Saturday, April 12, 2014

Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Book Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Published: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN: 1619630621
Format: Ebook; 420pg
Source: Netgalley
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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.

Crown of Midnight continued the paranormal vibe that was introduced in Throne of Glass. This novel kept a decent pace, mixing together intimate, quiet scenes and action flawlessly. The plot was solid and kept building layer after layer. The world that Maas created is still amazing and the characters grow so much throughout the story. It's just such an enthralling journey!

Celaena is back and just as bad ass as ever! I don't even know how to describe the character of Celaena besides a hardened assassin with a heart full of tenderness and hurt. She is also an extremely intelligent character and I loved the mystery aspect of this novel as well. All of the searching for clues and then putting together the riddles was quite interesting!

The "support" characters are just as intriguing as Celaena. I enjoyed the journey of Chaol and how he is not so blind in his loyalties now. Chaol has really manned up, but Dorian has kind of fallen off the grid. Chaol surprisingly became a very tender, although reserved, character. Not at all like the Captain of the Guard he was in Throne of Glass. It was interesting to watch him mature throughout the novel.

Nehemia is definitely one of the strongest characters in Crown of Midnight. She willingly and bravely accepts her fate yet on her terms. Nehemia is never one to go down without a fight. Perhaps that is why her and Celaena are such good friends, because both of them are warrior princesses fighting for freedom.

The twist at the end completely caught me off guard and I was totally shocked! Crown of Midnight definitely delivered on the hype it received! I thought Throne of Glass was amazing, but somehow this sequel topped that. Now I really can't wait to read the 3rd book!

5 stars to Crown of Midnight!

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