Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary from GoodReads
"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.
You think that with the second book of any series we will have a 'belly' on the plot or something really stupid will happen.
Well, you are wrong!
In the second book we have, what I like to call, a 'cleaning'; cleaning on the relationships between the characters and of course a vast cleaning on the secrets. Celaena and Chaol, Damina and Nehemia each one of them become too threaded together until the ending of the book.
There are few new characters in here and many tears BUT the plot continues and my hatred for the King grows with every word I type for you.
But let's take the nice parts.
Celaena and Chaol: the best ones ever! Even after everything that happens in the book, he still will do everything for her. Even if she had her own dark secrets.
Damian: I didn't expect the turn on the plot. Usually the heroine would go for the royal one, but he instead takes another turn on the plot but remains supportive with Cealaena even after he learns that he has powers.
Nehemia: I like the girl but that was SO WRONG! I am not going to spoil you since I like to let you read the book and understand *evil laugh*
Overall, we have the same strong worldbuilding, amazing writing of Sarah and the wicked skills of a damn good heroine!
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About the author:
Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Heir of Fire, Book 3, will be out in September 2014). Starting in Spring 2015, her New Adult Fantasy series, A Court of Thorns and Roses, will be published by Bloomsbury as well.
Sarah lives in Southern California, 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 coffee, and watches absolutely rubbish TV shows. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the California coastline with her husband.