Series: Throne of Glass #2
on August 27th 2013
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"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."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.
You guys, why did I ever expect a happy ending from Sarah J. Maas? I really should have known better but I was still completely unprepared to have my heart broken by this series for the billionth time! Crown of Midnight was full of shocking twists, horrifying betrayals, and more secrets than I could possibly keep track of.
So Celaena became the King’s Champion and now she has to put her badass assassin skills to use for someone she absolutely hates. Not only that, the king has her killing people for really dumb reasons and Celaena can’t stand it. She may be an assassin but she’s always been able to choose which contracts she takes and who she actually kills. She no longer has that choice. What’s even worse is that her friends now look at her differently because of what she is forced to do for the king. Nehemia, Chaol, and Dorian don’t like the person she has become but she’s really not different, she just acts like she is. Celaena definitely puts on a front for the king, acting completely unaffected by what she does. Underneath that facade she does have feelings though and she hates what she does. She’s the same person she’s always been and she has one goal in mind: her freedom. If that means she has to appear to be working for the king, she will do it and she won’t put her friends lives at risk by telling them what she’s really doing. She may be selfish at times but Celaena is a loyal friend, that’s for sure.
Nehemia, Chaol, and Dorian really tested my limits this time around. Nehemia really bothered me at times. I understood where she was coming from when she tried to get Celaena to stand up for what was right but she was downright mean about it sometimes. Nehemia’s people were being tortured, enslaved, and killed so she definitely had a right to want to fight for them and to be upset but she took things a little too far when she called Celaena a coward. Chaol didn’t bother me all that much but he made some mistakes when he kept certain things from Celaena. Things could have been prevented if he just bothered to talk to her. I’m not saying everything that happened could have been prevented but definitely some things. Dorian, on the other hand, really impressed me. Dorian is a prince but he is so far from spoiled. He is smart and talented and kind and if he is allowed, he will become a great ruler. I still don’t necessarily think he should be with Celaena but she could do a lot worse.
Speaking of who Celaena should end up with… I’m truly torn here. Chaol is a great guy and I loved seeing his relationship with Celaena evolve but there are just certain things about him that I dislike. He has a problem accepting all aspects of Celaena and I hated that. She is who she is and he should not want her to change in any way. I felt that at least Dorian accepted all of her. They still work better as friends to me but I could understand why she might fall for him, if that ever happens.
The story is so twisted and convoluted. I powered through this book when I probably should have taken my time with it. Sarah J. Maas layers so many things throughout her stories that sometimes it takes a second glance to realize what exactly is happening and what it could mean for the future books. I continue to be impressed with her storytelling skills.
I feel like at this point I don’t even need to say this but I’m going to anyway; nothing and nobody is safe. I knew from other peoples’ reviews and reactions to Crown of Midnight that something big was going to happen and it was going to affect the fate of one of the main characters. I didn’t know which one and I truly did not expect what happened. I was stunned. Sarah J. Maas makes you fall in love with her characters and then completely destroy you when you least expect it. I love her and hate her for that.
Overall, Crown of Midnight does not suffer from second book syndrome. This series does not lose an ounce of momentum in this sequel. It sets things up for an epic third book!
What others are saying about Crown of Midnight:
Book Rock Betty’s review: “Fantasy readers will love this series.”
Mostly YA Book Obsessed’s review: “It doesn’t get any better than Celaena Sardothien!”
Writer of Wrongs’ review: “Crown of Midnight is an action-packed, rollercoaster ride of a book that will make mincemeat of your emotions, and it is, I feel, an improvement on the already glorious Throne of Glass.”