Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
“If they wanted Adarlan’s Assassin, they’d get her.
And Wyrd help them when she arrived.”
After finishing Throne of Glass (you can read my review here) I immediately decided to pick up Crown of Midnight. While I was a bit disappointed by Throne of Glass I enjoyed it enough to want to read the next book asap. So I did and ended up finishing it soon after.
I will have to honest and say I struggled to get past the first few chapters but then I got my hands on the audio book and it was easy breezing from there. If you have not read Throne of Glass stop reading this blog post and go and read it and come back. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but do come back when you’re done so we can fangirl/boy together.
So for those of you who have not read Crown of Midnight yet and may need some encouragement here is the Goodreads Blurb:
“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 series goes from being a fluffy YA fantasy to an action pack High Fantasy and I absolutely loved it. Everything that Throne of Glass was missing, Crown of Midnight has it. It is amazing, the character start developing, we begin to explore Rifthold and the rebellion and shit just gets crazy. It is filled with magical discoveries and plot twists (even if some of them were a bit predictable) and of course, romance and heartache.
That is all I can say for the non-spoilery section. If you don’t want to be spoiled then stop reading this post and come back later.
Omg! That first scene, when she hesitates to kill Lord Nirall I knew Celaena was not killing anyone. (I didn’t read the back blurb) She was faking the assassinations, like how blonde is the King? Throughout the novel I found it so strange that the King had no idea what she was doing. I know Celaena is really good at what she does, but come on. Half-way through the book I already knew that she was Aelin it was so obvious, so how is it that the King is completely oblivious?
Anyway, was I the only one fangirling over the Celaena and Chaol relationship? I’ve been #teamchaol since Throne of Glass and was quite glad when she broke it off with Dorian at the end of TOG. But Sarah, why you gotta do this to us? The Chaolaena relationship lasted for all but 5 minutes.
“Dance with me, Celaena,” he said again, his voice rough. When her eyes met his she forgot about the cold, and the moon, and the glass palace looming above them. The secret library and the king’s plans and Mort and Elena faded into nothing. She took his hand and there was only the music and Chaol.”
When Nehemia was murdered I will admit I cried a little but I was so angry that Celaena blamed Chaol. Yes, he knew that there was a threat on her life but it wasn’t his fault. Nehemia would have died anyway, regardless of whether or not he told Celaena. Come on, the woman planned it, she basically sacrificed herself so that Celaena would act.
I think the most emotional part was when Chaol hid in the broom cupboard to cry. Too many feels…
And when Celaena sings at Nehemia’s grave. Sadness of note.
And then Celaena goes into Monster mode and basically annihilates Grave, and serves his head to the King. Now that was badass.
When we discover that Dorian has magic. I really did not expect that. I kind of felt bad for him throughout the book because he had no one, his relationship will Chaol was tense for most of the book because of Chaol’s involvement with Celaena. So I was glad when Celaena and Dorian began to bond again, but I still don’t think Dorian is end game. In fact I don’t think either of then will be end game.
Those scenes under the library were epic. We finally got a taste of whatever it is the King is up to and that thing was creepy as fuck. I honestly thought that Fleetfoot was going to die but Chaol just had to be the hero. I was hyperventilating when he jumped into the portal because I was convinced that it would be the end of Chaol, but then Celaena jumps in and it is finally confirmed that she is Fae. Yes!
This book was so much better than TOG. When it ended I had to pick up Heir of Fire and it only gets even better.
I’ll be posting a review of Heir of Fire soon.