Friday, May 23, 2014

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

"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 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.

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First line:
The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.
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Source:
Nook ebook
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Rating:
5 crowns out of 5
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Why do I always put off reading sequels? I've had Crown of Midnight on my TBR pile since August when it was released. I had pre-ordered it. An yet, I just now read it. Sigh. I should have read it sooner. It's absolutely amazing. A stunning sequel to a stupendous book. And I can't wait to see what's in store in Heir of Fire.

Now that Celaena has become the King's champion, she has to do his bidding. Or does she? Can she find a way to evade orders without getting caught? Celaena is as sassy and witty and badass as ever in this novel. Crown of Midnight starts to delve more into her past and expands on passing remarks that have been made in the past novel and novellas. That is one of the awesome things about this story. We get to see the characters evolve more and everything is slowly falling into place. It's awesome!

Not only do we get to see Celaena's past, Sarah delves a little bit into Chaol's past, too. I'm definately rooting for him. I like Dorian, but I like Chaol more. He understands Celaena better. Nehemia makes a commment in the book about how Chaol and Celaena will never understand the burden of ruling and if they did, they wouldn't want to bear it. I believe that's true. Celaena wants to be responsible for only herself. She doesn't want to be in debt to people or in a position to care for somebody. I do hope that Dorian finds someone really sweet.

The ending!! AGH!!!3 months. 3 months. I can wait till then. Maybe...... 

The Throne of Glass series is perfect for people who love fairy tales, assassins, and a magical world that jumps off the pages.

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