Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But does she have the heart of a killer?

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely ...
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Overview

She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But does she have the heart of a killer?

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn't the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she's made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple...
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Editorial Reviews

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"Vivid Celaena, loving and brutally violent in turn, is a fully realized heroine. The ending comes at the right time—at the close of one storyline and prologue of another—to leave readers impatient for the next installment." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Readers seeking the political intrigue of Kristen Cashore's Graceling and its sequels or the deadly competition at the heart of The Hunger Games will find both in Maas's strong debut novel. . . . The verve and freshness of the narration make for a thrilling read." —Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Throne of Glass

"This commingling of comedy, brutality and fantasy evokes a rich alternate universe with a spitfire young woman as its brightest star." —Kirkus Reviews, on Throne of Glass

Kirkus Reviews
After being named the King's Champion in Throne of Glass (2012), Celaena Sardothien serves as the king of Adarlan's personal assassin--at least, she pretends to--in a densely plotted sequel. If the king catches Celaena disobeying his orders, he will execute her closest friends. However, she can't stomach advancing his agenda, especially if it means murdering innocents in cold blood. When the king uncovers traitors in the city, the first name on his hit list is Archer Finn, a popular courtesan and Celaena's old friend. Plotting Archer's escape, Celaena takes the opportunity to make him her personal informant about the rebellion, which Celaena hopes will help her infer the king's plans--plans she is thoroughly conflicted about challenging, for as much as she hates the king, she thinks opposing him would only get her killed. Secrets damage her nuanced relationships with Chaol and Nehemia. (The complex friendship between these two formidable women is a particular treasure.) Meanwhile, Celaena unravels the mystery of Adarlan's sudden strength, a magical subplot that intersects with Dorian's dangerous self-exploration. Vivid Celaena, loving and brutally violent in turn, is a fully realized heroine. The ending comes at the right time--at the close of one storyline and prologue of another--to leave readers impatient for the next installment. An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave. (Fantasy. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781619630635
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/27/2013
  • Series: Throne of Glass Series, #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,448
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Sarah J. Maas
SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Times bestselling author of Crown of Midnight, the sequel to Throne of Glass. Sarah, a New York native, currently lives in the California desert. Visit her online at www.sarahjmaas.com
Facebook: facebook.com/throneofglass
Twitter: @SJMaas
Throne of Glass was Sarah J. Maas's first full-length novel to be published, though she already had a large online fan base, many of whom discovered this fantasy world in its first incarnation on www.fictionpress.com, written when Sarah was just sixteen. Throne of Glass was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Teen Book of the Year and has sold in thirteen languages. Sarah lives in Southern California, USA.

You can find out more about Sarah and Throne of Glass at www.sjmaas.livejournal.com.
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  • Posted August 30, 2013

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    Celaena Sardothian is back and more badass then ever in Crown of

    Celaena Sardothian is back and more badass then ever in Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. My favorite thing about this series is how the world engulfs you and doesn't let you up until the very end. And not even then, because Maas knows just what information to dangle in front of you, knowing you'll be drooling for more.




    For those of you who felt Throne of Glass could have used a bit more action, you'll be glad to hear that not only has the King's Champion finally got her assassin on, but also that the danger gets ratcheted up a notch too. And no one is safe.




    Now onto the boys! You want to know why I'm Team Chaol? Chocolate cake. Seriously. Any guy who brings you chocolate cake on the worst night of your life is worthy of some major swoonage. These two have their problems in Crown of Midnight, but even in the midst of a fight, you can still see how much they care about each other. The romance in this book is hot, but at the same time, absolutely heartbreaking for everyone involved.




    I won't lie, even though I'm solidly Team Chaol, Dorian is badass in this book. A lot of things change for him. I won't go into details, but I'll say this: By the end of the book, I was swaying towards Team Dorian, if not for Celaena, than at least for myself! Although, I really enjoyed reading the Celaena/Dorian scenes throughout Crown of Midnight, much more than I did in the first (which might be because the love triangle plot has been somewhat dissolved in this one). They make a really good team and it's fun to read about, even if you're worried for their lives most of the time.




    The only negative thing I can even think to say about Crown of Midnight is that, for most of the book—like, maybe the middle 50 percent—the characters are all keeping major secrets from each other. Now, I get why they kept some of those secrets, but for people who claim to love each other so much, they certainly don't seem to trust each other. At all. It seemed to me like the plot dragged a little because of all this secret keeping, especially around the middle. But that's not to say the story wasn't still an action packed page turner, because it was. But there were a few times when I felt the plot could have been rushed along a little.




    Crown of Midnight is one of those exceptional sequels that outshines the first book in nearly every way. Which is saying a lot since I loved Throne of Glass. If you had your problems with Throne of Glass, give this book a chance, I bet you'll love it. And if you haven't started this series yet, what are you waiting for? With a brilliantly thought out fantasy world with magic, fae, a thoroughly evil villain, and a heroine who is the perfect mix between strong and vulnerable, this is a series every fantasy lover needs to own. Not to mention the boys. Oh, the boys.

    20 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2013

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        Given it has been a bit from reading Throne of Glass, honest

        Given it has been a bit from reading Throne of Glass, honestly all I remember was that I loved it, Celaena was kick ass and I adored her, and there was a love triangle that I liked and I think I was rooting for the underdog. All my recollection from before I began, but it quickly came back to me. 
       Celaena is tough, smart and witty, and I admired her. She goes about everything in such a calculated manner, and she has this ability to see and treasure the good, and have no limits for injustice. I couldn't believe but thought it was exactly like her in the ways that she was defying the king. I knew that she was walking a very narrow road, but admired her all the same. I honestly had forgotten about the Elena theme from the last one, but it also emerged in this one, and I enjoyed that storyline as it challened Celaena even more. 
        I loved Chaol even more in this one. It is becoming apparent to even Dorian how much he cares for Celaena, and he can't stand it when she is off on the dangerous missions for the king. He wants to protect her and wishes that the line drawn by his position and hers wasn't there. But I lived for their stolen moments, of how steamy it can even be for him to just hold her. It is touching how he cares for her so much he just wants to throw caution to the wind, but I am glad that he is smart about it. 
        Dorian was present in this one, but thankfully wasn't really a factor into the triangle like in the first, but he is there as a friend to Celeana when she needs one the most. He stepped up in many ways, but still has a long way to grow as royalty. But he is harboring a secret in this one that I had no inkling would happen, but it means big things. 
        I will say that Sarah almost made me cry, and def shocked me at some of the turn of events that happened. There were so many twists in this one, things that I never saw coming, and that I am still even at the end, not sure exactly what the implications will be but I know that I can't wait to find out. The climax and ending left me breathless and wanting more from this beautifully written novel with so many layers. 
        




    Bottom Line: Layered and exciting 2nd book of a series with an awesome and dangerous female main character. 

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2013

    Amazing

    This is my first review ever and this book deserves a review. Anyway i wont spoil or tell you about the book, but i will say this is by far the best book i have ever read and i've read many good books. But this book will always be my favorite book in history. I loved the throne of glass, but the crown of midnight really touched my heart and it was very hard for me to put the book down let alone read it as slowly as possible. If you really want to enjoy a good book with action and love this is the book u really want to read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

    Crown of Midnight was spectacular. The first book, Throne of Gla

    Crown of Midnight was spectacular. The first book, Throne of Glass, was one of my all-time favorite books, but this managed to top it, easily. See my review of Throne of Glass here. When reading the reviews by bloggers before it came out, I didn't get what was SO great about this book, but having picked it up and read it, I can't disagree with them. Crown of Midnight is perfect in every way. It has amazing character development, a perfect plot arc, and a cliffhanger at the ending that has left me hungering for book three!




    The main character is Celeana Sardothian. She's an assassin in a mythical land known Erilea. As of the beginning of the book, Celeana works for the twisted and evil king of Adarlan. When I started book one, I knew something was special about Celeana. On page 85, I realized just how special she was. I had fantasies about Celeana that I was almost positive wouldn't happen, but oh, they happened. She's good at keeping secrets, even from herself. Celeana's past has always been a bit of a mystery, but this book sheds more light on the topic then ever before. The truth comes trickling out through secrets and lies. Romance is an important aspect of the book, but more often than not, I wasn't quite feeling the spark. In book one, there was a love triangle between Celeana, crown prince Dorian, and Chaol, Captain of the Guard. It's more or less solved in this book, but I keep wanting more. As readers know, previous to the series, Celeana had a boyfriend named Sam who was killed right before she was arrested. The ideal ending romantically for me, would be that Dorian and Chaol were put to the side and Sam was brought back from the dead. I honestly loved that boy, and his character feels too rich and deep just to kill off after four novellas. The characters don't end! There's also Princess Nehemia. She's Celeana's best friend and closest confident. She's a rebellious girl and hates the king for attacking her people. When the worst happens, and disrupts all of their lives, the characters still manage to heal and heal fast. Not once to they hold back, mess up, or go to slow. And by the end of the story, Celeana has realized what she is willing to fight for, her past, her family, her kingdom, herself.




    Sarah J. Maas was tasked with the responsibility of created an entire new world, full of possibilities and people. She does this amazingly, effortlessly weaving in side-plots and backstories for characters only mentioned or to come. Events occur that readers know will have repercussions and can't wait to see. Your characters pain is our gain, as they say. The book flows from one page or another until, before I know it, I've somehow already finished the book. I flew threw these pages, not once stopping for anything. The book is so amazing, words simply can't describe it. A world has been born, people, and as each person picks it up and discovers it, this world will grow more and more. I love this book and am super excited to meet Sarah herself this afternoon! I give this book five stars!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Better than the first book

    I love it when it all comes together in the end...and I love when I predictions come true. I enjoyed this installment a lot more than the first book. I hope this trend continues! I thought the author did a great job building the mystery of Celaena's heritage up and slowly revealing it piece by piece until it all comes out in the end. Poor Chaol.....he suffers so prettily. His love for Celaena is so strong it blinds him to anything else. His ability to think and see through the fog of his infatuation is his weakness...and when he think he is doing what is best....it end up hurting him and them in the end. And his loyalty to the current King and Dorian...just adds to his pain and conflict. I love Chaol and I'm rooting for him, and it is great to find a book where the secondary characters also draw you in. I also am excited to see Dorian come into his own and finally break out of his father's shadow.

    I loved the slow build of the main romance and the ambiguousness of not only Chaol and Celaena, but Dorian and her as well. In the end though I hope they all stop keeping secrets and just tell each other something! Lord...this is frustrating. There are so many divided loyalties and motive...that even people close as any two people can be...has a wall of secrets between them. It can be exciting and frustrating. I hope the next books....there is more communication. lol

    But overall this sequel answered lots of questions about the King's motives and who or what is involved in his plans, and I am sure there is more to come with him and his thirst for power. And while I enjoy the angst...I hope in the end....there is a happy ending. Especially for long suffering Chaol. lol. 4 1/2 starts really. Almost perfect.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2013

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    High fantasy is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. Surp

    High fantasy is quickly becoming one of my favorite genres. Surpassing all my expectations, I adore this book!

    Plot: This plot moves quickly yet it has so much to get into. From emotions ranging from happy to anger, fights that lead to the death and an ultimate betrayal that will make you gasp, this plot does not let up. There is no stopping once you read this book. All the sarcastic comments, fights, and love is forever etched into my mind like a movie that I want to rewind and watch again. I read this book driving up to the Houston Book Rave. My husband was driving and bored so he ask me what I was reading. I told him, describing scene by scene. Before we knew it, we had this back and forth thing going where I would read a few chapters then fill him in. At one point he was like, “Are you done yet? Tell me what happen!” And I’m like,”Dude! I’m reading as fast as I can!” And he’s all like,” Well hurry up! I want to know if she is going to kill the guy!” Then he asked me several times if it is a movie. I told him no. He made a sad face.

    Love: O.M.G. This part is another amazing areat of the book that I totally felt invested in. I think the full range of emotions that the author gives the reader makes it easy to feel invested. I knew the characters. Celaena is my type of gal. Kick-butt and strong, she doesn’t play around or take crap from anyone. She tells it how it is and her threats aren’t threats. There are promise that she will fulfill whatever she says. Watching this love form between Calaena and the guy is like watching a train wreck happen in slow motion. It starts off good, then goes faster and then the crash. Oh man, the crash. When I read that scene, I actually put my face in the book and said,” NOOOOOO!” I really hope that things can be fixed but Calaena is tough girl and doesn’t forgive easily. But just so you know, I”m anxious for the next book already.

    Ending: You think after reading soo many heavy revelations that the author will give an easy ending right? HECK NO! The ending not only ripped me to shreds but HOLY CRAPOLA!! That revelation stunned me like a statue. I’m pretty sure I re-read the last page several times just to make sure I read that scene correctly. The author did a beautiful job, connecting every piece of the puzzle slowly but at the right time. I NEED THE NEXT BOOK NOW PLEASE!

    Crown Of Midnight is an dashing story you don’t want to miss. A perfect fantasy that is easy to divulge in, Crown Of Midnight matures into a blooming story setting the bar high for the next book. Slick and action-packed, Crown Of Midnight is full of win!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 11, 2013

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    Absolutely amazing! I loved it. I thought it was interesting, co

    Absolutely amazing! I loved it. I thought it was interesting, compelling, intense, and heartbreaking at times. And finally they revealed what I'd suspected to be true since the first book! I am so pumped for the third book and to see what Celaena decides to do because of the events of this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    Throne of Glass was one of my favorite reads of 2012. It was one

    Throne of Glass was one of my favorite reads of 2012. It was one of those novels that you devour. So, I had great expectations for Crown of Midnight and the anticipation was enough to make me go stir crazy. To say the least, Crown of Midnight did not disappoint. I gobbled this novel up like there was no tomorrow.




    Everyone knows I like strong heroines and Celaena has become one of my all-time favorite heroines. She could kick your ass from ten ways to Sunday.  Celaena went through a complete transformation and retribution was imminent.  I would break my neck trying to cross the street if I saw her coming. Sarah gave me everything I could want in this book and more. The characters in this series are unforgettable and the action and mystery kept me on the edge of my seat.  I was glad to see a different side a Celaena.  I have to mention Dorian and Chaol. These men are loveable in their own way and I can’t wait to see where their paths will lead in the next book.




    There were surprises around every corner and some mind boggling revelations. This series is a must read. I would recommend it to anyone who will listen. If you haven’t started this series yet, now’s the time to jump aboard. With a well-crafted plot, unforgettable characters, and kickass action, you won’t be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2013

    Can't put down this series

    So happy to have discovered these books!!! It was recommended to me by an awesome bookseller and I can't thank her enough. This book did not disappoint after reading Throne of Glass and 2 of the novellas. I just wish nook sold all of the novellas. Please read this series if you are even mildly interested and definitely read Crown of Midnight if you liked the first book- it's worth it!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    I'm only half way through so far and I gotta say, so hard to put

    I'm only half way through so far and I gotta say, so hard to put this one down. I've been waiting for this book since the day I started reading Throne of Glass. Can't wait for the next one. This one is most definitely my new all time favorite! Thank you Sarah Maas for writing a wicked fantastic book. Hurry up and write the next one!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2013

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 2, 2013

    Great read and excellent continuation of the series. I love the

    Great read and excellent continuation of the series. I love the main characters and I can't wait to see what happens to them in the next book. 

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2013

    Awesome

    Omg i so loved this book it played with my emotions so much its full of action love twists and turns i could not stop reading!!!!!!!!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    Must read

    Read this book in 5 hours, it was that good. This is one of my fav series and i loved every minute reading this book. Fantastic job!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Just as amazing as the first

    Maas has done it again! An amazing book yet again, honestly so excited for ever is next

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2013

    Amazing!!!

    Finally a sequel that is better than the first! If you like action, intrigue, and heart- wrenching- edge-of-your-seat- intensity read this series. A must have for shelf!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Extraordinary!

    Sarah has created an amazing world that captivates readers from the beginning.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Hi

    This was such a good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Such a thrilling story

    Loved it

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

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    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Crown of Midnig

    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

    Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
    Book Two of the Throne of Glass series
    Publisher: Bloomsbury
    Publication Date: August 27, 2013
    Rating: 3 stars
    Source: eARC from NetGalley


    Summary (from Goodreads):

    An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.

    But her heart never wavers.

    After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

    Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. 

    Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?


    What I Liked:

    POSSIBLE THRONE OF GLASS SPOILERS! I'm going to keep this review as general as possible, for fear of spoiling anything. But, just to be safe, you should probably read Throne of Glass. Or read this review at your own risk. Though it will be general!

    This book picks up about where the first one leaves off. Celaena is know the King's champion, and she is sent to kill the king's enemies. Except, she doesn't want to kill anyone. So she finds ways to get around doing the king's bidding without raising his suspicion.

    But then the King order her to kill a man she knew in her past named Archer. While she is on the quest to find a way around killing Archer, she discovers new and terrifying things. The King is not the only person she should fear. There is something - or things - that he has, that he possesses, that endangers the lives of everyone.

    Basically, the first book was centered around the competition. This book is centered around Archer's demise. Celaena discovers more in the king's palace, as she goes exploring even more, past the ancient king's tomb. Secrets are made known. Promises are made. Lives are cost.

    The plot of this book is phenomenal. Ms. Maas doesn't just have this book centered around Archer's impending doom. There is also Celaena's exploration of the palace, her discovery of new things about the Fae and evil forces, and her romantic life.

    Ah, the romance. I was team Dorian in the first book. Now, I sort of hate Dorian, and totally am team Chaol. Go Chaol! Love you too! Things happen between Chaol and Celaena that pushes them together. But then, things happen that push them apart. I have no idea where the romance is going, but I genuinely like how Ms. Maas is treating the romance between her characters as if it weer a real romance. She jerks them around, but she makes the characters FEEL everything.

    However, the romance was the thing that I really hated in this book as well. See below.

    Overall, this book was great! There are SIX books in this series. Book one - the competition. Book Two - Archer's doom. Book Three - the Fae (not telling anymore than that!). 


    What I Did Not Like:

    The romance. I. HATED. IT.

    Of course, above, I said I loved the romance, and how Ms. Maas made everything real, but I hate what she did with the romance in this book. In this book, Dorian makes a choice to try and forget Celaena. Also, Celaena makes a choice with Chaol. HOWEVER, something happens that causes Celaena to basically go insane and try to kill Chaol, and run straight to Dorian. NOT romantically, but it totally could have gone the romantic way with Dorian and Celaena.

    Here's the thing. I WAS team Dorian in book one. I'm team Chaol in this book, and probably the rest of the series. I liked what Ms. Maas did in the first half of the book with the romance. But what she did in the second half? Bulls***. I hate Celaena. I loathe her, even. She abandons Chaol, and runs straight to Dorian, under the pretense of needing a friend. BULLS***.

    Celaena is so ridiculous and I absolutely hate her. She's redeemed a tiny bit in my eyes because of the end, and what she says (even though the end is not all a resolution between Chaol and Celaena). Celaena kept her duty from Chaol; why is it any different if he keeps his duty from her? And then she goes insane when The Big Thing happens. I really don't believe her reaction AT ALL. Again. BULL. S***.

    Here's another thing: she's so "bada**", but she kills NO ONE, and she whines and moans A LOT. I'm not seeing what's so "bada**" about an "assassin" that doesn't assassinate anyone! I sort of understand the moral question, but how can she have any morals whatsoever, when she's proudly named Ardalan's Assassin (or whatever)? Doesn't make sense to me. Actually, that makes me really angry. You can't have it both ways, Celaena.

    I hate her. A lot. 


    Would I Recommend It:

    Sort of. I know I just went on a bit of a rant with the last section, but there's no need to stop reading this series! At least, that's what I'm telling myself. I hated the romance, and I hated Celaena. BUT. The plot, the story of this book? Awesome. I loved Throne of Glass way more, but I think most people will enjoy this sequel.

    I'll probably read the rest of this series (there are SIX books!), but we'll see.


    Rating:

    3 stars. Not perfect, and no where near the quality of Throne of Glass (in my opinion!), but a pretty great sequel nonetheless!

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