Monday, September 2, 2013

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

Release Date: August 27, 2013
from Bloomsbury
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. 
"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?"


My Thoughts:

Fun fact about Teresa: There was a time in my life where I would eat up high fantasy books nonstop. I actually read all of the George R.R. Martin books over a four day span. Somewhere along the lines, I started pulling away from high fantasy. I’m not sure how or why it happened, but I almost forgot how much I love high fantasy. This book reminded me why I love this genre. The world is so full and the characters are crafted so well. Sarah J. Maas flawlessly created a new world for readers to get lost in.

When I first read Throne of Glass, I really liked it and loved the world, so I was really excited for Crown of Midnight. Then I read Crown of Midnight and it absolutely floored me. I loved it even more than Throne of Glass and the story was just incredible. I am desperately in need of the next book already. That ending is killing me. I want more!

Celaena is such a unique heroine. She is deadly and feared and can take someone out in the blink of an eye. She is such a strong character, a character that proves girls are not weak. She proves that sometimes it is the girl who is stronger than everyone. Not only is she deadly, but she is wicked smart. She sees things others don’t and is able to analyze any situation she finds herself in. There was one part where she frustrated me, but I understood her reasons.

Then we have Choal and Dorian, the Captain of the Guard and the Prince. This is one of the best done love triangles I have EVER read! In my review of Throne of Glass, I went back and forth over these two and simply could not choose between them. I loved them both and I still love them both. However, over the course of this book I finally decided who I loved just a little bit more. I am absolutely in love with Choal. There is just something very special about his character. He is sweet and caring, but knows Celaena is very capable of taking care of herself. He accepts her for who she is, even though he knows she has a lot of secrets. I still adore Dorian and if it were any other book would probably love him completely, but Choal just outshines him in this book in my opinion. I am very interested to see how Dorian develops though.

This story though is so much more than the romance. It is really Celaena’s story. Her story about her secrets and finding herself and becoming who she was meant to be. Celaena is much more powerful than anyone could have guessed. It’s a story of magic that’s been missing and a King who is out of control. It’s everything you want in a high fantasy novel. 

Crown of Midnight is a fabulous sequel to Throne of Glass. Fans of the series will not be disappointed. If you are looking for a series along the lines of Graceling and Shadow and Bone, then this is the series for you!

8 comments:

  1. This book reminded me too why I used to love fantasy. Lately I usually read contemporary stories and I totally neglected fantasy but after this one I even started The Name of the Wind which is epic fantasy and I haven't read one in years. I'm so glad you loved this one and I really can't wait for a sequel. Great review :)

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    1. OMG The Name of the Wind is soooo amazing! I am dying for the final book in that series!

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  2. Totally love this one too, and I like some high fantasy but this shows me what all it can be

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  3. This makes me SO happy to hear! I am anxiously awaiting this one for an ARC tour, so I can't wait! I loved both guys in TOG too, but I had a feeling Chaol would come out victorious for me. So I'm happy you think the same thing! I have also missed reading fantasy so after finishing Rae Carson's series and reading Relic by Renee Collins, I'm really on a fantasy kick! Great review friend! I can't wait until my copy arrives!

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  4. I tend to enjoy watching fantasy more than reading it. I'm so glad to see that you've gone back to your love of fantasy books. I've heard great things about Crown of Midnight!

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  5. I used to be the same way about fantasy, too. The characters, and the fantasy of this book, I must check it out! It sounds so good! And I loved your review!! I really need to get into this series!

    Great review!!!!

    *muggle huggles*

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    1. Magen I know you love good fantasy so this is definitely a series for you. I have no doubts that you will love it!

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  6. I love when the second book is just as good if not better than the first! I have heard so much about this series and, after this review, I definitely need to give it a try. Fabulous review, wifey! <3

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