Friday, August 23, 2013

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publish Date: August 27th, 2013

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?

Celaena Sardothian is back and more badass then ever in Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. My favorite thing about this series is how the world engulfs you and doesn't let you up until the very end. And not even then, because Maas knows just what information to dangle in front of you, knowing you'll be drooling for more.

For those of you who felt Throne of Glass could have used a bit more action, you'll be glad to hear that not only has the King's Champion finally got her assassin on, but also that the danger gets ratcheted up a notch too. And no one is safe.

Now onto the boys! You want to know why I'm Team Chaol? Chocolate cake. Seriously. Any guy who brings you chocolate cake on the worst night of your life is worthy of some major swoonage. These two have their problems in Crown of Midnight, but even in the midst of a fight, you can still see how much they care about each other. The romance in this book is hot, but at the same time, absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved.

I won't lie, even though I'm solidly Team Chaol, Dorian is badass in this book. A lot of things change for him. I won't go into details, but I'll say this: By the end of the book, I was swaying towards Team Dorian, if not for Celaena, than at least for myself! Although, I really enjoyed reading the Celaena/Dorian scenes throughout Crown of Midnight, much more than I did in the first (which might be because the love triangle plot has been somewhat dissolved in this one). They make a really good team and it's fun to read about, even if you're worried for their lives most of the time.

The only negative thing I can even think to say about Crown of Midnight is that, for most of the book—like, maybe the middle 50 percent—the characters are all keeping major secrets from each other. Now, I get why they kept some of those secrets, but for people who claim to love each other so much, they certainly don't seem to trust each other. At all. It seemed to me like the plot dragged a little because of all this secret keeping, especially around the middle. But that's not to say the story wasn't still an action packed page turner, because it was. But there were a few times when I felt the plot could have been rushed along a little.

Crown of Midnight is one of those exceptional sequels that outshines the first book in nearly every way. Which is saying a lot since I loved Throne of Glass. If you had your problems with Throne of Glass, give this book a chance, I bet you'll love it. And if you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for? With a brilliantly thought out fantasy world with magic, fae, a thoroughly evil villain, and a heroine who is the perfect mix between strong and vulnerable, this is a series every fantasy lover needs to own. Not to mention the boys. Oh, the boys.

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1 comment:

  1. I really have to read this series! A boy who brings a girl chocolate cake when she's sad ?!?!? That's my kind of guy, lol.


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