Release Date: Aug 27th 2013
Genres: YA Fantasy
Series: Book two of six
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary: 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 most willing to fight for?
What the hell?
Why are you doing this too me?
Those were the phrases that were constantly running through my head throughout this entire book. If I referred to Throne of Glass as amazing than Crown of Midnight is spectacular. There was not one minute where I was bored or annoyed or simply felt something was missing. This book pretty much ruined me. When I didn’t have my eyes glued to the pages I was constantly thinking about the book. I had so many important things I wanted to do this weekend but I found myself not being able to do them since I was just always busy thinking about Crown of Midnight. Where would the story go next? How can this possibly make sense? Why is Sarah J Mass so keen on ruining my life?
In my review for Throne of Glass I complained on the lack of Chaol compared to Dorian.I had felt such a strong connection with Chaol when he was first introduced in Throne of Glass that he was the character I wanted to grow closer to Celeana, not the prince. But I was so surprised to see just how big of a role Chaol had in Crown of Midnight. I loved the chapters that were told from his POV and there was just so much depth to him that was explored in Crown of Midnight. Celeana and him had such a spark of chemistry in this book that I was practically skimming over passages just to get to the parts where they were together. They were explosive together, sexy, and hilarious. And I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll only say that they completely ruined my life and I need book three immediately.
“Dance with me, Celaena,” he said again, his voice rough. When her eyes met his she forgot about the cold, and the moon, and the glass palace looming above them. The secret library and the king’s plans and Mort and Elena faded into nothing. She took his hand and there was only the music and Chaol.”
― Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight
Celeana was such a complex character in Crown of Midnight. We got to see more of the assassin side of her but also the romantic, softer side. What I love about her (or at least one of the many things) Is just how much depth she has. There is no way to categorize her. Celeana’s train of thoughts reflect those of a normal human being, you simply cannot pigeon hole her. She’s about a hundred times more deadly and psychotic in Crown of Midnight than Throne of Glass and I loved her for it but she’s also about a hundred times more passionate as well. Celeana gave badass a whole new meaning.
“He wouldn’t let his servants change the sheets on his bed because they still smelled like her, because he went to sleep dreaming that she was still lying beside him.”
― Sarah J. Maas, Crown of Midnight
Crown of Midnight was an intense and action packed read. Something was always happening and new developments were always being uncovered. There is simply no guessing an outcome to a situation in this series. We are constantly being thrown new development after new development and whenever I stopped to think what was going to happen next I practically got a headache from all the factors I had to take into account to even guess what could come next. It was easier just to give up, sit back and read what happened next.
“I don’t think you realize who you’re dealing with.”The man clicked his tongue, “If you were that good, you would be more than just Captain of the Guard.”Chaol let out a low, breathy laugh. “I wasn’t talking about me.” “She’s just one girl.”Though his guts were twisting at the thought of her in this place, with these people, though he was considering every possible way to get himself and Celaena out of here alive, he gave the man a grin. “Then you’re really in for a big surprise.” ― Sarah J. Maas,Crown of Midnight
I serouisly feel like crawling into a hole and ugly crying/hibernating until book three comes out. Reading Crown of Midnight was the equivalent to having someone take a knife and stab me threw the heart with it repeatedly and whenever I would forget the knife were in there someone would twist it over and over again. The ending to Crown of Midnight was a shock. It was heartbreaking, intense, and raised way to many questions. Waiting for book three is going to be hell.