Crown of Midnight
By Sarah J. Maas
Publication date: Aug. 27, 2013
Bloomsbury USA Childrens, 432 pages
An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?
— Goodreads.com description
Oh, you guys, this series is just magical. I can’t even form full paragraphs, so here are just some of the MANY reasons I loved Crown of Midnight by the lovely Sarah J. Maas:
– It was even better than Throne of Glass — a very hard book to top. (See, I couldn’t form full paragraphs for that review either).
– It did not suffer from Second Book Syndrome. Meaning it didn’t just serve to fill a spot between books one and three. It seriously moved the story along, full of challenges and growth for the main characters. And, and, and…I did not want to throw it across the room! (This happens often with me on book two of a series.)
– It set up the next book to be CRAAAAZY. Okay, maybe you will want to throw the book now that I think of that ending…
– Celaena. Wow, what a strong female lead. She’s tough and brave and loyal, but also very funny and feminine. I love the contrast and depth to her character.
– More Dorian vs. Chaol tension!
– More importantly, more CHAOL!
– The world-building, as always, is spectacular.
– I already wanted to reread it by the time I finished. It was that good.
Friends, you really need to read this series. Sure, some of you are scared of fantasy, but it’s like a fantasy gateway drug, I swear. It’ll get anyone hooked on the genre!
Okay, was that profuse enough? Suffice to say, I’m a fan. Thanks, Sarah, for another lovely story!