Goodreads rating: 4.49
Date published: Aug 27th, 2013 (USA)
My rating: ★★★★★
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.
Let me just preface this post by saying I am seriously addicted to this series. I finished the first book on Wednesday night, and already finished this one this evening – mind you, I had a test today, and I barely studied because I was that hooked!! All the hype makes total sense after reading it!
Her salary as King’s Champion was considerable, and Celaena spent every last copper of it. Shoes, hats, tunics, dresses, jewelry, weapons, baubles for her hair, and books. Books and books and books. So many books that Philippa had to bring up another bookcase for her room.
This was an amazing sequel, and way better than the first book, that’s for sure! I found the plot to be very intriguing and, as any of SJM’s plots, very intelligent. I honestly don’t know how she comes up with these things!! Every little detail she mentions will come into play later, and everything just connects so flawlessly. She is absolutely genius.
She wouldn’t mind working with him – but not in the way Roland meant. Her way would include a dagger, a shovel, and an unmarked grave.
There are some quite scary scenes in here, and also a looooooot of emotional stuff, so definitely be prepared for an emotional roller coaster!
She had mountains of unread books sitting in her rooms but didn’t feel like reading any of them.
I’m OBSESSED with the OTP here, and I’m praying that they will stay together. PLEASE let them stay together I love them so muchhhhhh
I liked the OTP in the first book, but I don’t think anything could beat the current one, to be completely honest. My ship has sailed, friends.
“She’s just one girl.”
Though his guts were twisting at the thought of her in this place, (…) he gave the man a grin. “Then you’re really in for a surprise.”
I also felt as though there was a fair amount of character development, which I am always here for! Some of the characters matured a lot, or at least that’s what I gathered as I kept reading.
I love these characters so much it hurts *sobs*
My favorite characters are: Celaena, Chaol, Dorian, Mort, Nehemia and Ress (although he’s not often present, I really like the guy – he’s probably the only sane person in this entire series, tbh)
Despite there being amazing characters whom I love, I should warn you that 80% of the characters in this series are absolutely despicable and need to die like yesterday.
“I bet you wipe your ass with gold.”
“I don’t think that would be very comfortable.”
Unfortunately, I was spoiled for the big revelation at the end, so I already knew what would happen. That did take something away from my reading experience, but I absolutely loved Crown of Midnight nonetheless, and it wouldn’t make any sense to lower the rating based on an external factor. So, I will be giving it 5 stars, without a second thought.
I reeeeeeaaaally really love this series, and this book is my favorite so far. I absolutely recommend that you start reading the Throne of Glass series. I thought nothing would come close to the ACOTAR series, but I think this one will be at the same level for me, and that’s saying a lot.
If you’ll excuse me, I’ll go dive right into the third book now.
★★★★★ 5/5 stars
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