Book Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas

Thursday, 8th June 2017

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Book Title: Crown of Midnight

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Publishers: Bloomsbury

Date of Publication: August 15th, 2013

Ratings: 4.5/5 (Goodreads), 4.8/5 (Barnes & Noble) & 4.5/5 (Book Depository)

ISBN: 978-1-4088-3494

Link for purchase: Book Depository

 

“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.

 

Celaena has become the King’s champion and has been tasked with killing those who stand in his way. Failing to do so would result in losing those who mean the most to her, but what are the consequences of following his orders? What does a long dead Queen want her to do? Why Celaena? Celaena must come to terms with who she is and accept what she must do, but can she?

 

What did I like?

I really like the way Sarah J Mass writes, how the plot unfolds and the way every last detail fits into the story. Questions are asked, eventually answered but more questions arise, but it’s not so complex that it can’t be followed. The plot progresses smoothly and doesn’t feel forced. Looking back on what I just read, it’s so clear that everything that happens is leading to the end – probably sounds stupid – but it’s as if it could never end any other way once everything in the story is considered – every line, every word seems to be pointing you, the reader, to that ending of the book – but also the series. It’s like following a string to it’s inevitable end. Side note: not gonna spoil the ending of the book but it was… pretty good. I expected this connection to be made, but none-the-less – it was interesting to watch it unfold as it did. Also, leaves me wondering where Chaol’s loyalties lie, or if he even knows himself.

 

What didn’t I like?

No book is flawless and I honestly found this love triangle grew very frustrating, very quickly. While I like the characters in the story, I don’t like a lot of their behaviors and a lot of Dorian’s and Chaol’s thoughts and feelings around the others mutual love for Celeana were petty. I can’t help compare them to Jem and Will from The Infernal Devices (honestly I thought the love triangle in that series was better executed) and maybe that’s where my problem lies – me wanting them to be more like Jem and Will, call me Captain Obvious, but their not. I try not to make that comparison, I really try! While their is increasing tension between the pair of friends, they whine a lot to themselves, in a tone that may suggest they feel they have some definite claim on Celaena as theirs and only theirs.

 

Would I recommend?

I’d highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels. It’s well worth the time spent reading it!

 

My personal rating: 4.5/5

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!

Release Day!!!

Tuesday, 23rd of May 2017

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Today, Lord of Shadows (Cassandra Clare) has been released! I’m super excited to get my hands of a copy of the book and to sink my teeth into the series (I’ve yet to read Lady Midnight). If you’re interested in purchasing a copy (if you’ve not done so already) Book Depository have it in stock, just click here. I’ve just ordered a copy of the book.

 

  1. Lady Midnight – here
  2. The Infernal Devices – here
  3. The Mortal Instruments – here
  4. Magisterium – here

 

Enough of the shameless linking, I am super excited to get back into reading Cassandra Clare’s work. She is quite possibly definitely my favorite writer… ever and I think she sparked my interest in stories and reading and I want to share that with you.

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern

Book Depository

12th of May 2017

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I’ve recently become an affiliate with Book Depository. Book Depository is an online store where one can buy books… So call me Captain Obvious! Anyway, I use this site quite regularly. They’ve a huge selection of books to buy from, I find their prices are lower than in a bookshop, delivery (to most places is free) and they send you a free book mark. (How’s my awesome salesmanship going?) I, often, buy books in relative bulk and it’s my go to place for such a purchase. If you want to check out this online store, click here. I have a feeling you won’t regret it.

 

I want to make one thing clear – I wouldn’t make a decision and discuss it as such if I didn’t really believe it. I felt as someone who is a Book Depository customer normally, this could be a good opportunity to pass on this information to you and if you choose to browse the site and/or buy anything let me know what you bought. I shall be back later with a post about my escapades at Fota Wildlife Park later on, just felt this update/information was worth providing now.

 

Until next time, warm hugs

Morgenstern!