August 17, 2013

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

I received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley. 

**Spoiler warning**

Description: 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 Review: I loved Throne of Glass, but Crown of Midnight is even better. "WOW!" is all I could think after I finished. (I'm still trying to formulate coherent thoughts, but I'll do the best I can to write this review.) 

The characters are so vivid and real and awesome. Just don't get too attached to any characters in particular because Maas is not afraid to kill off characters we love! I guess you have to expect a certain amount of bloodshed in a book revolving around an assassin, you know? 

The world building is really well done. In this book, we learn a lot more about the history of magic in the kingdom and the secrets that Celaena has discovered. (Some of the questions I had from the previous book were answered.) We also get a lot more information about Celaena's own background, including a HUGE reveal at the end that totally surprised me. What an ending! Can we have the next book NOW, please?!

I love that this fantasy novel has elements of action, mystery, and romance intertwined. While there are two potential love interests, Caleana makes her choice and sticks with it. Their relationship is definitely up and down like a rollercoaster, but there are happy times to read about in the midst of all the loss and tragedy. 

Maybe it's because I've been listening to this new song by The Civil Wars on repeat when I'm not reading, but the lyrics remind me of Calaena and her lover, especially the second verse and chorus: 

So basically, you need to drop whatever you're reading and start this series now so that you're ready to read Crown of Midnight when it releases on August 27. You'll be glad you did! 


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