Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas – “GOOD. TOO GOOD.”

Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas – “GOOD. TOO GOOD.”
Crown of Midnight
Throne of Glass #2
by Sarah J. Maas

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publication date: August 27, 2013
by Bloomsbury

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From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.

Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.

Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena's world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie...and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

In my younger years, I was a gamer. Like I would play all these awesome role-playing games from morning ’til night, only stopping to eat and sleep (yeah, I pretty much had little to no life, then. BUT ONLY WHEN IT WAS SUMMER TIME, OKAY?! No judging!), and I guess the occasional shower (shh!). During that phase, I played a few gems, notably the following:

 

You know why I mainly play these games? Because of the stories the characters go through. They start small and trivial, but later, after a few twists and turns, they turn into these grand, epic adventures that involve other realms and powers beyond their imagination and hidden histories that blow your mind away. It may have taken me around 60-100 hours (I did need to do all the sidequests, y’know?) from start to finish, but I swear, those awesome, adventurous feelings the plots give me, as if there were whole new worlds to uncover and explore, were worth every centimeter of eyebags I’ve accumulated then.

I rarely play games now. I’m still waiting for that kind of RPG that was popular then to come back with retribution in today’s more advanced gaming platforms. I don’t mind waiting, though, because for now, I have the Throne of Glass series to keep me accompanied. I just finished Crown of Midnight the other night, and man, the nostalgia is coming back to me in waves.

Rikku from FFX-2. Okay maybe Celaena doesn’t really look like her, but ugh, I wouldn’t mind envisioning the King’s Champion like this!

Whether or not this series of books has any JRPG influences, it doesn’t really matter – what I do know is that the storytelling and the plot of the second installment is in the league of the ones I’ve played over the years, and it is FABULOUS.

What I really loved about Crown of Midnight so much was the plot. Like, wow. Throne of Glass was a decent read, but it was more romance-centered, while this one had more plot, more character development, more revelations that would make you want to yell, “Shit’s about to go down!” The first book was only limited to the affairs of the castle, but the second installment introduced us to developments that go beyond its stone walls – past the kingdom, past the continent, to a forgotten time, to unknown worlds, and to formidable powers. You know that feeling when everything is just so grand and epic that it takes time to process it? And when the knowledge you discovered, awesome that it may be, was only the tip of the iceberg? Yeah. This kind of “knowing” feeling is reminiscent of my gaming days. After I closed the book, I pretty much laid down on my bed and stared at the ceiling for thirty minutes trying to let everything sink in.

IT IS THAT GOOD, FRIENDS. It’s just full of twists and turns that you don’t really see coming. Okay, Celaena’s true identity was something I kind of  predicted early on, but I didn’t mind it. I just had this grin on my face seeing everything play out so beautifully.

And Celaena? Man, she is so kick-ass here that I am legit worshipping her now. I loved how this installment finally showed us her skills as an assassin, while at the same time showing us that she isn’t exactly immune to weaknesses and vulnerabilities, either. Yes, she can be feral; yes, she can be deadly and merciless and dangerous; but she isn’t absolutely invincible. She will fail, she won’t always be one step ahead of the game, and every time she falls, she will wallow and mourn just like any other human, and then stand up again to do what needs to be done. It will be during her lowest points that we will witness her grow and see things in a broader perspective, and I love her for it. She makes the saying “we need to fail to see what is right” ring true.

Plus, did I mention how kick-ass she is? There are assassins who get wishy-washy with their targets and go, “Should I kill or not kill?” Celaena had her moments like this, but she had a legitimate reason for doing so, but when it comes down to it, when lines are truly crossed, she knows no mercy and you just can’t help but cheer.

And the relationship conflicts! You won’t see me complaining about the love triangle in this one, folks. It’s awesome how they have vital roles in Celaena’s journey, but they also have their own problems and issues to face that are equally daunting. They have their own secrets and internal conflicts, they make huge decisions, they also take big responsibilities, and in the end, it’s so interesting to see how these threads will overlap with Celaena’s and how their actions will affect her and her quest. They’re absolutely not shallow. They’re as complex as Celaena, in my opinion.

Overall


This was awesome. I CANNOT WAIT TO READ HEIR OF FIRE.

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Overall: 4.8
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Faye

A 21 years old Filipina who loves books, games, languages, and most especially, food. Secretly wishes to be an astronaut so she can explore the stars. Has a love-hate relationship with Philippine politics. To get in her good graces, offer her Foie Gras, Or shrimp. Or a JRPG. A YA sci-fi book works, too. You can follow her on twitter here: @kawaiileena

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  1. says

    Lol! I played WoW a few years ago and I can definitely agree with you on the parallels. I love how you grew to love and appreciate Celaena! The best kind of heroines are strong, kick-a, but with a vulnerable side as well. I want to read this one so hard and it’s winking at me from my shelf constantly, but I just can’t.. handle reading them I think until all the books are out since these stupid romances. I would love to read this since CHAOL WESTFALL and bad-assery in the form of a kick-a assassin. Great review, you!
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    • FayeFaye says

      Oooh, a WoW gamer! So glad to know another one. I enjoyed WoW for a while, but it was something that I see inferior to other MMORPGs. Haha. And yes, Celaena is bloody awesome. I mean, she wasn’t that cool with me in the first book, but in this installment she was absolutely impeccable. Sigh, Chaol Westfall… he’s my original ship but the book’s ending and HoF is making me nervous about him!!!

  2. says

    I AM SO GLAD YOU LIKE THIS SERIES BECAUSE I, TOO, AM ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED WITH IT. BASICALLY: JADFKLASDFA. But wait! I do have (semi) intelligent thoughts to say on it too! And I seriously loved the way you contrasted this with games. x) I never played computer games except, like, Sims (and we used all the cheat codes so not that much of a challenge haha) but I totally see the similarities! I just loooove this book. It’s better than ToG, but I still gave them both 5-stars. The only thing I was twitchy about was The Big Thing With Nehemia And How that Affected Chaol. Like…I didn’t really think Caleana’s reaction was really normal for her, you know?? Nehemia hadn’t been particularly nice to her for a while, saying some really crappy stuff. But then Celeana acted like she did and OMG FIX MY SHIP.
    I’m freakishly excited for HoF too. XD XD
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    • FayeFaye says

      YES, CAIT. I ABSOLUTELY KNOW YOUR OBSESSION WITH THIS SERIES AND I AM WITH YOU RIGHT THERE. I will sink with this shop to the ocean’s oblivion because it is just that crazy good. Haha. Sims work! I mean, I spent a decent portion of my life in it, especially those dating sims where there were some kissing done here and there LOLOLOLOL!

      And yeah, I thought her reaction to Chaol not telling her that felt too overkill for me. I mean, I may be biased though… I do love Chaol fiercely… aheeem!!

  3. says

    I’ve heard everyone raving about this, and I really want to get Crown but it’s a seven book series, you know? It could just fail horrendously. And thinking of buying it makes me want to sell off my ToG paperback and just get the whole series in hardcover. And all that prettiness could just backfire on me.

    And I didn’t really enjoy ToG at all. But the writing wasn’t bad, and I do want to see if the series improves. Dilemma llama.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Well, I won’t see it failing horrendously as you say as Maas has proven herself to be a stunning writer ;) She’s on the right track in making it into an epic series, plus, come on! The amount of raves and positive and fangirling being attributed to this series should convince you of its bloody awesomeness! Haha.

      It does improve a lot – not just in writing, but in characterization, plot twist, developments, etc. Even the LT is nicely done!

  4. says

    YESSSS I am so glad you loved this series Faye, I just loved it so much with all the character development and all round awesomeness in CoM! Just wait until you read The Assassin’s Blade, I have no idea how but it just keeps on getting better. I’m keen to hear what you think of Heir of Fire as well! YAY for games, I loved FF8. I want to cosplay as Rinoa someday hehe!
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    • FayeFaye says

      I am so glad too, Jeann. Given my lukewarm reaction to ToG, I wasn’t too keen on getting this one quickly. But I am regretting that now because, wow. This book was simply just too good. I’m in the middle of Assassin’s Blade right now! Sam is too adorable, but guuh. I know what will happen to him so I’m so hesitant to continue. I don’t want to experience THAT moment! AND YES, RINOA. She’s so beautiful, seriously. I like her elegant beauty. SEND ME A PIC IF YOU DO GO THROUGH WITH IT!

    • FayeFaye says

      Haha, that’s understandable, Maja! Sometimes I pause in awesome books too because I’m so afraid it would go downhill. That’s something I don’t want to happen AT ALL and the epicness actually frustrates me. Thankfully, you won’t see it here, I assure you!

    • FayeFaye says

      Yup, this one is infinitely better than ToG. Imagine – Khanh rated ToG 1 star, but she rated CoM a whooping 4 stars! that speaks volumes, me thinks! ;)

  5. says

    Crown of Midnight gave me quite a massive book hangover last year, and I’m mighty tempted to re-read it, but I’m scared of being left uncapable of reading for a week or so!!
    I loved how everything just became more in this book! Celaena is fantastic character and how love how complex she is, with her strenghts and flaws! Cannot wait for Heir of Fire!!
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    • FayeFaye says

      HAHAHA. I can definitely see how it would give you a book hangover. I read this one and found the ones I read after quite… insufficient, in terms of quality and epicness. Thank goodness I found Joseph Delaney – his horror MG series is keeping me entertained for the meantime! And yes, Celaena is truly a fantastic character to look out for. I can’t wait to see her mature even more!

  6. says

    I really liked this book as well, Faye. Crown of Midnight was definitely my favorite because of all the action and the twists! I definitely couldn’t foresee a lot of the events. I started Heir of Fire a few days ago and I had to abandon because my expectations were too high and there were too many POVs for me to handle. Also, it looks like my ship is over for good and I don’t think I can handle the heartbreak. I’ve decided to wait for all 6 books to come out to ensure that Celaena doesn’t wind up with someone else. It’s going to be a long wait, but I’d rather not become involved in a ship only to know that it’s not going to be end-game. I absolutely hate when that happens.
    Anyways, I’m glad you enjoyed this, Faye! :)
    Lovely review!
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    • FayeFaye says

      I’m glad to know we’re on the same boat, Nick! This book was so amazing, my mind was blown… I was actually having very low expectations considering my lukewarm reaction to Throne of Glass, but silly me! That was my naivety talking! Haha. Aw man, I think I’ve heard of this. I’m a HUGE Chaol shipper and when I found out about it, my heart sank a bit. BUT I HAVE HOPE. I TRULY, TRULY DO. *crosses fingers* *and toes*

  7. says

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this!!! This is one of my FAVORITE BOOKS. :) I agree with everything you said, the character development in this book was beautiful. Chaol and Dorian changed throughout just as Celaena did. The romance was adorable, and I’m so glad there’s an end to this love triangle. The ending shattered my heart. Seeing the rebellion and conspiracy grow was so exciting! This book had me grinning like an idiot until the end. I was just dumbstruck. I guessed who she was in the beginning, Maas made it pretty obvious, but seeing Chaol figure it out and watching it all play out was so cool! I’m reading Heir of Fire now. It’s a change of pace filled with new characters, more POVs, heartache, and amazing world-building. Stunning review, Faye!!
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    • FayeFaye says

      A lot of people have this one in their favorite shelves, and it is a place well-deserved. And yes, it truly was! I liked how it didn’t just focus on Celaena, the other two love interests had their own time to shine as well and I think theirs are just as important as hers. That ending! Ugh1 I don’t even want to think about it. I think she very much overreacted to Chaol, but seriously, how she’s treating him right now is DEFINITELY not okay and I’m just wishing it all goes well for my OTP in the future books :(

  8. says

    “I loved how this installment finally showed us her skills as an assassin, while at the same time showing us that she isn’t exactly immune to weaknesses and vulnerabilities, either.”

    YES FAYE!!!! That’s what I loved too! My biggest issue with Throne of Glass was the fact that she talked a big game about being the best assassin, but we didn’t get to see much of her in action. In this installment though, I saw how deserving of that healthy ego she was and I just couldn’t help but love her. So glad you’re as big a fangirl over this series as I am!!!!
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    • FayeFaye says

      Yes, I hated that about ToG as well. I mean, I enjoyed it, but it was just not as mind-blowing as CoM was. Haha. I’m glad we got to see her truly in action now ;) I loved her feral and her vulnerable sides. It makes her so much more relatable and worthy of respect at the same time.

  9. says

    I didn’t read your whole review because I have yet to read Throne of Glass but I just wanted to say you & I spent our summers pretty much the same way! I used to obsess over the FF series, especially IX and X! I bought XII about a year ago and have barely played it. :( But it’s nice to see someone else was spending their summers indoors like me! :)
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    • FayeFaye says

      Haha. Those were the good ole days. I console myself now by playing my favorites on a Ps2 emulator. Still as good as the first time!

  10. says

    YES YES YES!!! ALL OF THIS! Throne of Glass was GOOD, but CoM (and HoF :D) were GREAT AND PERFECT AND OMG-WORTHY.

    Celaena is probably my favorite character right now – for the exact reason you said. Once she decides she’s going to kill you – holy moly watch out buddy. But I still love that she likes fancy dresses and chocolate cake and fluffy beds. It makes her so human, and doesn’t weaken her in any way.

    Have you read The Assassin’s Blade? So much awesome assassinness in that one *heart eyes* Plus: Sam Cortland. All. The. Feels.

    [Also: I anxiously await your tweets RE: HoF ;)]
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    • FayeFaye says

      I SHARE WITH YOUR ENTHUSIASM, KAYLA. I TOTALLY SHARE IT. This was so bloody good. I can’t wait to read Hier of Fire soon. *eyes Aimee to finish reading CoM*

      I haven’t read it yet but it’s on my list to-read soon!

  11. says

    Can she really get MORE kick-ass?? I just she can and I’m excited to witness so. ^^ I do have this book at home but, unfortunately, I was silly enough to NOT read the prequels (or buy then when was the time) so I do have to read those first (and buy then so I can do so.) Anyway, when I was younger, I didn’t play those kinds of games (b/c the side-quests kind of annoyed me–sorry girl!) but I did play those Time Management games. Oh how much I loved those; Diner Dash, Cake Mania, Virtual Life, etc. Fab review, Faye! :)
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    • Faye says

      I hope she does! I will never get enough of her, seriously. She’s just way up there in the best heroines evaaaah. Oh, man! Diner Dash and Cake Mania XDDDD My high school was filled with those, too! I remember bringing my laptop to school just to play these games during break LOLOLOL

  12. says

    Girl, your excitement and love for this book is crushing me in waves! BUT I TOTALLY AGREE. I loved this one for the same reasons you did. It was so good to see character development (speaking of I really hope you’ve read these 4 short stories) and I was so happy so get to see Celaena (one day I’ll learn how to properly spell her name) in her highest and lowest. Amazing review, Faye :)
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    • FayeFaye says

      Awww, I’m glad to see that you think so, Tanja! This book was just totally awesome. Oh hey now, but you DID spell her name right ;) Cut yourself some slack, babe! Thanks much, mwah!

  13. says

    Oh my gosh, yes. All the love for this book. I really enjoyed Throne of Glass, but I absolutely ADORED Crown of Midnight. I can’t wait for Heir of Fire now. Sarah J Maas is amazing. The plot was fantastic and I loved the character growth in Caelana. Also, CHAOL. I want him!
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    • FayeFaye says

      YEHES! I’m glad to see that you think so, too ;) The consensus seems to be that ToG = good, CoM = 10000x better. Haha. And she is! she really is. I can’t wait to see how much more her story and her writing will grow :D AND YES TO CHAOL!!! I wish he and Celaena will patch things up in the end!!

  14. says

    I LOVED LOVED this one Faye. It was amazing. I completely agree with you, I felt that the sequel was a lot more stronger in all elements of the novel. But I truly loved the character development and relationship to Chaol and Celaena’s. I mean chapter 22….wow! Just wait til Heir of Fire! :D Not that I’m teasing you… Great review, Faye! :)
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    • FayeFaye says

      YES! We should make a Throne of Glass fanclub already ;) Requirement: MUST LOVE CHAOL (okay, you can love the series as a whole, too… BUT OMGCHAOL!!!) haha. One thing I don’t look forward to in Heir of Fire? The fact CxC don’t have much screentime. Awww…

  15. says

    I’VE BEEN NEEDING TO READ THIS SERIES. But I’m waiting until the school year starts to buy it and OWN IT’S EPICNESS.

    “BUT ONLY WHEN IT WAS SUMMER TIME, OKAY?! No judging!” – Are you kidding me. I play video games YEAR ROUND and I receive no judgement. (ok that might be a lie, I think my roommates would). But unfortunately I didn’t get too many RPGs, sure there’s Kingdom Hearts and Star Ocean, but I think I got the PS2 too late. And then now I have the PS3, and I’ve played FFXIII, which I think is pretty good. And I do want to buy the remastered FFX. But I’m not sure when I’ll buy it.

    OK BUT HELLO I KNOW J-RPGs ARE COOL AND ALL BUT HAVE YOU HEARD OF ASSASSIN’S CREED. Ok I’ll stop being a video game nerd.

    REGARDING THRONE OF GLASS. Still need to read it. Already from your review I CAN TELL THE SERIES GETS BETTER. And I NEED TO GET ON THIS.
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    • FayeFaye says

      HAHA. I looove games. But I really miss the old-school ones, so that’s why the ones I’m playing now are my favorites on a Windows emulator. It’s really so awesome >_< TRY AN EMULATOR PLZZZ YOU WON'T REGRET IT XDD I wanted to play Assassin's Creed BUT the first mission where I had to beat some dude to the Cathedral Roof was hella hard! I pretty much gave up after my 20th try hahaha.

  16. says

    Ahh that’s awesome to find another fellow gamer Faye! Whilst I wasn’t into the role playing quest games as much as you (I was more of a Street Fighter of Diddy Kong Racing sort of Girl) I can totally understand how this book could bring back all those amazing feelings that you would get when playing those games. Maas’ writing was epic in this book, I remember my heart breaking all over the place. I’ve had the third book a while now, but I’m still not sure that I want to read it, as my heart still hasn’t fully recovered. But I’m so glad to see that you enjoyed this too! :)
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    • FayeFaye says

      Yes! Gamers are awesome, Jasprit ;) You and I are in a different league on our own. Haha. Street Fighter was cool, too =P But I was more of a Tekken fan if we’re going to talk about Fighting games. And yes :( When Celaena went berserk on Chaol… ugh! I couldn’t take it! Not Chaol!! I LOVE HIM!

  17. says

    DUDE YES, RIGHT?!?! THIS ENTIRE BOOK IS AMAZING. THE ENTIRE SERIES. I read Heir of Fire and you can’t even IMAGINE how much I cried. The thing’s about 600+ pages BUT EACH ONE WAS WORTH THE BACK BREAKING PAIN I SUFFERED (I read it while sitting on a bar stool in one go.)
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    • FayeFaye says

      YES, ABSOLUTELY AMAZING. I wouldn’t want this book to be written in any other. It was perfect just the way it was. OMG, I’m so excited for HoF now. I have it, but I’ve restrained myself from reading it yet. Going to buddy read it with Aimee and we’ll see how that goes, haha.

  18. says

    YES! I usually hate love triangles, but you really can’t complain about this one. Chaol and Dorian are just so gorgeous. I really have to admit that this one was even better than ToG, and that one was pretty amazing. I totally agree with you based on the fact that this one incorporated more character-development, and that’s very important for readers to visualize.

    After reading this, I went through an impossible-to-change suffering and book-depression. I have the next book (I know, I’m crazy for what I’m about to say) but haven’t read it yet due to the amount of stuff I need to finish ASAP.

    I’m so glad that you loved this, Faye! (That’s awesome that you used to game, you gamer-girl! xD)
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    • FayeFaye says

      Absolutely. There are some the usual love triangles, and there are THE love triangles – the ones that are not so black and white, not so cookie cutter, not so predictable, and so very deep. I love how they weren’t simply JUST the love interests— they wer characters, and valuable ones at that, in their own right, and they were interesting in their own way. Like you can take our Celaena in the picture and we’d still be interested in them.

    • FayeFaye says

      Haha, it was definitely that way, Joy! I’m sorry you find it difficult to get into this! Nothing wrong with you ;) It simply means the book’s not your forte, unless you wanna stick with it for a while longer and see if it improves for you by then!

    • FayeFaye says

      Yes, Christy! You’re soooo outdated! ;P Haha, just kidding. Hope you get to it soon and join the Chaol x Celaena fanclub!

  19. says

    OMG! I am SO glad yoy loved this one, too, Faye! This was the best book I’ve read this month! It was SOOO much better than Throne of Glass!

    I agree. Celaena is such a kickass heroine but she definitely have a soft side. Her despair, OMG. And Chaol. OMG. The world building and twists? OMG. I am kind of hyperventilating right now. Have you read the novellas? If you haven’t yet, I tell you, they’re worth checking out! I mean, you’ll come to know SAM!

    This was such an overzealous comment. It’s just.. THE. FEELS. :) Can’t wait for Heir of Fire!
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    • FayeFaye says

      Definitely agree with you there, Margarita. This one is a book to beat. People who didn’t like ToG should stick at least one book more. This one will certainly let them reconsider this series.

      Yeah, I loved that she took a long while to mourn and grieve. It made her character so much more realistic and relatable. It would be pretty sucky if she found out her friend had died and then moved on as quickly as possible to move the plot along. I like the balance of fast-pace and characterization.

  20. says

    This was such a great review, and it re-ignited my feelings for the series! I love how much more depth we got to Celaena in this book, how we saw her on the edge and how wrecked she was when she failed, and I really liked the way the story showed different sides to all the other characters, too, especially Dorian who I’ve been a little unsure about since halfway through the first book. I’ve long liked him, but… just a little unsure. I definitely feel differently about him now, and Chaol, too, though Celaena takes the crown (!) for me, as always. She’s just such a unique, thrilling character, and I loved learning more about her.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Awww, that’s such a nice thing to! Thank you so much, Romi :D And yes, her depth was really explored here. I want to know more about her in the upcoming books, and I’m sure Maas won’t let us down in that aspect. And I SO KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN. She fails, she falls, and she mourns and wallows in self-pity, but it ws realistic how it was presented. It never felt over-the-top, AT ALL.

  21. says

    LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE GOLD STARS. o_o I did already start this one (your fault!), but I won’t be able to continue yet because I have a load of exams on Friday and Satruday. :( Throne of Glass was pretty romance-centered and actually quite boring, but I need to see Calaena finally kick some ass! So excited to continue this and to read Heir of Fire with you! :D
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    • FayeFaye says

      THOSE GOLD STARS SPEAK THE TRUTH, AIMEE DEAR. ONLY THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH. Do you feel my enthusiasm yet? Do you? :P

    • FayeFaye says

      I’m glad to have your approval, my Empress *curtsies*

      Dragons?! Now that’s something!! Thanks for making me more excited, Jessica ;)

    • FayeFaye says

      Haha, it’s fine! I do that all the time to reviews of books I still haven’t read ;) If you’re looking for kick-ass characters, you seriously need not look further!

  22. says

    Yay! Alike you Faye, I enjoyed Crown of Midnight much more than Throne of Glass. I feel like in Crown of Midnight we really get to see Celaena grow into herself as a character and see her be more badass, yet still retain a realistic emotional side. I found myself loving her character and narration so much more than the previous installment. The love triangle situation which usually annoys me, just simply doesn’t in this series. It seems quite balanced, and though I do have a favorite I can both see how they would appeal to Celaena. They also have flaws and their own backstory and role in the series, so I really can’t wait to read more of this series to see how everything interconnects.

    Wish I had Heir of Fire in my hands, however got declined on Netgalley. Ahhh, guess I’ll just have to wait to see where Celaena’s adventure will take us next.

    Lovely review Faye! (:

    • FayeFaye says

      Yes, I’m glad CoM got better. I know for sure it made ToG doubters hang their jaws open! It seriously was just too good. I loved the character development so much. Oh man how did you get declined?! Seriously, they must be messed up in the head for declining such an awesome reviewer such as you :(

    • FayeFaye says

      I KNOW! Usually it’s the other way around. But of course, you won’t see me complaining ;) I only wish for this series to keep getting better!

  23. says

    Omg, this book was so freaking good. I only just read the first 3 books a couple of weeks ago, and I rated both this and the novella collection 5 stars. AND YOU KNOW HOW MISERLY I AM WITH MY STARS. I’m so happy you loved it, too! I’m a bit worried about this love triangle–I mean, I think we all know how it will eventually turn out, but there are a few books before then. Man, this series might kill us before it’s all over.
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    • FayeFaye says

      Oh, yes. When you give 5 stars, I know we’re in for a ride! I’m super glad we’re on the same beat with regards to this, Wendy :D This one totally surprised me, and I think all the attention Maas is getting is just well-deserved. I have high hopes that the love triangle will go my way (whisper: Chaol Chaol CHAOL CHAAAOL), but ugh, we’re still in book 3 and there are so much more to go. It could go either way!

  24. says

    Do not let ANYONE make fun of you for playing video games. Especially Final Fantasy. I love Final Fantasy!!! Seriously.. I think you should try to play the game Skyrim. I don’t know if you have a gaming system now that you don’t play games anymore but you will LOVE IT. For me as a gamer you just made me realize that I need to read this book series like right now. I had no idea it was like this. NO IDEA. I just.. need to read this soon.
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    • FayeFaye says

      YAY! Final Fantasy rocks ;) Seriously, they were my childhood. Their stories are really amazin. I’d love to play Skyrim, and I did try, but I only lasted 10 minutes? Because the motion and everything were giving me headaches. Like serious bloody headaches.

  25. says

    Oh god I loved Throne of Glass but CROWN OF MIDNIGHT was THE book me. I cried and laughed and felt so many things CoM just meant the world too me. I remember calling my friend after i finished CoM and being like “so i found this series and i already consider it one of my favourites even though i’m only on book 2 of 6” LOL
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    • FayeFaye says

      YES, YES, YES! Crown of Midnight. I didn’t cry, but I did laugh and I did swoon and I did feel bad at times. Haha. It would be a long wait till the end of the series!

  26. says

    I absolutely loved this as well Faye! :D I agree – Celaena is such a strong character and I love how Sarah really takes her time with the world-building and gives us a clear picture of what’s happening in this society. And the romance in this one is absolutely wonderful, isn’t it? :D “It’s awesome how they have vital roles in Celaena’s journey, but they also have their own problems and issues to face that are equally daunting.” I completely agree! This isn’t some wishy-washy love triangle. It’s absolutely developed, and wonderful at that.

    Thanks for sharing and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3 Glad you enjoyed it so much! :D
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    • FayeFaye says

      So many of us do, Zoe. We should build an army. Maas Army? Celaena Army? All I know is I’m willing to rally down in wherever to show my bloody support for this series. Haha. And the love triangle is truly well done! I did hear it’ll be turned into a square next though… haha