(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on August 27th 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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...
Celaena Sardothien won the competition to become the King’s champion, and she slides through Adarlan killing the king’s selected enemies—or does she? Though she’s risking her freedom and Chaol Westfall’s life, she’s only been pretending to kill every person on the king’s list and bringing back bodies of the sick that have been thrown out in the streets. The next target on her list shares a part of her history and has answers to the rebellion rising in the kingdom. When Celaena’s world comes crashing down, she learns more about herself and the secrets hidden in the castle. A rebellion is rising, and she’ll have to decide which side—if any side—she’s on.
“Yes. More than anyone had ever loved her. He’d loved her enough to risk everything—or give up everything. He’d loved her so much that she still felt the echoes of it, even now.”
Oh. My. Word. This book had so many plot twists that I was practically bent over by the last page. These characters entrapped me, begging for my attention every single minute I would give them—which isn’t good when you have a billion assignments every week. Nonetheless, I gave in and would sneak in as many pages as possible in the dark hours of the night and easily escaped to Erilea.
“’…I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.’”
Chaol Westfall only got better in this book, and my heart only ripped more and more between him and the crown prince, Dorian Havilliard. Like I said in my review of Throne of Glass, I’ve joined the dark side—and oh, how scrumptious it is. Celaena and Chaol’s relationship went to a whole another level in this book, like levels that will have you squealing for delight and crying your eyes out at the same time at the thought of Dorian. However, I have decided that Sarah J. Maas thinks that happiness should only last for 100 pages or so, because bad things kept on happening.
“…after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realized she was home.”
One major event about half way through the book changed Celaena, and I got to see another side to the fierce character she had already become. Celaena had already faced monstrous decisions in her life, but almost nothing compared to the choices that she was faced with in this installment. Action, intrigue, and romance, this book raised the bar about five levels. Celaena was no longer killing because only her life depended on it, but she held Chaol’s and probably many unknowns in the palm of her hands by deciding that she was going to fake most of her kills.
“’And isn’t the journey more important than the end?’”
Instead of focusing solely only on Celaena, with a few POV changes thrown in, I got to learn a lot more about the two men in her life, Chaol and Dorian, and follow them around for a few chapters. Dorian definitely grew as a character. No longer was he the womanizing king-to-be that listened to whatever his daddy told him—he started shifting to a strong, independent man that could make his own decisions and looked out for his people. I learned a little about Chaol’s past in the first book, but it came to the glass castle in Crown of Midnight. Forced to make some difficult decisions, Chaol showed his weakness—Celaena—and his strengths—his ruthless desire to protect those that he held most dear.
“’Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.’”
Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a fantasy fanatic, this book will capture you in its magnificent clutches. If you haven’t got these books, or anything by Sarah J. Maas, sitting happily on one of your shelves, you’ll change your mind after a quick stop at the bookstore. Plus, there’s so many delicious and juicy secrets that are unveiled you’ll be itching for more, more, more of Erilea.