REVIEW: Crown of Midnight

BOOK: Crown of Midnightttr
AUTHOR: Sarah J. Maas
PAGES: 418
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury
MY RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ (5/5)

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.

MY REVIEW:
If there was every any doubt in my mind, this book sets the record straight: Sarah J. Maas is the absolute queen of sequels. Her stories just continue to get better with time.

“It was war upon them all. Let them tremble in fear at what they had awoken.”

Celaena’s story continues in Crown of Midnight. With her new position as the King’s Champion, Celaena has more freedom to roam the kingdom, and she takes her companions by surprise with her abilities as Adarlan’s assassin. When the King asks Celaena to assassinate somebody from her past things get tricky, and she is determined to find the truth of the situation before she makes any decisions. But the truth is hidden deeper than Celaena ever could have expected.

“Kaltain wrapped Celaena’s cloak around herself. ‘Something is coming,’ she whispered. ‘And I am to greet it.'”

This book is everything I hadn’t realized that I needed from Throne of Glass. It blew Throne of Glass out of the water. The character development is phenomenal. Dorian becomes so much more than the charming prince with the handsome face and his secret is dark and keeps you on the edge of your seat. He and Celaena have become estranged since she chose not to pursue their relationship, but circumstances bring them to a unified front once again. There is more to our dearly beloved Chaol as well, as we find out about his own past and his feelings for Celaena grow deeper. I finally got the kiss that I was so desperately in need of in Throne of Glass. Even Kaltain makes an appearance that proves something dark is yet to come.

“Dorian couldn’t bring himself to finish the thought. He’d visit her – tomorrow, perhaps. Just to see if there was a chance he was wrong.
But he couldn’t help wondering if he’d ever meant anything to Celaena at all.”

And Celaena.

Celaena is so completely badass. I love her wild spirit. I love that she cannot be broken, even when she thinks she is. I love that she always picks herself up off the floor and gets back out there with a vengeance. She’s so real and imperfect. Her anger can be dangerous and she make some pretty hotheaded decisions sometimes. But it only helps add to her character. With everything that she endures, I can’t help my heart going out to her.

“He would move on. Because he would not be like the ancient kings in the song and keep her for himself. She deserved a loyal, brave knight who saw her for what she was and did not fear her. And he deserved someone who would look at him like that, even if the love wouldn’t be the same, even if the girl wouldn’t be her.
So Dorian closed his eyes, and took another long breath. And when he opened his eyes, he let her go.”

The twist in this book completely threw me. My heart was completely broken. I didn’t even see it coming. But it really helped to add some fuel to the fire. I can’t see where these events take us in Heir of Fire!

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