Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance
Format: Published August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Source: Own copy; bought in Fully Booked
“She’d learned the only skills that could keep her safe. To escape death, she’d become death.”
“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.
“And when he opened his eyes, he let her go.”
Miedjel: Crown of Midnight! I read this book instantly after I read Throne of Glass cause like…duh, I needed more of Celaena! This book was building the climax. You just know that something big is about to happen. For example in scary movies where we’re at the edge of our seats cause we know this stupid girl who’s heard something on the other side of the door would open it and just fall into her doom. That’s exactly how I felt!
“But the next time you do anything like this, I am going to throw you in the dugeons.”
“For killing him?”
“For scaring the hell out of me!”
Erika: I love how this book starts with Celaena holding a decapitated head and being like “Here.” And dropping it in front of the King but that’s not all folks. She also had another treat. A HAND. Yup, badassery 2.0.
Miedjel: One thing in this series that I love is that it’s not a big of a deal for me who she ends up with because when I read this series, I’m just really focusing on Celeana. So when things got a little steamy with Chaol and Celaena, I didn’t really mind. It’s not like Chaol is an ugly guy sooooo. But then don’t get me wrong every time I read I still have a ship in mind.
“I know you can look after yourself. But I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”
Erika: Yeah, I get it Miedjel. Celaena doesn’t need a man to make it happen but still. I WANT A MAN! IT IS A HUGE DEAL FOR ME WHO SHE ENDS UP WITH! At first, Chaol is STILL denying/resisting. Come on, dude, the indenial is getting really painful to watch so please just go for it (or not)! Obviously, Celaena and Chaol are the star in this book. I’m Team Dorian right? I know I am but my backstabbing romance loving heart is confusing me. My conviction towards Dorian is incomparable but then Chaol says things to Celaena that’s *kind* of changing my mind! Stop being stoically romantic Chaol. Stop it or else.
“Do you want me to fight for you? Is that it?”
Dorian though. I feel so bad for my baby. It’s so obvious that he still and will forever love Celaena but he can’t do anything so he just tries to tell his heart that he doesn’t love her anymore. But the thing is, you can’t tell your heart to stop loving someone right? Don’t worry baby, I’m here for you. Come to mama.
Eventually, of course, the ship that is Chaol and Celaena sails and let me tell you. Celaena is one happy girl. She’s receiving the goods. EVERYWHERE. I felt kind of shocked at her reaction though. I get the seizing the day because of what happened with Sam but damn giirl. You’re intense.
But then what I found kind of questionable is her instant hate towards Chaol. I know what he did was wrong. I was screaming at him not to keep secrets from Celaena but noooooo he doesn’t listen! So from the loving everywhere and anywhere, she suddenly hates him with a fury like intense hate. Is it really possible to instantly hate someone you used to love? Fine, maybe angry, extremely disappointed but hate? Too extreme.
Miedjel: I don’t agree with you on this one, Erika. Celaena’s reaction was perfectly understandable and well deserved. In this book, we get to see more of Chaol, Nehemiah and some revelations about Dorian. You get to really see Chaol’s character and how he is. He’s sweet and extremely adorable!
Erika: You know what I disagree with? You, Miedjel!
I feel like every time I say a not so good thing about this series, Miedjel is ready to stab me.
Miedjel: *takes sword out* What? Nooooooooo! *puts sword back*
Erika: Okay, Nehemia. Seriously, she just keeps getting cooler and cooler. She is the kind of best friend you would wish for! How she was in the first book, always protecting Celaena, it still hasn’t changed. But something did change and it’s depressing and shocking. I honestly didn’t think it would happen. I wholly believe that it should not have happened but I get why it happened. I guess it had to happen so the other things will be set in motion. *vagueness at it’s finest* But I’m still extremely sad.
Miedjel: Nehemiah, the girl who should win the world’s greatest best friend. Really this girl should have her own song and it should just be about how awesome she is. I won’t spoil you but I will warn you that something huge will happen concerning Nehemiah. That’s all I’m saying. High five Erika! We’re good at being vague.
“Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.”
Erika: Fleetfoot! He is the best dog ever. I found him so cute trying to be all fierce and protecting Celaena. He was all like “roar” and I was all like “awww” My reaction was very inappropriate given that they were battling this evil spirit kind of thing but I couldn’t help it. I want a dog like Fleetfoot! I remembered how Celaena protected him and he’s from Dorian. He is precious to me.
“Can I ask why you decided to join me for dinner?”
“Because I have nowhere else to go.”
“Then you will always have a place here.”
Speaking of Dorian, the thing I found out about him made me extremely happy. It just justified that Celaena and him are perfect for each other given the heart stopping thing I also found out about Celaena at the end of the book! My reactions: “OMG” “WHAT” “YAAAAS” Believe me when I say that Dorian and Celaena are perfect!!!
Miedjel: Now Dorian, he has a secret that even he doesn’t know about and you’ll find out all about it in this book. I was also shocked when I found out and extremely happy. At least, we agree on something Erika!
Erika: Finally!!! I’m safe.
Miedjel: I still haven’t talked about Celaena though so here I go. Celeana is already fierce as we have established in our first review but in this book Sarah showed us that apparently Celaena can get even fiercer. I didn’t know that there was another level of fierceness but I’m not complaining. You will see Celaena at her element in this book because she is finally the Kings’ Champion!!!
“Enough! We have enough enemies as it is! There are worse things out there to face.”
“No, there aren’t,” she said.
“Because I’m here now.”
This book is just plain amazing. The plots amazing. The characters are amazing. The covers are amazing. So just read it!!!
“I’ll come back for you.”
Erika: This book ends with hope but the not so good part about it is she gives hope for both the ships! Seriously, Celaena! Is it that hard to choose? Yes, it is. I just answered my own question but still. My ship will rise. It will rise.