Sunday, October 13, 2013

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight
By: Sarah J. Maas
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Series: A Throne of Glass Novel

Description:
She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.But where will her conscience, and her heart, lead her?

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 willing to fight for?

About the Author:
SARAH J. MAAS is a New York native who currently lives in the California desert. Throne of Glass was her first novel. She has a large on-line fanbase who eagerly support her writing. Visit her online at www.sarahjmaas.comFacebook: facebook.com/throneofglassTwitter: @SJMaas

Links

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Review:
This series gets more amazing the more I read into it.  The author has sent us on a journey with someone who can rival some of the greatest heroines of all time.  There is empowerment and strength in this book with a little bit of magic and romance in this book, just enough to wet your whistle and make you wanting to come back for more.  Some series tend to start going downhill but this one has gone up hill and hasn't even reached the top of the hill yet.  There's still so much to explore and I can't wait to sink my teeth into the rest of this series.

We are back with Celaena as she is now the kings champion doing his dirty work for him.  Or at least that is what she leads everyone to believe.  She is secretly helping her proposed victims to go into hiding all while trying to convince the king to continue believing in her and discovering all his secrets.  But Celaena has some of her own secrets that are revealed in this book and some are shocking and others you just knew or at least hoped they were all true and when they turn out the way you want them to you can't help to cheer this book on and this character.  Although there were times when I was a little disappointed in her because trust is a major thing for her and my heart broke with the actions that happened between her and Chaol, but I'm getting ahead of myself.

The prince is still experiencing more things about himself and his family in his search for the truth of what is going on.  He learns new things that will turn his world upside down, but what happens with that knowledge is what is important, and only time will tell what will happen with him.  Is he on the side of good or on the side of something more sinister.  I have hope in him too because he seems to be a very loyal person and his strength begins to grow within himself.  He will rise above all the evil things and I can't wait to read about them.

Chaol on the other hand has so much going on and there are emotions thrown all over the place and my heart soars and breaks with him.  I want things to work out with him and Celaena because I believe they compliment one another perfectly.  They just have to learn to trust each other and confide in each other with everything that they have.  Heartbreaking and truly romantic because you know they deserve each other in the best way possible.

The king is his usual evil self, but he too is keeping secrets and he's out for world domination.  He sends Caleana out into the world searching for those who dare to be a traitor to him.  Anyone who even remotely shows any sense of having magic is automatically beheaded or thrown in the dungeons for his use later in a plan that is slowly showing itself to us as the readers and man is he evil.  There are secrets that he has discovered when he was younger and in these secrets he has found a wealth of power but being human and naturally greedy he is in search of more of this power.  Using anyone in his wake that he can to finish off his game plan.

Again this book was amazing there were so elements in this book that it kept you at the edge of your seat wondering what would happen next and you couldn't help but continue to think about this book even after you read it. Even while you were reading it you couldn't help but think further into it.  It was great and I read it and couldn't keep my mind off all the characters.  Having recently read all the novellas it just helped me put every little piece together.  You really should read them before reading this because all the little bits and pieces and back stories are in those novella's.  I'm rooting for Celaena, Chaol and Dorian.  They deserve to be the victors in this book.

I love the cover, I love the characters, I love everything about this and I can't say that enough.

Disclaimer:
I received this book from NetGalley and Bloomsbury USA Children's Books, so that I may give my honest opinion and a review. Whether it is good or not please do not let it discourage you from purchasing/reading the book yourself and forming your own opinion. What might be good for me may not be good for you and vice versa. With that said, Happy Reading Everyone!!!
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