Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
by Sarah J. Maas
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Format: Kindle, ARC
Published: August 27th, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA
Genre: YA, fantasy

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"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?" -goodreads

Review:

“She was Adarlan’s Assassin–she was Celaena Sardothien. She would not fail. The gods owed her. The Wyrd owed her.” (loc. 2656)

A book that’s greater than it’s predecessor! I loved Throne of Glass, but I really loved Crown of Midnight with it’s fantastical adventure, action and turn of events! Celaena now works for the King and must do any and everything he says, but is he really the worst problem to worry about? Change is swirling throughout the kingdom, and magic is reawoken, and not just in the usual suspects. Power is rekindled in the most unsuspecting people.

“‘It is punishable by death to speak of or to encourage magic.’” (loc. 1388)

Dealing with her past regrets and troubles, Celaena must start to come to terms with not only her parents death, but her love Sam’s death, to finally accept who she really is. Just when she starts to open up and let someone see beneath her veil, she is faced with betrayal and regret yet again, which flips a switch within her to start to really do something about the tyranny and dark magic happening in the kingdom. I really enjoyed the character developments, as well as the plot developments. The author wasn’t afraid to delve into the characters psyche and put them through emotional trials.

“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.” (loc. 2755)

It’s time for Celeana to truly embrace the assassin she is and not to let people, or her emotions get in her way. She must find a way to The ending, however, was not very surprising for me, though it does leave a nice cliffhanger. The clues placed throughout these first two books really solidified the revelation that the ending shows us. I look forward to reading the third book to find out how Celaena’s plan pans out. Is leaving really the solution to help the kingdom? We shall see!


First Line: “The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.” (loc. 45)
Last Line: “Chaol sank to his knees.” (loc. 4729)


Galley provided by NetGalley via Bloomsbury USA Childrens

*Quotes are from uncorrected advanced galleys and may change before going to press. Please refer to the final printed book for official quotes.

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