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.
Book: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Format: Paperback, 420 pgs
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“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.
“The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realised she was home.”
The story follows Calaena and focuses on her romantic relationship with Chaol. Dorian has been largely ignored even though he never did anything to harm either Calaena or Chaol. And he has consistently tried to bridge the gap between them. For some reason, however, Calaena avoided him like the plague and Chaol was too jealous and worried to be around him.
(Dorian… literally.. how could they ignore him)
Which was sad and annoying since Dorian discovered he has powers. He, it seems, is the first of his family in a long time to be magical. He struggles on his own as he hides it from everyone because of his fathers stupid rules and tries to find information to understand how to control it but only gets answers from Baba Yellowlegs (yes, the weirdest name in existence) which is frustrating because Calaena already knows and could’ve guided him. Nehemia drops a hint that she could help him but is not around when he needs her. Honestly, this whole book was an eff you Dorian even though he never did anything to deserve that treatment.
“Some things you hear with your ears.
Others, you hear with your heart.”
Now going back to Calaena and Chaol. They finally acknowledge that they have strong feelings for one another. They spend the majority of the book flirting until finally getting around to doing the deed. Chaol being Calaena’s first, as he predicted in the previous book. (How did he know?) Their relationship is wonderful, they are kind to one another and respectful. They are healthy. They encourage each other to become better versions of themselves and support each-others decisions. —- Which obviously meant that one of them was going to mess up really badly,,… which is what happened. *facepalm
Nehemia… dies. I am not sure how I feel about that. Even though she was interesting, I didn’t really like her all that much. So her death was not as big of a blow to me as it was made out to be. However, her death served as the trigger that Calaena desperately needed to finally decide to do something about all the injustice that was happening.
“Celaena was the lost Queen of Terrasen.
Chaol sank to his knees.”
Last but not least, Calaena is the lost princess of Terrasen, Aelin Galathynius. So.. here’s the thing, I already knew this, from book one. What I didn’t know however, was the fact that she knew. I was lead to believe that Calaena was too young when her parents died and did not remember her true lineage. I didn’t think she remembered that she was even fae. THAT was what shocked me, her knowledge of everything. So why has she stayed silent this whole time?
Anyway, It was forgettable. I am truly sorry but it was. Apart from the last page in the book, everything else was just buildup. Maybe I am not used to reading extremely long series, since I usually read trilogies. Which generally follow a certain pace that is much faster than this. However, I do feel like all this waiting around will pay off in the coming books.
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PS: Calaena has to be the first character in any book or movie who…Upon seeing danger ahead of her, stops and runs in the opposite direction. Finally someone who behaves like a normal being. :p
And Wyrd help them when she arrived.”
What did you think of this book, have you read anything similar to it? Or do you have any recommendations for me to try? Lets chat, don’t worry, I don’t bite. ^^
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