Crown of Midnight? More like Crown of the Super Awesome Badass Assassin who is bloody awesome. But that probably wouldn’t fit on the cover.
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?
Just finished reading Crown of Midnight and all I can say is wow. It might have a slow beginning but when it gets to the main mystery, it definitely picks up. Seriously, I could barely put it down in the last half.
So here’s the first part of why I loved the book: the characters. Celaena is just as awesome as she was in Throne of Glass, being all noble and badass. There were bits when I was just like “Yeah! You go, girl!” However there were also bits where I was like “Um, why so annoying?”. This was around the middle where she was acting all romantic about Chaol and I just couldn’t stand her being so different from he usual attitude and opinions. Other than that, I loved her as the MC. Then the other characters – Chaol, Dorian and Nehemia. They also had interesting storylines that I wondered about constantly. Suprisingly, I also started to like the evil King of the story because he was really cunning and his plans were just amazing.
The book was kind of confusing, due to the multiple third person POVs. I find this POV style to not do much for the story and just confuse the reader and that’s why I prefer first person POVs. The book did a good job connecting the POVs but I felt that there was one narrator too many, like a whole bunch of voices were trying to cram inside my head. There was also a slave girl’s POV that I felt was unnecessary and just added to the cramming.
The story wasn’t as good as Throne of Glass’ in my opinion. The first half didn’t really have much story progression and that’s why I left it for a while. But ,the rest of the story was really interesting, after Celaena uncovers the clues for the main mystery and the story picks up more. I especially liked the recurring theme of tapestries hiding secret doors. I don’t know why, but I just love the idea of hidden meanings.
So overall, slow beginning but really picked up at the end with the fight scenes. If you loved Throne of Glass, this book is a definite must read.
Rating: 4/5 bamboo sticks
Big shoutout to Netgalley and Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) for the eARC!