crown-of-midnight

  • Page Count: 418
  • Release Date: August 27, 2013
  • My Rating: 5 stars

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) 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.

5stars


HOW IS THIS EVEN POSSIBLE?!

You win. All of you. You were right. This series is everything.

I read Throne of Glass last year and was rather unimpressed. I shoved the series in a corner of my bookshelf and tried to ignore the massive hype around these books. I don’t even know how I ended up giving this series another shot, but pretty sure I’m chalking that up to one of the best life choices I’ve ever made.

Let me just say — I get the hype now. I think I have a new favorite series/obsession. The writing here is stronger than the first book, the execution is amazing, and EVERYTHING IS PERFECT. I have zero complaints (ok, wait — I wasn’t thrilled about Nehemiah). It took me forever to read because I kept staring at it in shock like how is every single page this good?!?! Whyyyy did it take me so long to read this?! I knew most of the plot points already because there is just no avoiding this fandom, but that actually didn’t ruin anything.

The character development here is AMAZING. The plot arc and pacing are incredible, too… everything just comes together so well. It’s like the perfect balance of romance, action, mystery, awesome fantasy stuff, and drama.

I liked how Celaena becomes so much stronger in this book, yet also feels like she’s at a weaker/more vulnerable point because she’s trying so hard to fight for a good future while still avoiding the inevitable path she’ll have to take. Maas does such an amazing job of writing complex characters with traumatic pasts who are completely broken but still force themselves to keep going.

So this series really is about Celaena’s journey for me… not her love interest. Yes, Dorian is precious and I adore Chaol, but I don’t particularly feel the need to pick one above the other. The characters are all complex, flawed people who change with life’s events instead of staying static. Certain relationships work at different points in this series aaaand I love them all. Whatever.

Otherwise, another wonderful part is how well Maas knows her mythology & fantasy worlds! This had hints of SO many stories I love, which just made it even better. This is the kind of book I’m desperate to see as a movie, yet never want it to be turned into one because I love it too much to see anything ruined..

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