I written everything in a notebook, but looking at it now, I wrote a merger amount of thoughts and this won’t help me write the right feels — but damn I don’t know what to feel.
Review may contain spoilers.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas Shelve this at GoodReads
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.
It shifts from: (me during a Celaena-killing spree)
to (innocent unexpected deaths!)
Why I now love Crown of Midnight more than Throne of Glass:
- More dudes (Please note that I also read and love books for other reasons)
- Additional secret doors (I get it that castles are old and have secret passages, Hogwarts even had tons of it)
- More deaths (I really didn’t care about the deaths from the first one, but I may have shed a few ( an understatement) in the second. The poor singer!
- More revelations ( damn those plot twists and turns)
- More assassin-y (is that even a word?) We finally seen the wraith that is Celaena Sardothein.
- They have
fuckingcontraceptives but not a decent light source.
I think the way Sarah J Maas now writes it more leaning toward New Adult (but that is just me basing everything from the second book of a 6 book series). It was kind of steamy back when I was read ACoTaR but Celaena and Chaol would make my book-bff faint and melt like chocolate ( I am not really on board with any of the pairings in the book, because I still think that there is a better pair with Celaena other than a prince and a lord-soon-to-be)
(Fun Fact: I am at our couch and currently thinking what other stuff to write for at least 20 minutes now. Still nothing -that is why I am writing this.)
Let’s talk about:
- Celeana. SHE.WAS.AWESOME. I could actually atest that her being Adarlan’s Assassin was a title she should proudly wear as a sash (beauty queen style). Back at book one -she wasn’t assassin-y enough, this because of the hold back that she must kept her identity a secret for the competition. But gurl, she has gone full-blown assassin all bloody and wraith.From her dragging along a head of a corpse to being covered in her victim’s blood.
Celeana finally had character-growth. *cue in confetti* I find Celaena more mature and much curious. I must admit that she is as implusive and irrattional (sometimes) as she wasfrom the first book, but she’s loyal to her friends (except the part where is almost killed one) we also finally knew a few details regarding her family background and we totally felt like Chaol when the info was dump. #HailPrincess
- I am sensing that Kaltain’s character would also develop along the series. I hope her headaches won’t though.
- Complex backstories and subplots. Thanks to Baba Yellowlegs for a quick history lesson with complex backstories and “myths” about the witches and magic. (RIP Baba Yellowlegs, the last of her kind)
- The hooded-creature that almost killed Dorian and Celeana. What was that? Who was that?
- The Secret Club of the Douchebags aka The Duke, the King and little Roland (?)With their secrets and their matching rings.
THIS IS BY FAR THE BEST SARAH J MAAS BOOK I HAVE READ. IT WAS FAST-PACED, ACTION-PACKED,
BLOODY AND IT FEATURES GREAT CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT (WHICH I LOVED!)
Have you read the Crown of Midnight? What were your thoughts? Let’s talk about it below!