October 27, 2014

Wicked Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Published: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Acquired: Digital copy

"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."

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.

Celaena is doing her duties to the King; killing people who are against the King. But she's not really killing them. More like helping them escape and faking their deaths because she's a good person and she hates the King. Stakes are high because of what she's doing and the next person she's out to "kill" is a former friend, Archer Finn.

Before we get to Archer Finn and the rest of the new characters, let us focus on the trio; Celaena, Chaol and Dorian. Each of them improved. I was surprised with Chaol warming up to Celaena. In Throne of Glass, Chaol was dead set on ignoring Celaena and going on about his business as Captain of the Guard. All those late nights by the fireplace reading and training in the morning. Not to mention a shirtless Chaol running around the palace grounds is a treat! Dorian, on the other hand, became the complete opposite. He just found out that he has magic. Now, magic is forbidden by his father. He didn't know what to do with himself. Nehemia is as fabulous as ever but I got to see less of her as the book drew to the climax and down till the end if you know what I mean.

Now, Archer Finn. I can't quite put my finger on this guy. I don't know if he's the good guy or the bad guy but one thing is for sure, a courtesan is a very fickle character. Then there's the creepy Baba Yellowlegs. Just. CREEPY. Former Queen, Elena, is reaching out to Celaena. Now this is what set things in motion for Celaena and for the whole series. There is evil and it is up to Celaena to stop that evil even if it means leaving those whom she loves the most.

Needless to say, this book kept me on the edge. Literally on the edge. You guys can't even imagine.

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well. 

Sarah lives in Southern California, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.

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