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Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, Book 2)
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
(Spoiler Free!)

“Enough! We have enough enemies as it is! There are worse things out there to face!”

Celaena slowly turned to him, her face splattered with blood and eyes blazing bright. “No, there aren’t,” she said. “Because I’m here now.”

I am so overwhelmed by this book! I don’t know if it’s because this is part of a series and not a trilogy, or if it’s just due to Maas’s wonderful storytelling, but Crown of Midnight doesn’t have even a single trace of Middle Book Syndrome. Even though the story achieves everything that a middle book must fight to achieve (world building, character building, and plot advancement without an actual finale), this doesn’t read like filler–it reads like an essential and exciting part of the journey.

Here are some of the aspects that I loved: getting to witness Celaena as an assassin, SO much more action than in Book 1 (TOG), the explosion of culture building, learning about Celaena’s backstory, getting to know Chaol (though I STILL have no idea how to pronounce his name), and more unveiling of the king’s evil plots. And when The Horrible Thing happened, it completely sucker punched me, even though I knew it was coming. I actually had to put the book down for a day before picking it up again and racing through the rest of the story.

The one element I could have done without was the romance-related anxiety of the characters, specifically when it was not part of the main plot. To be extra clear, I’m NOT talking about the main romantic developments of the story, just the side stuff! While this story somehow avoids having a blatant triangle, there are several moments of internally expressed jealousy and/or heartache on the side. There is so much amazing plot happening here (both romantic and otherwise) that I found those moments distracting. They pulled me out of the badass fantasy and made me sad for all of these characters that I love.

As it is, though, I don’t expect this to go away any time soon, so I’m trying to cope by sticking with the mantra from my review of TOG: I am team Celaena all the way! Regardless of any romantic ties Mass makes and breaks along the way, this is Celaena’s story, and I’m just going to keep rooting for her to come out on top!

As I’ve said, this is an excellent sequel, and many others have said they liked it even better than TOG. I love this series on the whole, and I can’t wait to pick up Heir of Fire to see where Celaena will go from here 😀

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Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas is a young adult fantasy novel that kicks off a series of the same name. Celaena Sardothien is the most accomplished assassin in Adarlan – she is even a household name. After having been caught and surviving a year in an unthinkably horrible death camp, Celaena is taken back to the capital city with Prince Dorian and Captain Westfall. With a chance to finally win her freedom, she must compete against other renegade “Champions” and prove that she is deserving of becoming the King’s most powerful weapon.

“You could be different,” Elena said quietly. “You could be great. Greater than me–than any of us.”

Celaena opened her mouth, but no words came out.

Elena took a step toward her. “You could rattle the stars,” she whispered. “You could do anything, if you only dared. And deep down, you know it, too. That’s what scares you most.”

I grew to love Celaena over the course of this story. There are times where she can be a bit whiny or vain, but she is an eighteen year old who never had time to just be young. Throughout everything she faced growing up, and everything she faces during the competition, she stays true to herself. Her freedom and her personal code of honor remain of the utmost importance.

Regarding Celaena’s badassery and her apparent reputation: You know how some novels tout the fighting prowess of a character but fall completely flat when it comes time to portray an actual fight scene? That didn’t happen here! When Celaena’s skills make an appearance, they impress (at least they impressed me), even in scenes where she is forced to downplay her abilities. Maas knew how much action to include to keep the story exciting and build Celaena up without overdoing it.

Celaena straightened her spine as she stepped into the ring. She quickly bowed to the king, then to her opponent.

She met Grave’s stare and smiled as she bent her knees, holding the staff in two hands.

You have no idea what you’re getting yourself into, little man.

I also loved the world that Maas created. She wove it into the plot lines seamlessly, and upon finishing the book, I’m dying to know more about Erilea. I especially want to know more about Nehemia and her country.

Love Triangle Warning! This series definitely has one, and it seems to be the kind with two excellent men, and a woman who obviously cares deeply for them both. Someone is bound to have their heart broken.

I’m usually very wary of love triangles. I hate agonizing over the third-wheel’s heartache and it always feels like unnecessary anguish. In Throne of Glass, however, I didn’t mind it so much. I think the difference was that this is not a story about a woman falling in love. It is about a woman fighting for her freedom, learning how, and whom to trust, and enjoying experiences she never thought she’d have again. For that, I am team Celaena all the way. We’ll see if the rest of the series brings on the anguish…

All in all, I am eager to pick up Crown of Midnight and continue the story. I wasn’t ready for this one to end and I’ve got to see where Maas is going to take things from here. I may or may not also be itching to find out if we see Mox again down the road…

See my review on Goodreads