Two sisters' reviews of young adult and middle grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
This book blew me away… Crown of Midnight made me laugh and cry at the same time, hug myself and gasp out loud in a really quiet library.
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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?
This book blew me away. After reading Throne of Glass, which centers around the competition to become the King’s Champion, I was worried that Crown of Midnight would seem lacking. However, the plot still made sense and the book was even better!
First of all, one of the few things I really disliked about Throne of Glass was the author’s writing style, but Sarah J. Mass has greatly improved from the first book to the second. The beginning is engaging, exciting to follow, romance is a focus (with Chaol this time), there is more magic and terrifying monsters, and many, many mysteries. The ending wraps up well, and gives a good set up for the following book, similar to the ending of Throne of Glass.
Crown of Midnight made me laugh and cry at the same time, hug myself, and gasp loudly in a really quiet library. This book is a must read for any assassin, fantasy, romance, young adult, or book lover in general. I just can’t praise it enough.