I just finished reading Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas!
This is a re-read. Feel free to check out my incredibly messy yet enthusiastic review of it by clicking here!
Also, can we just talk about the fact that this series is officially getting a TV adaptation?! I don't know weather I should dread it or if I'm excited... kind of like The Mortal Instruments and Percy Jackson... Can't wait to see how it turns out!
"An assassin's loyalties are always in doubt but her heart never wavers
Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King's Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance—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 decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie ... and whom she is willing to fight for."
I'm so glad I decided to re-read this sereis: I finally, finally understand the hype behind it! Sarah J Maas is a writing and plot queen!
Crown of Midnight starts off some time after the first book ends - Celaena is now charged with missions set by the King to assassinate individuals he has issues with. But Celaena is a rebel... there's no way she's just obeying these orders.
The ToG world is loosing balance - the banned practice of magic has been reappearing, countries are falling while others are rising, and practically no one can be completely trusted.
This book is both about balance - between right and wrong, loyalties, and dangers - and is incredibly well balanced. There is just the right amount of everything in it - magic, love, hate, intrigue, puzzles, violence, deciet, monsters... I never felt like anything was over-used, and nowadays, that's almost rare to find in a book, especially in a second book of a series, which often suffers the notorious 'second-book syndrome'. This one escaped from that stereotype and managed to stand out on its own, maybe even more than the first book!
Celaena is developing to be an absolutely incredible character - I don't want to go too much into spoilers (there'll be some later on), but her character develops incredibly, in all sorts of directions. She can be as girly as she can be a stone-cold murderer, as gentle as she can be a killer.
This book brimmed with action, intrigue and magic, in all of the right ways that is leaving me itching to pick up book three right away! The ending, I must say, is a apocalypse. So. Much. Happens!
Next is the spoilery part - highlight to read it!
So Celaena is a Fairy Queen. In a bunch of books, that would sound incredibly cliche. I mean, as a kid, who has never said 'I want to be a fairy princess for halloween!'. I know I have! And don't get me wrong, I love fairy books. I was obsessed with them when I was 14-ish, and I have a whole shelf on my bookshelf practicaly dedicated to them. Doesn't mean that that doesn't sound cliche at times.
But this book made is just awesome. An assassin who is actually a fiary queen. Ha! Take that, ditzyness!
The way this all is discovered and exposed through Chaol was perfect. She never really eludes to it or admits it, but he manages to pull pieces of conversation together to find that out.
The fact that Dorian also has magic made me really happy - the unconcsious rebel to the crown. Dorian is one of my favorite characters - more so than Chaol, to be honest!
Also, can we talk about what turned the book upside down - Nehemina's death and Archer's betrayal? I forgot that Celaena killed Archer in the end, and a part of me died on the inside, simply because I honestly thought that their friendship and loyalty to each other could withstand a lot.
Well... that did not turn out that way!
The way Nehemina's death affected Celaena was absolutely heartbreaking. It was such a terrible death! Still having troubles processing it - it drove most of the book and it still barelyl seems real!
Anyway, of course I'm giving this book a 5/5 feathers! Incredible sequel, can't wait to read book 3!
Have you read Crown of Midnight? What did you think of it? Let me know! :D
I know that this isn't my last post for 2016, but I just want to say - I know that 2016 has been a hectic year in most countries around the world, and that a lot of people just want this year to be over with. It even became a meme...
So I thought it would be nice to just remember what went well this year. I'd like to do a post - both personal and world-wide - about the good things 2016 brought. I have a bunch of ideas already, so much that I have to write them down, but feel free to comment/email me some more! I'd love to hear what struck you as amazing this year! :)
I know it's easy to see the bad rather than the good, but remembering the good is always amazing :)
Have a great day! I hope that everyone is doing well and that your holidays have started off well!