Publishing Info: August 27, 2013 by Bloomsbury Publishing
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Find it on the web: Buy from Amazon // Goodreads
Date Completed: August 7, 2014
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She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.But where will her conscience, and her heart, lead her?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 willing to fight for?
** This is a spoiler-free review for CROWN OF MIDNIGHT but please note that there ARE spoilers for the first book, THRONE OF GLASS, if you have not already read it! **
True to everyone’s word, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT really was the sequel that blew THRONE OF GLASS out of the water. Don’t get me wrong — I really did love THRONE OF GLASS — but Sarah J. Maas really stepped everything up a notch in this fantastic sequel and I was hooked from the first page!
Okay so… where do I start? Really everything about this book was quite amazing. One thing that really sticks out to me is how much more the relationships developed between all of the characters, really. I love the friendship that develops between Dorian and Celaena after where they leave things in book one. Dorian is actually one of my favorite characters. I love that in THRONE OF GLASS, there was a bit of tension between the two best friends — Dorian and Chaol — regarding Celaena, but it never really felt love triangle-y. CROWN OF MIDNIGHT could have easily carried the series straight through a love triangle, but I’m so thankful that instead, Dorian becomes more of a friend to Celaena. Yes, he does still have his jealous moments at times when things flare up between Chaol and Celaena (and do they EVER) but it was handled so well and everything felt really natural. The characters just have such authentic reactions and feelings — I really just loved how they all intertwined.
I really felt like the plot grew exponentially more complex as well. It was so great to have some really wonderful surprises! I felt like THRONE OF GLASS was a little predictable at times (though not in a bad way because I really enjoyed the book) but CROWN OF MIDNIGHT really kept me on my toes! There are a few really great twists and one REALLY BIG SHOCKING THING. Sarah J. Maas really kept the punches coming in this book, whoo boy.
It was really great to see some more fantastic world building as well. I felt like a lot of world building and setting the stage was done in the novellas (which I read even before THRONE OF GLASS), but THRONE OF GLASS dove more into the plot and characters than it did the world. I loved seeing more of the history behind each region, a few backstories pop up for some of the characters, and a real understanding of what exactly the magical system is and how it works since we received a basic understanding in book one. Each one of these things is so well described in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT and the depth of it all really allowed me to sink so much further into this series and let myself get lost.
This book was really just epic — there’s no better way to sum it up. The romance, the friendships, the character building, the world building — really everything just becomes so much more detailed and I really sank my teeth into CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. Oh my gosh, THE ENDING. From about halfway through until the end, the book just takes off — full of action, deceit, love, adventure, mysteries, loss — it’s just incredible and it left me reeling in anticipation of HEIR OF FIRE!
“The View from Goodreads” is a new featured section in my reviews that I decided to incorporate! I tend to update my Goodreads status a LOT when I read — reactions, feelings, notes — so I thought it would be fun to share the sort of “reading process”! All status updates are spoiler-free (no specific plot points will be revealed) but will contain reactions to certain pages and/or characters!
Celaena // Character Obsessions: Wyrdkeys, friendship, nobility, honor.
I loved watching Celaena slowly change and mature from the novellas, through THRONE OF GLASS, and into CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. Despite the fact that she’s an assassin and she has amazing confidence in herself, she often has an inner-battle with choosing the right thing to do and moments of cowardice. It’s really incredible to see how realistic this inner-struggle is and to see how Celaena chooses to react to things based on what she knows of herself as well as how her friends around her perceive her actions.
Chaol // Character Obsessions: Celaena, duty, respect, friendship.
Um, YES. Okay. I’m getting the whole Chaol obsession now! I really liked him as a love interest (and yes, as a person too) in book one, but he’s really grown on me quite a bit! I love his passion for everything that he does — his position in the castle, his friendship with Dorian, his feelings for Celaena. Oh, it just kills me!
Dorian // Character Obsessions: Honor, thinking for himself, answers, the future.
DORIAN. I love him! I honestly think he’s my favorite character — even more so than Celaena and Chaol. I just really connect with him for some reason. I love his personality and honestly some THINGS happen with him in this book and that was one of the most exciting parts of the whole book for me haha!
Kept Me Hooked On: Fae. Omg you guys, look at me growing to like books involving worlds with fae! You know I’m not big into fairy worlds and plot, but I really love how all of that is incorporated to the series story line. It was really interesting to learn more about it!
Left Me Wanting More: Um… sensitivity? I’m evil. You know the one big thing in this book that is like THE biggest shocker and heart-wrencher? Didn’t hit me as hard as it did everyone else. I won’t give away what it was, but those of you who have read, we can discuss!
I’m so happy to be falling in love with this series! CROWN OF MIDNIGHT really made sure of that too. I’ve already started HEIR OF FIRE and am thrilled to be gobbling it up! (Although that creates difficulties waiting for the next book… Oops. Didn’t think about that.)
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