Release Date: August 15th 2013
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful – the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King’s contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.
Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of the highly anticipated sequel in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.
Because I am having trouble forming proper, objective thoughts on CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, this “review” is basically going to be one giant mess. Fangirling, key smashing, capslock screaming, it will have it all. I present to you
Bec’s Emotional Journey through CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
(with bonus general observations)
I knew this was going to be good. I mean, how could it not be? Celaena is finally champion. She is out assassinating and kicking even more arse, which still being her gorgeous self, obsessed with food, books, and clothing
and Chaol. But she isn’t just a simple pawn. And I can’t say more because I am about to start freaking out. So onto an actual representation of my emotional journey utilizing various gifs (it’s the only way to accurately portray my pain)
Okay, so the entire first half of this book can be summed up with
IT WAS EVERYTHING I HAD EVER WANTED IN THIS SERIES. The romance was fantastic, there was action, there was mystery, there was SO MUCH SEXUAL TENSION AJHDKLSJHDLKJHLKRH And then STUFF HAPPENS AND I AM SO HAPPY I COULDN”T HAVE IMAGINED ANYTHING BETTER AND THE CHARACTERS ARE SO PERF ADN ASKFLHLKSHKL
Seeds are layed down for plot developments, twists that are so fantastic I applauded them. Such awesome developments. Everything was exciting. I was loving all the characters more than I ever could. Dorian became a character I loved when before I’d only really liked. Celaena and Chaol and Nehemia would have been crushed against my chest if they were real. Fleetfoot was adorable. It was all great and fantastic. I was bursting with happiness.
Which of course meant it was getting too happy so a twist was in order. So Stage 2 of the emotional journey, right in the middle of the book left me
Just thinking about this twists makes me cry. And the effect it had on the characters… In a matter of pages Sarah J Maas has managed to take me from an emotional high to a place where my heart just shattered. It was.. I am seriously crying now thinking of it. SO MUCH PAIN. MANY EMOTIONS.
I never saw it coming. Not once did I ever suspect that moment would come. And for almost the rest of the book my heart was in pieces. Slowly it repaired, but never quite fast enough. This is a twist that I don’t think I’ll ever recover from.
Fear not though, it does not end like this. Somehow there is more pain, more exciting moments and eventually more happiness and anticipation to be experienced. In the final part of the book, where the pace is set at a break neck speed, my state of mind was
The last part of the book was just filled with AWESOME. Amazing action, THE BEST TWISTS, more romance, more shocks, and A SHOCKING ENDING ADHLKSKJSHDKSD. It’s not a cliffhanger. You’re not left hanging, but that final revelation (which I predicted in the first book, but it was MORE THAN I EXPECTED and some parts I never really even considered) it’s just… BRILLIANCE. THIS IS HOW YOU END MID SERIES BOOKS. I cannot wait for the next book
Now I know this is a complete mess of a review and I’ve barely scratched the surface, but CROWN OF MIDNIGHT is a book that’s going to tear you apart piece by piece then stitch you back together and then start to pick at the seams again. So many twists, so many emotions, so many shocks. It’s just perfect. And not enough. After I finished I spent two hours scrolling through Sarah J Maas’s Pinterest board, yearning for more (and it made me even more excited for the next book cause it looks like there’s going to be some AWESOME THINGS in it)
Basically, if you enjoy fantasy, if you want assassins and kick arse females, and brilliant characters, and shocking twists, and pretty writing, and interesting plot lines, you should probably give this series a chance. You might just begin to obsess with it as much as I do XD