Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight

Book - 2013
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As the royal assassin to an evil king, eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien must decide what she will fight for -- survival, love, or the future of a kingdom.
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, 2013
ISBN: 9781619630628
Branch Call Number: YA MAA
Characteristics: 420 pages : map ; 25 cm

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Crown of Midnight stands up so well even reading it a second time. It builds on all of Throne of Glass's strengths and advances the story in such an intriguing way that even the second time, I just didn't want to put it down.

Basically, though, the plot picks up exactly where the first book leaves off. Celaena is the King's Champion, and she's let Dorian down easy romantically, so naturally, she and Chaol have to have their romantic moment to shine, and shine they do for the first half of the book. A massive strength of SJM's is her ability to make me love a ship more than the last ship that she made me love, and this series highlights that so intensely. After rereading ToG, I was all for Dorian, and rereading CoM, I was all for Chaol the entire time. Even knowing Rowan is coming. That is SKILL, let me tell you.

But yes, Celaena is doing her Champion things, making it seem like she's killing people even when she's not. Chaol's doing captainy things. Dorian is doing princely things such as bursting with magic that he shouldn't have. Nehemia is being a gigantic ray of sunshine that I'm still SO TORN UP OVER. The King is being shady af and I wish I could step through the pages to murder him myself. Things are as they usually are in Erilea, and all I see is what is to come while still thoroughly enjoying the ride the second time through.

These characters and their world are so close to my heart. SJM's writing style and her world-building connect with me on another plane of existence so that when I read her books I just ascend there and live through her words, and I love it.

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AmandaSheridan
Feb 23, 2020

I loved the 2nd book, even more than the first.
I found at times my pulse quickening and my heart racing as quickly devoured chapter after chapter. The ending left me blindsided, it was such a twist I didn't foresee.
I can't wait to drive into book 3 and continue on this epic journey with Celaena!!

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NerdyKitty815
Feb 05, 2020

Most of the time, books that take place between the first book and the final installation of a series aren't as good as the original. In this case, however, I am pleased to say the Crown of Midnight is just as amazing and fascinating as Throne of Glass. My only complaint is the love triangle. It's not that there's anything wrong with it-most of the time, I despise love triangles, but not this one. Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian are all very real and interesting, and the fact that Celaena does not rely on the men to save her and kicks butt for the sake of kicking butt is great. It's just that I was shipping her and Dorian, and now I feel that I can't do that anymore, and that she has to end up with Chaol. It's probably just because of my traditional beliefs (I apologize to anyone reading this who does not agree with me), but once a couple has done you-know-what, I believe that they need to stay together because that is the sort of thing that should only be done between a husband and wife. Again, you don't have to agree with me, I'm just putting in my two cents. Asides from that, however, I have no complaints about this book and plan on reading the rest of the series.

lgmosher Jan 10, 2020

I tried... I truly tried but there is only one word for this book.

POINTLESS.

The entire time she's supposed to do one thing and can't even do it.... YOU HAD ONE JOB.

Reading it was a waste of time. I mean if you like self absorbed women and irrational actions then sure read it continue on in the series. But I am more than convinced that Mass has no idea where her series is headed and that she just writes to write things.

She will have set parameters and then just throw them out the window and make things happen!

Ugggghhhhhh.

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kcunha
Nov 02, 2019

In my opinion, it is the best book of the series that I read until now (I'm comparing it with two first). It gave me a lot of feelings together with the main character. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Bregosgirl
Oct 28, 2019

I enjoyed this book a lot. Heads up though as I continued on through the series it became more and more grown up. Just to give an example the characters that started out as friends become very friendly friends.
Enjoy the book
-Lindsey

sjpl_rebekah Sep 19, 2019

Sarah J. Maas is a truly an exceptional storyteller. These days it seems most fantasy series are trilogies, but she manages to drag her stories into long sagas without becoming boring. Her characters are engaging, her twists surprising, and her plot layering is superb. The only reason this is not a 5 star book for me is because it reads very much like a second book in a trilogy (i.e. setting the stage for a final installment), at least at the beginning. I have noticed this is a common trend in Maas’ writing. She starts out slow and then hits you with a lot in the last 25% of the book. Her ability to write strong endings is what keeps her readers chomping at the bit for more. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Heir of Fire.

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Brit_O_Dubhagain
Jul 22, 2019

An amazing read. the character development was outstanding. Also the major cliff-hanger at the end was amazing i did not see that coming.
Can't wait for #3.

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susan_findlay
Apr 21, 2019

Finals happened halfway through my time with this book. So, all things considered, it held up pretty well. I enjoyed the part I read before finals, and I enjoyed the part I read after finals.

It is clearly setting up for a saga, and the author was willing to make some unhappy choices in order to set up key plot developments.

I plan to continue with the series.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

Better than the first in the series

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miraellie
Apr 13, 2020

“Why are you crying?"
"Because," she whispered, her voice shaking, "you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be.”

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CHLOE JONES
Dec 01, 2018

"I want chocolate cake!"
-Celaena Sardothien

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nvuk958
Sep 25, 2015

"If they wanted Adarlan's Assassin, they'd get her and wyrd help them when she arrived"
-Chaol Westfall, The Crown of Midnight

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