Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
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.
This book seriously kept me all night long.
All the while, I was torn between getting a much deserved sleep after staying up all night reading The Assassin’s Blade and Throne of Glass but then as I turned another page-telling myself just one more chapter-a plot twist comes along and thoughts of sleep faded in that moment. The Crown of Midnight is immensely better than Throne of Glass because it is unpredictable with unsolved mystery lurking around our heroin and more thrilling because of much more action-packed scenes!
I hadn’t had a good sleep since I started this book because of the various plot twists being thrown around to and fro and the feels are just too much to handle! The romance plot wasn’t totally not a major thing in Crown of Midnight and is lot more bloodier and nastier than Throne of Glass and Celaena’s assassin skill-set is finally put to good use. You’ll finally get to see Adarlan’s Assassin do some action and kicking asses, though not the way you’d expect it to be.
Celaena finds herself tangled into a position of power where she could make a difference in the lives of many as more mysteries are waiting for her to be unveiled.
“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.”
― Sarah J. Maas,
CAUTION: Spoilers ahead!
I love it why and how Sarah J Maas put Chaol’s unwavering loyalty to the test, Dorian’s new dangerous secrets will endanger him and Nehemia’s deceit that will make Celaena feel shattering loss and horror, grief threatening to bury a place in her heart.
The character development in this book’s absolutely great, and Crown of Midnight’s romance plot is a far cry from Throne of Glass’s as the characters learn more and mature more from their decisions and mistakes.
Dorian becomes more than just a romance plot tool in Chaol and Celaena’s love triangle here in Crown of Midnight because of his unknown and awakening power- a cold, raw, powerful and ancient power within him and I admired the way Dorian ended/letting go of feelings for Celaena and maintains a steady friendship with her instead, I felt like my heart got sucker punched!
“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.”
― Sarah J. Maas,
Celaena’s ‘heritage’ however, wasn’t much of a surprise to me since starting from Throne of Glass, Sarah J Maas leaves little and inconspicuous hints here and there about the fate of the royal family of Terrasen and magic.From the very beginning, Celaena had been secretive even to the reader about certain aspects of her past, I recall reading a part in Throne of Glass where she (Celaena) mentions/thinks that Celaena is not her real name.. there were various hints about her heritage, so not that of a major bombshell to me at all.
And as a part of Team Chaol since the beginning, the Chaoelena ship has sailed and sank too quickly, unfortunately for my heart. 💔💔💔
“The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realised she was home.”
― Sarah J. Maas,
“There had never been any line between them, only his own stupid fear and pride. Because from the moment he’d pulled her out of that mine in Endovier and she had set those eyes upon him, still fierce despite a year in hell, he’d been walking toward this, walking to her. So Chaol brushed away her tears, lifter her chin, and kissed her.” -Chaol Westfall; Crown of Midnight, Sarah J Maas
Unlike the Throne of Glass where the readers are less surprised by how things are going to end since the entire plot’s clearly mapped out, Crown of Midnight enormously surpassed it’s prequel and will leave you hanging, raging, and craving for more. Will make you uncertain most of the time and my advice is to better not to assume things so easily because things definitely not end the way you expect it to be.
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