Published August 27th 2013
KILL ME NOW
That was awesome
I am dead x_x
(Goodreads synopsis possible series spoilers):
“ ‘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.”
What I Liked
Oh my Wyrd … I love this book so much right now!
Can we please start by pointing out what a HUGE hypocrite I am!?!?!?
I am LITERALLY the worst!
I spent the last few years talking sh*t about Throne of Glass and how much I just didn’t like Sarah J. Maas’ writing and here I stand cloaked in my shame to kiss the ground she walks on! I have been converted!
So now that that’s out of the way … let’s talk about how amazing this book is!
I have to start with a HUGE shout out to the incredible depth Maas has been able to build! This story is so beautiful and intricately woven unlike almost anything I have ever read in the YA genre before. It reads so close to an epic fantasy in the way things are foreshadowed, and suggested, and revealed. I am constantly either discovering answers to questions or finding questions I am excited to later find answers to.
Along this magical journey of discovery, we also get to board the train to emotion-land and see how all of the characters are affected by their individual circumstances. This is by far my favorite part of the whole story! I love the subject of psychology and there are so many mental and emotional struggles that take place in this book and lend incredible growth to these characters.
“It was like coming home or being born or suddenly finding an entire half of herself that had been missing.”
Celaena, Nehemiah, Dorian, CHAOL
How about the phenomenal character development in this book!!
Maas did a decent job of laying down the groundwork for her characters in Throne of Glass but she blows it out of the water with Crown of Midnight. The depth that we see to these characters is incredible! Each of them has a story to tell, an emotional journey to take, relationships to struggle with… it’s a beautiful emotional mess and I LOVE it! Not only are the character well formed in their own right, but the relationships between characters feel genuine and emotional. Seriously, these characters couldn’t feel more real to me if they were sitting right beside me.
Plus…. We finally get to see a very kickass side to Celaena… you know, the one we kept hearing about on repeat in Throne of Glass…. Well … we found it!
“If they wanted Adarlan’s Assassin, they’d get her.
And Wyrd help them when she arrived.”
We also get to see a little more world building in this book. We start to gain a greater understanding of countries, cultures and lands beyond, and how they affect each other. We have a front row seat to several political and social issues which I feel will be the basis for a wide scale rebellion in the future? (Speculating only here)
Basically the world of Throne of Glass becomes a much larger and detailed and magical place and I am so happy to be experiencing it!
I really cannot get over how wonderful this book was, especially after feeling like Throne of Glass was lackluster at best.
Anyone struggling with book one and wondering if you should try this book? DO IT … seriously! Love yourself and read this book!