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...
©2013 Sarah J. Maas (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I have 3 kids that occupy all the TV's in the house...enough said...addicted to audiobook ....shhhh don't tell my husband ;-)
Celaena Sardothien is now the hated tyrant King's personal assassin. The King is sending Celaena out to kill anyone that may oppose his rule. As Celaena encounters people on the King's hit-list more information is revealed on how the King really gained his power. Celaena is faced with her past revealed and her future destiny, her relationship with the captain of the guard and the crown prince. This series is very well written and I alright pre-ordered the next book. Can't wait... this is a very credit worthy series!
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This installment brings drama, heartbreak, and game changing reveals as it ramps up the intensity. I loved the first book and am even more impressed with the sequel. How often can you say that?
In the first book, Throne of Glass, the world building is set up nicely and we get acquainted with the key players in the series. In the sequel Crown of Midnight, the author gets to have more fun with the characters and push some boundaries. The action, romance, and suspense build to higher levels of intensity. And excitingly, Celaena gets to strut her stuff as the assassin only hinted to in book one.
As the king’s champion/assassin, Celaena has to do his bidding, no questions asked, in order to earn her eventual freedom. She has some trusted allies in the kingdom including Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, Dorian, the crown prince, and Nehemia, a visiting Princess. This series has one of my favorite love triangles currently in YA, since I’m quite fond of both Chaol and Dorian. Depending on who your favorite is, you may be in for some pain as the romance takes a turn for the angst. (But there’s still more books in the series for the author to fix things, right?)
For me as a contemporary fan to rate a fantasy series 5-stars is pretty unusual. But man, I just eat these books up! Sarah J. Maas weaves a great story no matter what your preferred genre is. There are so many emotional highs and lows in this book that you know as a reader not to get too comfortable when things seem to be going too smoothly The plot moves in unexpected directions and effortlessly weaves magical elements into the story.
There is character development with all of the key players in this installment. Celaena is more confident, calculating and kick-ass when she needs to be, while also keeping her softer side. And there are new dimensions to explore in Chaol, Dorian and Nehemia in the sequel. There are so many surprises in this one that I just have to be vague about all the exciting developments in this one.
I again listened to the audiobook, performed by Elizabeth Evans. With all of the action in Crown of Midnight, Evans keeps up by reading with more intensity. She matches Celaena’s growth beat by beat and gets you good and wrapped up in the story. Evans makes all the characters sound unique and with their own personalities so there’s never any doubt as to who is speaking. She uses an appropriate tone for the romantic, action, and quiet scenes and reads with a brisk pace. This 12-hour audiobook just flew by and I was anxious to keep listening to it.
Be warned that this book ends with a big cliffhanger that will leave you clamoring for the sequel.
the book didn't seem to be fluff or dribble to make more money, but to continue the story and the allow the reader/listener to gain more insight into the characters.
it seemed like what took place in the book to the characters would have happened in they where real. Not a made up stuff to keep the story going.
Hmmm, I don't think they did.
touch my heart and your dead.
I read and loved Throne of Glass (first book in the series) and was really looking forward to the sequel. Now I'm 90% sure I won't continue on to book #3.
Here's my main problem: all the problems I remember from book #1 are back in book #2, but even STRONGER than they were before.
1. Celaena is a shallow main character.
2. Too many subplots.
3. Too many unexplained details.
4. Other main characters are insincere.
I guess I could sum up all these problems into one larger, global problem with the writing: Just because there's this really cool new fantasy world and a super badass heroine and other "cool" things in these books (princes! magic! monsters!) doesn't make me BELIEVE IN THEM. I need good writing for that. I need the author to give me characters who have more merit than the fact that I am told she is totally badass and cool. I need to see her being better than this, I need to connect with her.
And in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, connect with Celaena I did not. (Actually, connect with ANY of the characters I did not.)
An example of a book series that does this infinitely better is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Never once does she have to say outright that her characters are funny or brave or richly layered or very human despite their non-humanness; She makes us believe it first, and I feel like Crown of Midnight throws all the coolness at you before you actually believe in the coolness.
NOTE on the Audiobook: I thought the performance was just okay. The narrator has a very snarky reading style that wears on you after a while. Plus, since she read the entire novel in the same tone, it all became a bit... boring. Tedious. Blegh. Just listen to the sample before you buy and imagine that same tone the entire 15 hours or so!!
All in all, I'm very disappointed and wish I would've spent my credit on something else.
Really good story, fantastic narration. Kept me engrossed for a few days. Thoroughly recommended.
Can't wait for the next book.
Even though this book had a few holes and contradictions in the story (please don't hate me!) still is better than the first one. Full of action, adventure and.....yes...the romance ( which I don't buy all that much).
Anyway, it leave us with the hope of good or/and better sequels. The book is mostly well written and the characters (main and otherwise) are well drawn and likeable
I read this as an ebook and audiobook, the reading (narration) was also very good (the same as the first one, actually).
When the narrator whispers throughout the book you can't hear her so you turn up the volume then it blasts you when she goes back to normal voice. Very annoying. Story is okay but got too frustrated with the audio performance to continue.
Elizabeth Evans has moved her way to the top of my favorite narrators list. She has an amazing voice that she molds to fit the essence of Sarah J. Maas' characters perfectly. Beautifully done!
This series is the holy grail of stories!
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A kick ass assassin fae princess fighting against the forces of darkness while juggling the emotional turmoil of being at the center of a love triangle and struggling to keep her past a secret. My goodness, it's like I died and went to book lovers heaven! Thank you Sarah J. Maas! I can't wait to dive into the next book!
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
True to everyone’s word, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT really was the sequel that blew THRONE OF GLASS out of the water. Don’t get me wrong — I really did love THRONE OF GLASS — but Sarah J. Maas really stepped everything up a notch in this fantastic sequel and I was hooked from the first page!
Okay so… where do I start? Really everything about this book was quite amazing. One thing that really sticks out to me is how much more the relationships developed between all of the characters, really. I love the friendship that develops between Dorian and Celaena after where they leave things in book one. Dorian is actually one of my favorite characters. I love that in THRONE OF GLASS, there was a bit of tension between the two best friends — Dorian and Chaol — regarding Celaena, but it never really felt love triangle-y. CROWN OF MIDNIGHT could have easily carried the series straight through a love triangle, but I’m so thankful that instead, Dorian becomes more of a friend to Celaena. Yes, he does still have his jealous moments at times when things flare up between Chaol and Celaena (and do they EVER) but it was handled so well and everything felt really natural. The characters just have such authentic reactions and feelings — I really just loved how they all intertwined.
I really felt like the plot grew exponentially more complex as well. It was so great to have some really wonderful surprises! I felt like THRONE OF GLASS was a little predictable at times (though not in a bad way because I really enjoyed the book) but CROWN OF MIDNIGHT really kept me on my toes! There are a few really great twists and one REALLY BIG SHOCKING THING. Sarah J. Maas really kept the punches coming in this book, whoo boy.
It was really great to see some more fantastic world building as well. I felt like a lot of world building and setting the stage was done in the novellas (which I read even before THRONE OF GLASS), but THRONE OF GLASS dove more into the plot and characters than it did the world. I loved seeing more of the history behind each region, a few backstories pop up for some of the characters, and a real understanding of what exactly the magical system is and how it works since we received a basic understanding in book one. Each one of these things is so well described in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT and the depth of it all really allowed me to sink so much further into this series and let myself get lost.
This book was really just epic — there’s no better way to sum it up. The romance, the friendships, the character building, the world building — really everything just becomes so much more detailed and I really sank my teeth into CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. Oh my gosh, THE ENDING. From about halfway through until the end, the book just takes off — full of action, deceit, love, adventure, mysteries, loss — it’s just incredible and it left me reeling in anticipation of HEIR OF FIRE!
"Best book I've ever read / listened to"
Make sure you listen to the first book first. I thought this series couldn't get any better, I was wrong.
loved it. its a gripping story. dame I didn't download the book 4 must get now.
A great book with loads of lore, passion, hard decisions, and intriguing characters.
You won't regret reading/listening to this book!
"A Great continuation of the series"
I was confused at first as the previous book ended suddenly, I then realised that Crown Of Midnight is the second Part to that book and yes another Credit used..
Still it was worth it, the book is captivating and draws you in, I listen to these books during my commute to and from work and toughly enjoyed every minute,, just downloaded book 3 (hopefully its complete), and now cannot wait to start on the next instalment..
Worthy continuum of the first book as it shows that the author has kept enough secrets to keep amazing you all over the second book and even end it in a way that you are not able to doubt that you NEED to listen to the next one.
Amazing book! Loved it! And the narrator too - fits amazing! I'm always amazed at how great she can make the voice of Chaol (very distinctive and mannish).
A truely captivating and addictive read, brilliantly read. cannot wait to begin the third book
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