Book Chat | Crown of Midnight
AUTHOR: SARAH J MAAS
GENRE: YOUNG ADULT, FANTASY
DATE PUBLISHED: 15TH AUGUST, 2013 BY BLOOMSBURY
SERIES: THRONE OF GLASS #2
FORMAT I OWN: KINDLE EDITION (AND SOON, PAPERBACK)
MY RATING: 5/5 STARS
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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.
(Blurb is from Goodreads)
Hello bookworms and welcome back to a new blog post! I recently just finished Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas and my mind was blown away, it was seriously incredible and definitely deserves 5 stars. If you would like to see exactly why I thought this book was absolutely FANTASTIC, keep reading!
So, this book was just utterly fantastic. From the very beginning of the book, once I was a few chapters in, I knew I would rate it 5 stars by the end of it, I just knew. Maas just puts you straight into the action without beating around the bush. It’s straight up and you dive right in without any unnecessary dragging. This is the second book in Sarah J Maas’ Throne of Glass series and this had so much more action and mystery to it. Throne of Glass built it up and set up the whole scene, and now we get thrown into the deep end with Celaena as she discovers some crazy mysteries. The magic element within the story is also building up and slowly creeping it’s way into the series which is so awesome and the romance and the characters are even better too!
For some reason I like to start off by talking about characters, so let’s do that. Celaena. She is SO much more kick-ass in this book. She’s the King’s assassin and now she’s out doing all his dirty work, however at the same time, she’s set with the task of finding out the mystery in regards of a growing evil in the castle and also the growing evil in the entire kingdom. She is so incredibly awesome and I love her. Throughout the book, we get to see her INCREDIBLY awesome assassin skills and it had me wishing and dreaming of being an assassin like her! If I could pick to be anything in the world, it would be an Elf or an assassin (or maybe even both – wink wink, nudge nudge) She is still independent and strong despite her romantic relations. Speaking of romantic relations…
Chaol… Ah, I love him. Still so dedicated to his job and is still a loyal and trustworthy character. He has such a good heart and I love his feelings towards Celaena. Chaol is such an important character in the story and having him in it completes everything. I just love him. There were so many parts in the book where he would say or think something, and it made me squeal or made my heart flutter. I have completely diverted to shipping Chaol and Celaena. They are perfect, I love them, they need to be together, and my heart aches, thinking about the tragedy that happened throughout this book – I have romantic heartache thanks to this book!
Prince Dorian is someone who can NOT be forgotten. Just as Celaena and Chaol are crucial in this story, Dorian is so important too! He is a lovable character. He is not like the other royals – kind of typical, but there’s no harm in that. He could be the perfect king. Kind, compassionate, considerate, and what gets revealed about his character in the second half of the book was surprising and exciting. There is a special place for him in my heart, and I am so excited to see him more in the next books, he is bound to play a big role soon enough!
Now it is time to talk about the other aspects of the story. First, lets talk about the plot. My. Goodness. I love the way Sarah J Maas has set up this series. Everything was set up so perfectly in this book. No parts of the book seem rushed and everything that happens serves to hint at the greater purpose/outcome of the book. Halfway through there were some major tragic scenes that made my heart hurt physically. Then there was the PLOT TWIST AT THE END. Holy cow. I guessed it only once, but only as a completely wild guess with no help from hints whatsoever. The plot twist took my off guard and after I found out I could see where the little hints were dropped throughout the book, however they were very small, minor hints that never spoiled the twist. I was left hanging my a thin rope and I am way too anxious for Heir of Fire.
There was also so much more action. More of Celaena going out and interrogating people and killing people. The mystery in this story is also starting to build up, tied in with the magic. The deeper Celaena goes into finding the truth of the evil that is growing, the more the magic starts to reveal itself. It’s incredibly enthralling and breath-taking to read!