Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
“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.
To know that Celaena is an assassin is one thing but to actually see how she does it is another. My oh my, she’s ruthless, cold and deadly. While the first book was a glimpse of Celaena’s skills and personality, this one is a total smash! It has taken me to a rollercoaster ride of emotions- from the warm and comfortable feeling of having Chaol as her friend, to the blissful feeling of falling in love with Chaol, to the blinding grief and anger due to Nehemia’s death and Chaol’s “betrayal”, to the gratifying, nerve-racking, COLD COLD revenge, down to the shocking revelation about Celaena’s family and history. And of course, the blood pumping action and badassery. Gahhhh!!! How I managed to live through all that is beyond me. Many things that happened in this book had drastically taken the flow of the story to an unexpected twist and I was rather stunned with the ending.
My favorite parts of the book:
- Chaol and Celaena- OMG! I truly shipped for Chaol this time. They started as very good friends and they feel content and genuinely happy together. I absolutely hate how their story has ended in this book. To be honest, I think Celaena OVERREACTED to Chaol’s participation in Nehemia’s death. It is not enough reason for Celaena to hate Chaol so much that she almost killed him. It was an honest mistake, a misunderstanding. And somehow, that being the reason why they broke up doesn’t feel genuine. Like Maas only want some reason to take out Chaol out of the equation.
- Dorian and Celaena’s fight with the “thing” in the library. Dorian played very little part on this book. Things have changed between the three. And I feel sad how distant he seemed from Chaol and Celaena. I loved their friendship during the first book, reminds me of Harry, Ron and Hermione. 😦
- When Celaena saved Chaol from the rebels, my God it was pure awesomeness! I was BLOWN…
- Celaena extracting revenge for Nehemia’s death. The hunt for Grave, the torture, presenting Grave’s head to the king, and finally gutting Archer. I was holding my breath during these parts, I wasn’t even sure how I stayed alive. Uggghhh… I couldn’t get enough of Celaena’s cold-blooded streak. More assassination, please!!!
- Celaena, Dorian and Chaol fought against the monster in the secret passage. This was the only time I felt their friendship rekindling, or maybe not. Because even though they fought hand-in-hand, their trust in each other was challenged from the secrets that were revealed. Like Dorian’s power, and Celaena being a FAE and her being the lost QUEEN of Terrasen- Aelin Ashryver Galathynius. Uh-hmn, that’s right. I think nothing will ever surprise me at this point. I only hate that Chaol has faltered and even feared her after these revelations and seeing her kill Archer. I really had a bad feeling where Chaol’s ship is going.