Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight

eBook - 2013
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As the royal assassin to an evil king, eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien must decide what she will fight for--survival, love, or the future of a kingdom.
Publisher: 2013
ISBN: 9781619630635
Branch Call Number: E-Book TEEN
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PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 07, 2018

I had a hard time rating this one. When I first finished it, it was five stars, then later it was three, then I thought about it again and settled on four.

Why I wanted to give it five stars: terrific storytelling. Maas makes me feel invested in the characters and builds them beyond one-dime... Read More »

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Apr 21, 2019

Finals happened halfway through my time with this book. So, all things considered, it held up pretty well. I enjoyed the part I read before finals, and I enjoyed the part I read after finals.

It is clearly setting up for a saga, and the author was willing to make some unhappy choices in order to set up key plot developments.

I plan to continue with the series.

Feb 21, 2019

Better than the first in the series

Jan 23, 2019

This one has you on a rollercoaster of emotions! Love all the unexpected twist and turns. Of course you’re left with the biggest cliff hanger possible at the end. Bring on #3!!

Nov 17, 2018

So much better than the first book. I was confused at the name for part two, which is The Queen's Arrow. But now I know. And the character relationships have grown much more complex, more than I thought Maas could have achieved. Indeed, she has listened to her readers and expanded her universe. Here are some quotes where she shows her skills (Spoilers!):
"Silently, she began to recite the names of her dead. And as the overseer raised his whip, she added her name to the end of that list and swung her ax into his gut."
So Rena Goldsmith died, and she was reciting the names of dead people right before she died. In this quote, it occurred in the chapter which was in the perspective of a miner. I thought that was pretty damn cool. We don't see a chapter in the miner's perspective again, but I liked it.

"The loss she felt, the stillness with which she watched him--it was all his fault. If the punishment for that was losing her, then he'd endure it." This was a good choice. I liked that Chaol walked away. Maas wrote Chaol very well in this book. Based on how the romance went in Throne of Glass, I lowkey expected Chaol to keep pursuing Celaena after Nehemia died, like the typical male love interest move. But he gave her some space, which is good. I think I'm a little against Cel and Chaol because I liked Celaena with Dorian better. Anyways, cheers to Maas for making Chaol a character who I could kind of appreciate.

"A missing person was better than a decapitated corpse. Celaena raised her eyes to the large oven grate." Yes. I am loving her assassin thoughts. She's so ruthless, so different from Cel in ToG.

"She brought her mouth to his ear, holding him upright with one hand and twisting the dagger with the other as she whispered, "But Nehemia was.""
Dude. Archer deserved to die. And those last words to end off this chapter and kill Archer off--as I was reading, I was like damn girl.

"But he could do this for her. Even if he never saw her again, even if she abandoned her duties as King's Champion and stayed with the Fae in Wendlyn forever--as long as he knew that she was safe, that no one could hurt her...He'd sell his soul again and again for that." Okay, I like that Chaol once again is giving her the space she needs. And yeah, they had so much love for each other. At this point, they love each other but aren't in love with each other. And having that friendly connection is something that I like to see, because I know in the next book Celaena (who I should now call Aelin) will have a new love interest. A new man to love and trust. The stuff between Chaol and Aelin is sad, but Chaol just has to move on. He doesn't have to forget her, but he has to move on with his love life.

Aug 25, 2018

A great expansion off of the first book. The growth in the characters was enjoyable. While I enjoyed the first book more, I love the direction the series is going in.

PimaLib_ChristineR Jul 07, 2018

I had a hard time rating this one. When I first finished it, it was five stars, then later it was three, then I thought about it again and settled on four.

Why I wanted to give it five stars: terrific storytelling. Maas makes me feel invested in the characters and builds them beyond one-dimensional cutouts. She writes terrific action sequences when she feels like it.

Why I wanted to give it three stars: Maas sets Celaena up as a ruthless baddie. The only one to survive the salt mines longer than six months. She has been raised to be the most feared assassin in the kingdom and has fought her way to be the King's Assassin. As much as she dislikes and fears the king, there's no prior indication that Celaena, as a private assassin, only took the jobs of people she thought of as "bad guys."

She's a PAID ASSASSIN and she won't kill the people the king sends her to kill. I don't care who she is (and if you haven't figured it out by about chapter three of the first book, you're not paying attention), she chose this life, specifically the life of an assassin, and only by luck, the King's Assassin... and now suddenly, because Maas needs her to be a heroine, she grows a conscience that she never had before. I have no doubt that Maas could have gotten her to this place, but she literally just throws a switch between books one and two, and Celaena is a different person. It's infuriating.

Why I settled in the middle. The plot-line is so fun and absorbing that I have to let it go and move on. This is still worth the read. And just because Celaena is suddenly selective doesn't mean she's safe. I loved the storyline with the prince and Chaol as well.

Apr 22, 2018

This book is very interesting, is the simplest way to put it. Sometimes I really hated it. Sometimes I really loved it. Most of the time it was painfully predictable. Sarah J Maas obviously wasn't going for subtly with some of those so-called plot twists. I have a lot of feelings about this book but for some reason, I keep reading. The world is just too cool though the characters are a little dumb. I guess I'll just go on to the next book. I've got nothing better to do.

Jan 23, 2018

I've noticed a significant difference in her writing from the first to the second book; which I'm pleased to say. Her first book read and felt like a debut novel; simple, basic and terribly clichéd. The second book has more structure with stronger storytelling techniques. Now I'm actually interested in knowing more about the characters and who Celaena really is. It's enough to keep me interested in the series. Looking forward to moving to the third book.

Jan 10, 2018

I'm kind of sad that I put Throne of Glass at a 5 star rating, because now I have nowhere to go from there. This book was fantastic. It was a wonderful continuation from the first novel, and has me really excited for the next installment. The first third or so was a little slow, but it picked up quickly. I was a huge fan of Chaol and Celeana's blossoming relationship, as well as her friendships with Nehemia and Dorian. After the murder of a certain character (whom I won't divulge here) the story picked up to an almost feverish pace, and raced along to a thrilling climax and conclusion. Maas did an amazing job of flushing out characters she introduced in Throne of Glass, and developing the story and revelations to the audience at just the right speed. Her characters are real and intelligent. They make good and bad choices. They are emotional. They cry, they laugh, and they have sex, like normal young adults, even though they might have the weight of the world on their shoulders. Celeana showcases her skills constantly, so we don't have to guess what she's capable of. Great story, all around. I will most certainly be picking up the next installment, and soon!

Sep 10, 2017

This Throne of Glass novel was so devastating in so many ways but it was still amazing. I both hate and love all the new ideas Sarah J Mass comes up with. This second novel was really good and I can't wait to read the next one.

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Dec 01, 2018

"I want chocolate cake!"
-Celaena Sardothien

Sep 25, 2015

"If they wanted Adarlan's Assassin, they'd get her and wyrd help them when she arrived"
-Chaol Westfall, The Crown of Midnight


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