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!
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.
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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.
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).
The whole series is intriguing and captivating. I don't normally waste my time with novellas but the novellas that pertain to this series are excellent and actually develop and enrich the storyline of the series.
You finally get to the heart of who Celaena actually is. All the heart, anger, destructive power, and future potential. Not to mention a giant step up in the character development of Chaol and Dorian. Then add a much better plot, and the promise of more to come. Plus the great narration by Elizabeth Evans and a proper ending making you wish for more. A great book, highly recommend it.
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.
This was a great follow up to book 1 but one thing has been SO annoying about the characters... their stupid pride! They put on these tough guy acts, while inside they are hurting or loving or whatever, but nobody is ever honest about who they are or how they feel. I know that makes for a good story sometimes but to have all the characters acting that way all the time makes me want to constantly slap them. Let your guards down already, geez!
Anyway, now that I have that out of the way, I can say that I did actually enjoy this book a lot. I liked the new magical elements that are being opened up and I like where the story is headed. Looking forward to book 3!
I am awesome.
The story arc through the entire book kept me captivated. Answers, answers, more questions....
The fight scene at the top of the clock tower, that ends in the library was my favorite. I enjoyed Celaena bonding with Dorian.
Excellent dramatic pitch changes that reveal exactly how the characters are feeling.
The final goodbye between Dorian/Celaena and Westfall/Celaena was quite moving, and then it moved me AGAIN at the very end in a totally different way.
Can't wait for the next book in the series that comes out in March 2014. Woo!
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