforehand*
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?
Rating: UNBELIEVABLY AMAZING READ!
* OK, if you think you can get away with not reading this series, think again! You are seriously missing out on some major awesomeness. Check out my review of Throne of Glass if you’re still on the fence! *
Throne of Glass was one of my favorite reads of 2012, so my expectations for Crown of Midnight were very high. Crown of Midnight not only made it’s way to the top of my favorite books of 2013, but it completely & without a doubt blew away my expectations! Sequels are hard to write, but Sarah J. Maas seemed to create the perfect sophomore book! I didn’t think it was possible to love Crown of Midnight more than Throne of Glass, but I was definitely proven wrong!
I know a lot of complaints about Throne of Glass were due to the lack of action from the competition, but in Crown of Midnight Sarah J. Maas does not hold back. We get a nice look into Celaena’s inner badass assassin and those scenes always left me with a rush of sudden adrenaline. (I totally wish I could be a badass fighter like Celaena!)
Not only does Sarah J. Maas give us more action, but she delivers a heart-warming friendship & romance that will forever leave the characters of the Throne of Glass series in our hearts. I don’t want to spoil the romance too much, but it will leave you blushing madly, smiling like a madwoman, giggling like a teenage girl, crying like a baby, and frustrated beyond belief. It’s the kind of romance which I could fangirl about endlessly!
Oh, and the characters were taken to a completely new level. Celaena is complex. No joke! This girl is one tough cookie with a bunch of unexpected surprises. We get to learn a lot about her history (which is INSANE) and what shaped her into the woman she is now. She can go from a shopaholic girl to a badass fighter to a caring, carefree girl to an emotionless assassin to a best friend to a ruthless killer to a hopeless romantic. Celaena has so many different sides to her that make her who she is and it was a great experience as a reader to read about all of them. And, I cannot wait to delve deeper into her character! Oh gosh, Chaol. I don’t even know where to begin. He stepped it up in Crown of Midnight. I didn’t have much of a preference for either boys in Throne of Glass, but now well… Chaol stole my heart. His unnecessary but adorable protectiveness of Celaena was too cute! And, the way he teased Celaena showed a more charming side of Chaol. There were just so many moments that stole my breathe away that I could barely deal. We can’t forget Dorian! He’s left behind a bit in Crown of Midnight for his own good as Celaena puts it, but we get to see a more mature side of the prince. Personally, I cannot wait to see what’s in store for Dorain (and the other characters)!
The world Sarah J. Maas created was already captivating in Throne of Glass, but her writing pulls us deeper into this world. We learn more about the history, the politics, the magic behind it all. The plot was executed so well and I was so invested into the story that I actually laughed out loud, shed a couple tears, gasped in surprise, smiled in delight, and yelled in frustration. It definitely held ALL of my attention!
Crown of Midnight is an emotional roller coaster that keeps you mesmerized from page one to the very end. It had its happy moments, sad moments, romantic moments, badass moments, nerve-racking moments, lol-worthy moments, tear jerker moments, surprising moments, frustrating moments. Crown of Midnight had it all which is why it was such a phenomenal read! And, if you don’t believe me, then READ Crown of Midnight, and try to disagree with me!
“The kiss obliterated her. It was like coming home or being born or suddenly finding an entire half of herself that had been missing.”
“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.”
“It was hard to care, she realized as she started the trek back to the castle. Incredibly hard to care, when you didn’t have anyone left to care about.”
“… had no idea what sort of darkness lurked inside her, or what sort of monster she was willing to become, in order to make things right.”