Review – Crown of Midnight

Title: Crown of Midnight Throne of Glass #2, Sarah J Maas

Amanda

From Goodreads.com

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.

But her heart never wavers.

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?

First of all, if you haven’t read Throne of Glass yet-do it now! If you enjoy fantasy  then you must read these books.  Crown of Midnight picks up very quickly after Throne of Glass and Celaena has been made champion to a king she knows she can’t trust and who has threatened her loved ones if she crosses him.  She’s gone from working in a prison mine to living in the castle with money to burn, and traitors to assassinate.

At first I was afraid this series was going to end up like Maria Synder’s Poison Study series which started well but then really became predictable and was not enjoyable in the end in my opinion.  However, Celaena Sardothien is a bad ass-and the end of this book was definitely not something I could have predicted!   Unlike the Snyder series Celaena is not written to be the greatest hero ever to have lived without any faults.  Celaena  is not perfect.  She is headstrong and rash. And wow is she angry in this book, and I was angry and broken hearted for her.

I like Maas because her love interests are clearly not perfect either but have such potential as strong men for Celaena to love both romantically and as friends.  Chaol-oh I love Chaol.  He’s so loyal, and yet you want to shake him for being so loyal to the king who you know is undeserving! I am so intrigued to see where he ends up in the next book.  And Dorian-he has such potential!  I’m so hopeful for him to see it.

We learn a lot about Celaena in this book through Nehemia, Queen Elena, Archer and Mort-Mort was awesome.  Can you get any more random than an enchanted door knocker who is pretty much all knowing?  I just learned this is a series of 6 books-not a trilogy and I am really excited to see where Maas goes.  Because– this ending will kill you.

I feel like I can’t say much more without getting into details of the plot. So I won’t. But definitely read this book!

4 stars

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