Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight

A Throne of Glass Novel

Book - 2013
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As the royal assassin to an evil king, eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien must decide what she will fight for--survival, love, or the future of a kingdom.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781619630628
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Branch Call Number: TEEN FICTION MAAS
Characteristics: 420 pages : map ; 25 cm

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violet_cat_4213
Feb 05, 2020

Most of the time, books that take place between the first book and the final installation of a series aren't as good as the original. In this case, however, I am pleased to say the Crown of Midnight is just as amazing and fascinating as Throne of Glass. My only complaint is the love triangle. It's not that there's anything wrong with it-most of the time, I despise love triangles, but not this one. Celaena, Chaol, and Dorian are all very real and interesting, and the fact that Celaena does not rely on the men to save her and kicks butt for the sake of kicking butt is great. It's just that I was shipping her and Dorian, and now I feel that I can't do that anymore, and that she has to end up with Chaol. It's probably just because of my traditional beliefs (I apologize to anyone reading this who does not agree with me), but once a couple has done you-know-what, I believe that they need to stay together because that is the sort of thing that should only be done between a husband and wife. Again, you don't have to agree with me, I'm just putting in my two cents. Asides from that, however, I have no complaints about this book and plan on reading the rest of the series.

lgmosher Jan 10, 2020

I tried... I truly tried but there is only one word for this book.

POINTLESS.

The entire time she's supposed to do one thing and can't even do it.... YOU HAD ONE JOB.

Reading it was a waste of time. I mean if you like self absorbed women and irrational actions then sure read it continue on in the series. But I am more than convinced that Mass has no idea where her series is headed and that she just writes to write things.

She will have set parameters and then just throw them out the window and make things happen!

Ugggghhhhhh.

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kcunha
Nov 02, 2019

In my opinion, it is the best book of the series that I read until now (I'm comparing it with two first). It gave me a lot of feelings together with the main character. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Bregosgirl
Oct 28, 2019

I enjoyed this book a lot. Heads up though as I continued on through the series it became more and more grown up. Just to give an example the characters that started out as friends become very friendly friends.
Enjoy the book
-Lindsey

sjpl_rebekah Sep 19, 2019

Sarah J. Maas is a truly an exceptional storyteller. These days it seems most fantasy series are trilogies, but she manages to drag her stories into long sagas without becoming boring. Her characters are engaging, her twists surprising, and her plot layering is superb. The only reason this is not a 5 star book for me is because it reads very much like a second book in a trilogy (i.e. setting the stage for a final installment), at least at the beginning. I have noticed this is a common trend in Maas’ writing. She starts out slow and then hits you with a lot in the last 25% of the book. Her ability to write strong endings is what keeps her readers chomping at the bit for more. I am really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Heir of Fire.

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Brit_O_Dubhagain
Jul 22, 2019

An amazing read. the character development was outstanding. Also the major cliff-hanger at the end was amazing i did not see that coming.
Can't wait for #3.

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susan_findlay
Apr 21, 2019

Finals happened halfway through my time with this book. So, all things considered, it held up pretty well. I enjoyed the part I read before finals, and I enjoyed the part I read after finals.

It is clearly setting up for a saga, and the author was willing to make some unhappy choices in order to set up key plot developments.

I plan to continue with the series.

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kmobuckeye
Feb 21, 2019

Better than the first in the series

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KBibaeff3
Jan 23, 2019

This one has you on a rollercoaster of emotions! Love all the unexpected twist and turns. Of course you’re left with the biggest cliff hanger possible at the end. Bring on #3!!

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summerforever
Nov 17, 2018

So much better than the first book. I was confused at the name for part two, which is The Queen's Arrow. But now I know. And the character relationships have grown much more complex, more than I thought Maas could have achieved. Indeed, she has listened to her readers and expanded her universe. Here are some quotes where she shows her skills (Spoilers!):
"Silently, she began to recite the names of her dead. And as the overseer raised his whip, she added her name to the end of that list and swung her ax into his gut."
So Rena Goldsmith died, and she was reciting the names of dead people right before she died. In this quote, it occurred in the chapter which was in the perspective of a miner. I thought that was pretty damn cool. We don't see a chapter in the miner's perspective again, but I liked it.

"The loss she felt, the stillness with which she watched him--it was all his fault. If the punishment for that was losing her, then he'd endure it." This was a good choice. I liked that Chaol walked away. Maas wrote Chaol very well in this book. Based on how the romance went in Throne of Glass, I lowkey expected Chaol to keep pursuing Celaena after Nehemia died, like the typical male love interest move. But he gave her some space, which is good. I think I'm a little against Cel and Chaol because I liked Celaena with Dorian better. Anyways, cheers to Maas for making Chaol a character who I could kind of appreciate.

"A missing person was better than a decapitated corpse. Celaena raised her eyes to the large oven grate." Yes. I am loving her assassin thoughts. She's so ruthless, so different from Cel in ToG.

"She brought her mouth to his ear, holding him upright with one hand and twisting the dagger with the other as she whispered, "But Nehemia was.""
Dude. Archer deserved to die. And those last words to end off this chapter and kill Archer off--as I was reading, I was like damn girl.

"But he could do this for her. Even if he never saw her again, even if she abandoned her duties as King's Champion and stayed with the Fae in Wendlyn forever--as long as he knew that she was safe, that no one could hurt her...He'd sell his soul again and again for that." Okay, I like that Chaol once again is giving her the space she needs. And yeah, they had so much love for each other. At this point, they love each other but aren't in love with each other. And having that friendly connection is something that I like to see, because I know in the next book Celaena (who I should now call Aelin) will have a new love interest. A new man to love and trust. The stuff between Chaol and Aelin is sad, but Chaol just has to move on. He doesn't have to forget her, but he has to move on with his love life.

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Chloe_2006
Dec 01, 2018

"I want chocolate cake!"
-Celaena Sardothien

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Sep 25, 2015

"If they wanted Adarlan's Assassin, they'd get her and wyrd help them when she arrived"
-Chaol Westfall, The Crown of Midnight

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