Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
published on August 15, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
fantasy | romance | magic
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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.
Remember me being really disappointed with Throne of Glass? Yeah, well, I’m happy to say that Sarah J. Maas has redeemed herself. Almost all the things I complained about in Throne of Glass are gone and/or developed into something much better. Let’s see…
It now lives up to its bookish comparisons.
Yes, I did mention that Throne of Glass was more of The Selection than it was The Hunger Games, Poison Study or Game of Thrones. Now? The badass-ness I was looking for in book one has finally come! There was so much more action (and less sitting around looking pretty), gore (definitely a lot of this) and indescribable awesome in Crown of Midnight.
While this book still isn’t a part of my favorites shelf, it was still really good and had the awesome vibe that I got from my favorite reads, such as THG and Poison Study.
The annoying romance-centered plot is no more!
You want action, blood, betrayal and lies? Crown of Midnight will give you just that, with only a dash of romance on the side. Yes, I do love romance in my books, but only when it’s balanced out properly, just like it was here.
There’s still a slight hint of romance-related drama every now and then which still bothered me a bit, but it was definitely less prominent in this installment–so much easier to handle than it was in the first.
Calaena is an assassin with(out) a heart.
Finally, finally! Calaena turns into the totally amazing and bad-ass assassin. She was also merciful and just… in the first half of the book. But when bad things happen, Calaena turns into this mindless killer–I’m not sure how I feel about this sudden shift in Calaena’s character. It was definitely heart-pounding to read about, but I could not stand how Calaena was so stiff. I guess most of you would say she had a reason for being this stiff, but I can’t get myself to say it’s a valid reason.
I finally got into the writing!
Throne of Glass nearly made me fall asleep, but Crown of Midnight kept me turning pages! I’m unsure if it’s because the writing improved or because I was in a different mood, but I was able to really get into the book this time.
I did say ALMOST all my problems were solved… But of course, there is this one problem (Calaena’s stiffness aside) that I can’t help but feel makes me the black sheep:
I have no ship.
That’s right. I pretty much the romance in this book’s really dull and I couldn’t care less about it. Chaol’s a hot-and-cold guy, sometimes being soft and lovey-dovey, but is sometimes as hard as a rock. I may like those types of heroes in anime, but in books? No, thank you. Dorian’s… nice, but I have no emotional connection to him at all. I kind of wish these books didn’t have romance. It’s probably just me who thinks that way. *shrugs*
Overall, this one’s still a really interesting read. I enjoyed it and was sucked into the story, despite a few of my issues with the romance and Calaena. I would still recommend giving this book a shot even if you didn’t like book one.
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