Crown of Midnight

17167166Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

Series: Throne of Glass #2

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Release Date: August 27, 2013

Format: Hardback from Library

 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. {goodreads.com}

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My Review:

Once again I have run in to a problem with this amazing series: I love it so much that I have no idea how to tell you all why.  That being said, I will just follow the outline of my previous review of Throne of Glass.

World Building

Ms. Maas has done it once again. This world is amazing. You can literally see the castle with its wonderfully metaphoric glass walls hiding all the slimy dirty secrets. The glass walls are in direct comparison to all the secrets that the King and Adarlan hold. It is a wonderful metaphor. The King wants to appear transparent to his kingdom, when in actuality he is hiding more secrets than his followers could ever imagine behind a transparent façade. The library that Celaena runs across is probably my most favorite setting that Maas has created. It is so dark and creepy and utterly fabulous. It is truly reminiscent of a medieval library. Dark, twisty hidden corridors that have not been explored in decades (yes! Please sign me up!).

Celaena

She is probably the strongest character that I have read about in years. Truly, she is. However, in this new addition to the series you get to see the truly dark side of her that lies deep within. Celaena begins to break down emotionally, physically and magically. We are finally introduced to who the *real* Celaena is, and she is wondrously beautiful.

Love Interests

Dorian and Chaol are evenly matched for Celaena in looks, charm, and closeness to Celaena,. However, Chaol finally comes through and claims Celaena as his. This pairing is a much better match than Dorianand Celaena. Chaol has been through battles, and knows what happens to you emotionally when you kill. Dorian has zero concept of those feelings and how to deal with them. However, Chaol has still never witnessed the true horror that Celaena can be, and this might be his downfall.

Nehemia Ytger

Is truly one of the most, after Celaena, truly beautiful characters in this series. She is gorgeous, statuesque, smart, and a true ruler. She is the anthesis of the King of Adarlan. She is not only a wonderful ruler, but a true friend to Celaena, she is able to melt the ice that was once Celaena’s heart. She is the catalyst that begins the revolution of magic.

Magic

In this addition to the series we are introduced to more magic, and what it can do to its wielders. It is both beautiful and fearful, helpful and harmful. It is truly a yin and yang relationship that not only brings fear to the people of Adarlan, but desire as well.

 

Once again, I cannot recommend this series any more than I already have. Please take the time to read this series, I promise you will not be disappointed.

 

Rating5

 

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2 thoughts on “Crown of Midnight

  1. I really have to find an English copy of Crown Of Midnight so I actually read this book! I have a Spanish version already, but somehow I always prefer the original version…

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