Original Title: Crown of Midnight
Year Published: 2013
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Number of Pages: 418
First Sentence: “The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.”
Goodreads Rating: 5/5
Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.
Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.
Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…
This book slayed me. It was just such a rollercoaster of emotions and when it finished I had such a book hangover. It was fantastic and such a good continuation of the first book.
We get to learn so much more about all the characters here, things that start telling us just how they ended up being the persons they are now. And it is mostly heartbreaking. I know that Celaena is a badass assassin but I just want to cover her in blankets, cuddle her and hide her away from all the evil in her world. I loved how we got to see so much more about her character and see how she changed, not always for the better, but into something that could fight the evil king.
Chaol and Dorian have me tugging at my hair in exasperation. Men really are dense aren’t they? That doesn’t mean that they don’t have their hearts in the right place, but goddammit boys, stop being so stupid! Dorian is my baby. He fights and fights, and despite being broken so many times he still fights for what he thinks he is right and manages to maintain his image of the fancy prince. Chaol is the soldier with a heart of gold, and through it all, he never stops caring for his prince, his men or Celaena. Gotta love a man like that.
The plot is just fantastic. It has such a nice flow to it and the pace never feels rushed or too slow. Sure, it has moments where it slows down, but trust me, you need those moments to catch your breath. Maas’s writing is amazing and draws you right in. The plot is interesting with twists and turns that make it even more interesting. I literally closed this book and immediately reached for the next.
Do I recommend it?