One of the traits I admire in writers (and that I do not myself possess) is the ability to break characters. Sarah J. Maas has left me breathless in that particular aspect. As well as many others. In Crown of Midnight, Celaena Sardothien continues her life in the glass castle, now as the Champion. Which in reality means being the king’s personal assassin. It is as brutal and gory as it sounds. And as badass.
The Golden Trio
But all is not grim. Celaena has Dorian and Chaol with her. She has Nehemia. The first two, in particular, provide a lot of entertainment and heartbreak, and not just because of how things were left at the end of Throne of Glass.
Yes, I’m talking about the romance. My personal favourite part of which, ironically enough, is Dorian. The bittersweet what could have been as well as his value of friendship has made me love Dorian all the more and left me in serious need of chocolate. I am not the biggest fan of love triangles but this one, with all its angles and complications and decisions, is beautiful and much appreciated. Kudos to Maas. She has my heart once again.
As for Nehemia… I think what got me most about this book is the portrayal of friendship, or well, friendships. What Nehemia and Celaena share is true, but also not easy. Because friendship does not mean blind acceptance. Which is only further emphasised with Chaol and Dorian. That is what makes those friendships so precious to me.
There went my heart. And sanity.
But, all nice things come to an end. With Sarah J. Maas that end is brutal, shattering and abso-freaking-lutely fantastic in what it does to the characters. Characters who simply… break and slip off a very, very dangerous edge. And they might not come back from that fall alive, certainly not the same.
I am honestly in awe at how a single emotional trigger manages to touch everyone, change everything, and set in motion such epic, epic things.
In short, my emotions are on fire
Crown of Midnight won’t leave anyone unaffected, inside Erilea or outside the book pages. The plot that started in the first book thickens, now with magic added to the mix. Ancient queens are, impossible enough, even more mysterious. And key characters are on the verge of such incredible personal change that I was honestly left trembling after finishing the last page. And immediately reached for Heir of Fire with those same shaking hands.
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury on August 15th 2013
Fae, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
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"A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached. It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend."
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.
How do you feel about breaking characters? Killing your darlings?