Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Crown of Midnight Review

Crown of Midnight
By: Sarah J. Maas

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.

I have to start off by saying that this is the best sequel I've ever read. Honestly, so much happened in it that it makes the first book pale in comparison (and in case you missed it I had rated it 5 stars!).

In this book we really get to see what Celaena is capable of in all of her assassin glory. And she is badass. The thing that really gives her character more appeal to readers is her compassion. Yes, she is a ruthless killer, but she also feels for the people she has killed and the people that she is ordered to kill by the king. She's a protector as much as she is a killer. We get to see the depth of her feelings and love in this book as she makes herself vulnerable to the Captain of the Guard only to get hurt in the end. And we get to see the depth of her grief and sadness as her personal life falls apart around her.

The conflict of the threat against the crown was interesting, but not as interesting as the discovery that magic is still very much alive and being used within the castle walls. The idea that the ultimate villain is the King is not very surprising until you learn that he may have some dark magic that he's wielding as a weapon to make other nations fall to him, ultimately giving him control of the world. It added a twist that I wasn't expecting.

Honestly, I think I am so enthralled with the main character, her quirks, her abilities, that she could do virtually anything and I would want to read about it. Luckily for me (and the rest of the readers who feel the same way I do) the author also creates some pretty compelling circumstances for Celaena to overcome.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm


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