Author: Sarah J Maas
Genre: Young Adult, High Fantasy
Release Date: 21 August, 2013 (Australia)
Source: Bloomsbury Sydney. Thank you!!
Goodreads rating: 4.62 out of 5.00 (woaaaah. Totally deserves it too.)
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Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.
Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of the highly anticipated sequel in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.
Review by Nara
No spoilers for Throne of Glass or for Crown of Midnight :)
I'm going to be slightly unconventional in this review and start by writing about the ending of Crown of Midnight. The Ending = Mind. Blown. COMPLETELY BLOWN. Seriously, after having read that last line, I started stumbling around the house in a daze wondering what the hell had just happened. How could I have not predicted it? How could I have not had even the slightest hint of what was coming?! A round of applause for Sarah J Maas! Wow.
So many twists are thrown in here and there. Events that I never thought would happen. The absolute horror I felt at some scenes. The bubbly delight at others. And just this continual shock as all the events unfolded. Maas writes Crown of Midnight in third person multiple point of view. I find that this style tends to work quite well in High Fantasy novels, and Maas certainly pulls it off with exceptional skill.
Spoiler alert: Celaena is freaking badass (not actually a spoiler). I find that she's actually a rather refreshing protagonist in the world of wishy washy male dependent female main characters that is young adult (wow that was a long modifier haha). She's just a really entertaining character to read about- I love how she has multiple facets to her character and is just so incredibly complex.
CHAOL!! *fangirls*. I have to admit I was Team Chaol in Throne of Glass, and Crown of Midnight has only solidified that belief. I just love the interactions between Chaol and Celaena. They're just so right for each other. I love how he doesn't interfere with her badassery (as in, she doesn't become a puddle of uselessness every time he steps on the scene). I love how she softens his harder edges. THEY'RE JUST PERFECT.
Don't get me wrong though! It's not that I hate Dorian. I love Dorian as well. Dorian's point of view in Crown of Midnight? FREAKING AWESOME. One of the unexpected twists actually centres on Dorian. I don't want to spoil things for potential readers, so I'll just say that it was sudden, it was like WTF and it was EPIC. I just didn't like Dorian with Celaena. It was good that the love triangle didn't completely drag on- it wasn't as if Celaena was constantly bouncing from one guy to the other (that would have been seriously annoying).
There is the emergence of a new villain- not a completely unexpected one- in addition to The King (who is obviously the main villain in the series. GO DIE!) An epic new mystery plotline is also brought in- which I think will be the thread that pulls together all six books (by the way, did people know there were going to be six books? I found out recently and best news ever!)
If you are one of those people who haven't yet read Throne of Glass- seriously?! Go read it! And if you are one of those people who have read Throne of Glass and are hesitant about second book syndrome- Crown of Midnight definitely doesn't suffer from that condition. So go read it!
p.s. If you haven't read the Throne of Glass novellas, you are seriously missing out. They're amazing, and while it isn't essential you read them, they do aid in the background story.