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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Publication Date: August 15, 2013
Pages: 418
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Gift
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SYNOPSIS
"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.

MY REVIEW
This follow-up really shook me up something fierce. My heart is in pieces on the floor and I am just not okay. I need book three right now! This story has sucked me in and consumed me. I am again applauding Maas for her unique story telling ability. The way that she seizes you and makes you care so much for these characters is extraordinary. 

The characters really shine in this book! The characters grow so much. We find out so much history about them. We really get inside their heads and their hearts. Celaena is so much more badass in this book. She really has become a heroine that I adore to pieces. In the first book, I found her self involved and petty. At least in the beginning of the first book. Now that we see how much she has grown and we find out some of her past, she is really outstanding. 

This story is just so clever. The plot thickens so much in this. We get so much more information. So many things happen. Things really start falling into place. Little bits of information totally change your perspective about where the story is going. And there is just so much content. Surprisingly, the story does not go by too slowly because of the influx of new information. It really flows nicely. In fact, I couldn't put the book down! 

This book is captivating. I am so excited for the rest of Celaena's journey. If you haven't read this series yet, please don't wait any longer! 


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.



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