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on August 27, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, YA
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An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.
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 most willing to fight for?
Five stars is as high as I can go?? This book gets six. I’m going to state this now, THIS WAS MY FAVORITE BOOK OF 2013!!! Whew, that felt good. But seriously, if you haven’t read these books, go get them…..I’ll wait….. 🙂 I was absolutely blown away. This is what a sequel is supposed to be. This is what fantasy looks like!!!!!
There are so many words and at the same time none at all. Crown of Midnight left me dying for more. Questions are answered and more arise. Calaena is one of those 3-D eye puzzles and she is slowly coming into focus. Chaol and Dorian develop more in CoM as well, we get a few chapters from their point of view. We get to meet Chaol’s father, which gives insight to his childhood/life. You feel bad for Dorian in CoM because if you’ve read Throne of Glass you know Calaena doesn’t choose to stay with him.
I honestly can’t remember the last time a book blindsided like this book did. There were a few things Sarah J. Maas eases you into and others she knocks you over the head with. I refuse to ruin any aspect of this book for anyone, there will be no spoilers here!
This book gave me lots of feels. Happy feels, sad feels, shocked feels. CoM wasn’t missing a damn thing. It was perfect. SJM delves a bit farther into the world, Calaena is now the King’s Champion which means she’s his pet assassin. In the last book Elena tells Calaena that she must become the King’s Champion and not do his bidding. We learn a bit more of Calaena’s back history.
I apologize for being so scatterbrained in this review, this book just brought it out in me. I promise you that if you enjoy high fantasy you will LOVE these books. If you are a fan of Maria V. Snyder, Rae Carson, Kristin Cashore, and Morgan Rhodes this is a series to invest your time in. If it was possible I would give this book an even higher rating, but I can’t. 🙁
“The only bright spot had been seeing Calaena so obviously contemplate ways to bury the young lord.” pg.30
“Nehemia set down her tea.’You have to tell Captain Westfall about how she’s being treated.’ Calaena finished her scone and leaned back in her fluffed-up pillows. ‘I already did. He dealt with it.’ No need to mention that after Chaol had returned to his bedroom, where Calaena had been reading, his tunic was rumpled, his knuckles were raw, and there was a deadly sort of gleam in his chestnut eyes that told Calaena the dungeon guard was going to have some serious changes- and new members.” pg. 72-73
“‘Does your love for yourself know no bounds?’ ‘Absolutely none.'” pg. 190
I won’t put the passage but the end of Chapter 42 was one of my favorites.