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Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass) Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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"Vivid Celaena, loving and brutally violent in turn, is a fully realized heroine. The ending comes at the right time--at the close of one storyline and prologue of another--to leave readers impatient for the next installment." --"Kirkus Reviews," starred review
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Top Customer Reviews
I am in love with Chaol; everyone needs to know this. After finishing Crown of Midnight he has moved up to probably my third favorite fictional character of all time. He's just so . . . perfect. He's strong, intelligent, loving, caring, passionate, loyal . . . I mean, I could keep going on but I don't want to bore you. He is everything you could ever want in a person, whether it'd be a lover, friend or someone who works for you. He is what we all want in our lives. Not to mention that I believe is the perfect fit for Celaena. I'm not being biased here, I swear but he brings out the best in her and when there are scenes of them together, it's just right. Dorian is good looking, charming and the Crown Prince but so what? He's a great guy but he has never had Celaena look at him the way she looks at Captain Westfall.
Now that I got my obsession with Chaol out of the way (for now), let's move on to the rest of the characters and stories. I have a major girl crush on Celaena and I have since the first book but wow, she is fierce. I'm totally crushing on her. She is definitely one of my favorite fictional female characters; ever. She is thrown in the middle of this whole Dorian and Chaol love triangle (though it's pretty clear where her feelings stand) and she cares for both of these guys, whole heartedly but in different ways. She wants to do nothing more than protect them but sometimes it's impossible.Read more ›
The first 80% of this book was a two star. I was so disappointed. And then, the last 75 pages or so was a five star. What? Yes. I've ended this book feeling both disappointed and hopeful.
The thing about labeling your main (female) character an assassin... it's not a title that you just use to make them seem hard or badass. First the physical, an assassin should have razor sharp senses and reflexes, a strong ability and desire to blend in, be anonymous. They should be cool, calm, deadly focused. If emotions take over the drive, that's when mistakes are made. An assassin needs to be all of these things, or else they would likely be killed from a botched attempt before they earned the title. I would suspect that an accomplished assassin would have learned to be very suspicious, frequently on edge, after seeing what they saw. They would be extremely guarded emotionally.
Celaena was everything an assassin is NOT. I couldn't even believe it.
Let's start with Davis' office. She seriously waltzed into that situation, where she intended to be sneaking and spying, very conspicuously dressed in movement-impeding clothes. Why not have something on underneath and shed the dress when needed? I would think her mind would be working on exit strategies first and foremost in every situation she finds herself in.
Moving on to Chaol, who is quickly built up as the most important person in Celaena's life, ever. He is everything. Then, all of a sudden, he is not. Nehemia is everything, and because he didn't tell her that he'd heard of a threat to Nehemia and that the King planned to question her, now Chaol is the enemy. What? This doesn't even make any sense. I thought Chaol was your everything?Read more ›
"Who knows what games these people play, and what ends they have in mind?"
If you read Throne of Glass, and thought that it was full of suspense, action and romance... you have no idea about those things until you have read this. I was captivated from the first word to the very last, and when it was over I found myself just sat there staring at my Kindle. The ending is mind blowing. I kid you not. I was an emotional wreck.
There are so many revelations that are made. Some bad, some good and some completely awesome. As each shocking twist and turn comes at you, all you can do is hold on for the ride and enjoy every single minute of it. I can't even begin to understand how this world and story are simply swimming around in Sarah J. Maas' head. In my opinion the writing is flawless. It can get confusing with fantasy novels, as there tend to be an abundance of characters, locations and words that you may not be pronouncing correctly. But I never feel that when reading this series. Everything is thought out, and presented perfectly.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I started reading this series when I ran out of other books to read and I'm SO GLAD I did! With the first book this quickly became one of my all time favorites. Read morePublished 11 hours ago by Alexciz
I continue to be terrifically impressed with this incredibly good series. I have book 4 next and don't want to start it because I don't want to leave these characters, and the last... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Anna Priscilla
Started with Throne of Glass (ToG), now I've just finished reading this. I'm addicted to this series now! Read morePublished 1 day ago by Mr. H
Just like the first book of the series, Crown of Midnight was a great read and something I plan to read again in the future. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Cinder89
What a talented storyteller!!! I can't put her books down. Now I have to read all of them. They should come with a warning label. "Extremely habit forming" six starsPublished 3 days ago by Alexis W
Really liked the book, like the characters, will be interesting to see what happens next. can't wait to read the next one.Published 3 days ago by M. Gallegos