17167166Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star (4.5)
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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 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. – Goodreads

Review:

I get it now. I get high fantasy. Sarah J. Maas has finally made me understand and love the genre. It took me a long time to get here. I resisted for so long. It took at least three good friends, who’s opinion I trust with no questions asked, to recommend this series for me to give it a try. Then I devoured what is out of the series, within days. I could not put Crown of Midnight down. I tried. Work called. Sleep called and I continued to read.

Crown of Midnight gave me so many feels I continue to be unable to talk about them. There was a lot of yelling a certain boys name and being so entranced in a world that Maas created that at a point I forgot that I was reading high fantasy. I wanted more of this world. I wanted more of happy Celaena. I wanted more of bad ass Celaena who loathes the crown and I got this in Crown of Midnight. The first half is dedicated to what comes to be known as the Pre-Celaena. She is partaking in what comes to be a deadly charade while seeking for justice. While the King believes she is working for him, as she is the King’s Assassin, she is actually turning it into her own little game. Hopefully the King never finds out, right? RIGHT?!

The King believes that there is this secret rebellion against him and is worried (Spoiler: there is!) While this is going on the important part of the novel is going on: CHAOL AND CELAENA. Yes. I found my shipper side while reading Crown of Midnight. I spent most of the first novel, Throne of Glass, undecided. HAHA. I AM UNDECIDED NO MORE. It also seems that Dorian is also accepting the fact that Chaol and Celaena love each other (because they do!) Things seem happy! Everything is good! Too bad we’re only about 35% through the novel. Because then post-Celaena shows up. Post-Celaena occurs because there is a death in the novel that shakes Celaena to her very core. AND EVERYTHING HURTS (to this reader.) Celaena is now on a rampage and attacks anyone in her immediate vicinity. She lashes out. Maas’ ability to take me from hearts in my eyes to tears is amazing.

Throughout the second half of the novel I could not believe the growth of all the characters, not just Celaena. Dorian grows not only as a Prince, but as a person. Chaol decides to research more into Celaena’s background, even though she tried to kill him. And Celaena is not only researching more about the magic that she has been told about, but also slowly starts to put together the pieces of the puzzle that Maas beautifully intertwined into the book. And the final chapter of the book? Damn Maas. You’re good.