Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight

Throne of Glass 2

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Pages: 420 pgs
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Release Date: August 27th 2013
Review Source: Purchased

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?

I got to meet Sarah during one of her tour stops for this book last year and was even more excited to delve into this series again afterwards. She was such a sweetheart. And, when I finally got a chance to read this, I listened to Throne of Glass to remind me of the events that had taken place.

Now after finishing book 2, all I can say is that September can't get here fast enough! Throne of Glass was absolutely fascinating and set the tone for this incredible world that Sarah has created, but Crown of Midnight completely blew its predecessor out of the water. I went through such an emotional roller coaster and never wanted it to end.

Celaena is a fabulous character. My sister and I have discussed how much we loved her attitude and strength, and the fact that she was an assassin. In this book we got to see her in a different light since she had officially won the tournament and was no longer being held under lock and key. This also put Dorian and Chaol in different positions for me as well.

I don't want to give anything away in case there are those who haven't had a chance to read this yet, but I will say that by the time I'd reached the end I'd gone from excited to shocked to broken hearted to anxious. There was just so much that took place, and I loved the fact Celaena's basic mission had been revealed in this book while leaving room for so much more to be revealed as the rest of the series continues.

And after reading Sarah's post about book 3 I'm even more anxious for it to come out. My sister and I are crossing our fingers that she'll pass through our neck of the woods again, I mean who wouldn't want to meet her?

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