Words. Okay. Words. I must remember how to do words.
Peoples. ANOTHER 5-star read and I’m absolutely floored and…words. I just…Oh. WOW.
NOTE: I can’t possibly talk about this without babbling spoilers, BUT I will have a spoiler section. It’ll be clearly marked and you will not see spoilers unless you want to. So rest easy as you read!
Thank you thank you thank you to Bloomsbury Australia for the review-copy. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) hit shelves in August, 2013.
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.
I’m Sarah J. Maas, 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). The Assassin’s Blade, a bind-up of all five TOG novellas is out now! Starting in Spring 2015 – my New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well! Horray! I was born/raised in Manhattan, but traded freezing winters and sweltering summers for No Winter Ever Weather when I followed my then-boyfriend (now husband!) out to California in 2008. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College with a degree in Creative Writing, and a minor in REligious Studies. I’m represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency.
It’s super hard to write reviews for books you absolutely 100% adore. Gosh, it’s impossible. Where do I start? What do I tell you? WHAT CAN I SAY THAT WILL SUM UP THIS GLORIOUS CREATION?
When I read book #1 (Throne of Glass), I felt happy and excited and pretty much like this:
But then, oh silly me, I read Crown of Midnight (book #2) and it all turned into this:
I’m legitimately unsure of how to function until book #3 comes out. What was life before this genius ruled my emotions? How did I function? Both book #1 and #2 are ALREADY have 5-stars from me, incessant fangirling, plus they’re on my best-books-of-the-year list (and I’ve read 70 books already, peoples, so that’s not an easy feat!). I just love them, okay?
The series has everything I demand! Flawless writing. Epic world-building. Mind-blowing plot twists. Heartbreaking characters. And humour. YES! Amongst all the pain, I actually laughed out loud. Peoples, I’m not even a fan of high-fantasy (I usually get confused and bored) but I could NOT put this book down! It’s complicated and intense, but I never felt like I was drowing. I just wanted moooore.
There is no “second book blues”. There are no lulls. There is action and adventure and twisty characters and sneaky expeditions and some serious romance and just a little tiny bit of BLOOD EVERYWHERE. Just sayin’.
Characters are what I love most when I’m reading and Crown of Midnight delivers the most amazingly written characters EVER.
Chaol and Celaena
I shipped them the moment we got introduced to Chaol. Dorian? He was an option, but to me: it was ALWAYS Chaol. I kept shipping them so hard in this book. They simultaneously made me laugh and GNASH MY TEETH OH GOSH HOW CAN I HANDLE THIS?
We can’t forget that Celaena spent so long in the horrific prison mines of Endovier in book #1. (Not a spoiler because it says so in the blurb of book #1.) But she LOVES FOOD. I can always get alongside a character who adores food. And when I say adores, I mean: she-will-devour-a-complete-chocolate-cake-by-herself-no-regrets.
I’m not a clothes guru…but I appreciate so much when characters actually CARE about their clothes and apperance! You can still be a deadly assassin and have other interests. Celaena is such a deep character because of her personality and wit and intelligence. But also: she has such a passion for spending money on clothes. Aaaand…
There is SO MUCH BOOK LOVE here! That is amazing and makes my heart beat wildly. Books are cherished and loved and…thank you, just thank you, to the author, for making books be tools of power and wisdom.
I’m floored at how well the magic is woven into this book. And there are some killer plot twists involving magical things…ohhhh, scary. But in all seriousness (har, har): I love how the magic is unique and deadly and beautiful. Emphasis on the deadly, though. Can we NOT keep awkening scary creatures? Did we learn nothing in the first book?! I’m going to suffer a heart attack. I really am.
Highlight to read:
Can we please talk about Chaol’s grave “betrayal”?
Honestly, I don’t think this was as horrific as it could have been! Maybe I’m just partial to all things Chaol…but how did Celaena flip out on him so fast?!! He’d been everything to her and in that second, she believed everything slimy Archer had to say. She didn’t even confirm things with Chaol. She just flipped! And hated him and…you know the rest. This bothers me. It actually made my opinion of Celaena wobble.
I get so very frustrated when characters go down the miscommunication route. But this isn’t a critism on the writing of the book! It’s actually realistic, I suppose. But I felt that Chaol and Celaena were “too good to be true” and I KNEW they’d be broken apart. I just didn’t feel the “breaking point” was strong enough.
Am I supposed to think Celaena loved Nehima more than Chaol??
After all: Nehima actually lied and tricked Celaena and then Celaena found out BEFORE Nehima died! That had that whole freakish argument. But Celaena wasn’t clawing Nehima’s eyes out. Am I right? I felt a wobble in the characters there: I felt Celaena’s reaction to the betrayal of BOTH Nehima and Chaol should have been similiar.
Okay. I’m good now. I’m good. I just really had to talk about that. And I’m super keen for your opinions!
OF COURSE. If I could have a higher star rating, trust me, I’d give it here. This book totally ripped my soul out, made me laugh and cry and dissolve and be inspired. ALL THE LOVE.
I need some chocolate cake.
Cait fangirls so hard sometimes that she needs to sit down and calm herself. She literally wrote this review minutes after finish reading…soo…she’s a bit of a mess. Basically: FKADSLF;ASD. But there is hope! She has The Assassin’s Blade (a collection of TOG novellas) to read next. The joyousness doesn’t have to end yet! Oh, and by the way, she was serious about that chocolate cake. Please?