Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight

A Throne of Glass Novel

Book - 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: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013.
ISBN: 9781619630628
1619630621
Characteristics: 490 pages :,illustration ;,25 cm.

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fjorden
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.

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Mbussey
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.

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faithmurri99
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.

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UrsulaJ
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 clich├ęd. 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.

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RebelBelle13
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!

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amsagraceb
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.

ArapahoeTiegan Apr 24, 2017

The second book in the Throne of Glass series is better even than the first - and the first was amazing! Now that Celaena is the King's Champion, she has to navigate her morality while encountering her past. She also has to figure out just what the king is up to in order to try to save Erilea. There is way more romance in this book and some more secrets come out about everyone, while revealing that there is still a lot the reader does not know. Definitely leaves you wanting more!

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Nymeria23
Apr 17, 2017

This book series is amazing. I can just feel the writing getting better and better, compared to the first book, and I feel so much more connected to the characters and the story!
The adventures and intensity are incredible! Even though it can get a little gory at times, I love it because it puts the reader directly into the story, not leaving out any details and providing a deeper connection to the heroine as we both have to deal with the disgust and horror of the situation.
I love the plot twists, the characters, the heartaches and trials, the deception and power, the hope and fear. It's truly amazing, and I am loving every second of it. I can not CAN NOT wait for the next book!

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ADWithrow
Apr 11, 2017

I liked this but I saw the ending "twist" coming a mile away. I'm ok with that though because, for once, the character already knew and didn't have their whole world turned upside down. I liked that Celaena isn't going to go through the typical "who am I now, my whole life was a lie" nonsense. I am a little tired of all that.

I loved Chaol in this and thought Dorian had a lot of growth. I definitely was surprised by the turn in Nehemia's story. Chaol was the winner here though.

I loved the addition of Archer and how Celaena was manipulating the situation she found herself in as well.

My major problem with this: and a reason for a star deduction, was the romance between Chaol and Celaena. Don't get me wrong here, I love them together and think they are much better suited for each other than her and Dorian. But I really disliked how easily Celaena was manipulated and how quickly she shunned Chaol. All over something that was a reasonable action for him to take, completely in character. It wasn't like he went out of the way to make life hard for her. He simply did what he has always done and she completely blames him for everything. I felt she was really fickle here and that annoyed me to no end. Nothing that happened was Chaol's fault and there is no reason why a character like Celaena wouldn't have seen that. She is a warrior, a survivor...she should have suspected the manipulation to begin with and should have had more loyalty and faith in the man she loves.

Otherwise, though, I am happy with where the tale went and what it is setting up. I feel like we had a solid progression in the main story line as well as growth for the prominent characters. Looking forward to the next one. Hopefully Celaena won't be so susceptible to obvious political machinations.

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Violet_Baudelaire
Dec 01, 2018

"I want chocolate cake!"
-Celaena Sardothien

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nvuk958
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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