Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Also in this series: Throne of Glass, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows
Released by Bloomsbury on 15 August 2013
Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan's deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies' blood - but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.
Torn between her two protectors - a captain and a prince - and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom.
After finishing Throne of Glass, I knew I had to get a copy of Crown of Midnight, the second book in the series. So I ordered as soon as I could, and started reading it not too long after it arrived. And wow, CoM completely blew me away. I loved it even more than I did ToG, which is why I gave it a star more.
I just loved this story so much, I kept on making weird noises while reading certain scenes and ended up hugging the book a lot of times after finishing a chapter. It felt as if I had fallen through the book and into Erilea, because I just got so into the story, that at some points I forgot to eat/drink/sleep. I wanted to know what was going to happen in the next chapter, and the next. Like with Ruin and Rising, I put down the book around the last couple of chapters for a bit, because I felt anxious and I didn’t want bad things to happen.
Celaena is really one of my favourite characters, and also one of the bamf-iest characters that I’ve read about. I haven’t read many stories about a female assassin, and even if I did, I can safely say that Celaena is my favourite of them all. She just made laugh at the right moments, made me feel sad at the right points, I just love her. And my other two favourite charaters, Nehemia and Chaol were amazing as well. I fell in love with them more and more throughout the story. View Spoiler »When Nehemia was killed I might have cried a bit and I prayed to the Gods that no one touched Chaol. « Hide Spoiler
“I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will always care what happens.”
There was also a new character, named Mort, who I just adored. He was a bit annoying at some points, but also very funny and he actaully reminded me a bit of a rude/annoying version of Olaf from Frozen. Of course, I liked Dorian as well, but seeing as I turned into a Chaol/Celaena shipper (which I will talk about in a bit), I found him a tiny bit annoying every time he thought about Celaena sometimes, because I wanted him to just be friends with her. I really liked their friendship. View Spoiler »When I found out he had magical powers, I wanted to protect him as much as I wanted to protect Chaol, so yeah I started to like him a bit more in this book. « Hide Spoiler
I’m not sure what I ‘shipped’ when I was reading the previous book, I think it was Celaena and Dorian, but everything was thrown away at the beginning of CoM because of Chaol. Chaol Chaol Chaol. I said in my review of Throne of Glass that I imagined him as a younger version of Richard Armitage, when he played Guy of Gisborne in the Robin Hood TV show (and not long after that, I said the same for the Darkling from Shadow and Bone, shh) and I kept imagining him the same way. Oh yes, I definitely ship Chaol and Celaena now. D e f i n i t e l y.
The writing was amazing again, and I found it a bit less predictable than the previous book. There were some minor things that I guessed before they were actually confirmed, but they weren’t really big things like in ToG when it was obvious who the champion killer was long before it was confirmed. I also still had a minor issue with the changing POV’s, but I was glad it mostly stayed to Celaena, Chaol and Dorian; with some small parts from the POV of other characters.
In the end, I loved Crown of Midnight to bits, and I have added both Heir of Fire and The Assassin’s Blade to my basket to purchase as soon as I’ve got money again. Because the ending left me really really sad and confused and u g h, yeah. Let’s pretend ‘ugh’ is an emotion.
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