Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight

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She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But where will her conscience, and her heart, lead her?

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 willing to fight for?
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 432 pages
  • 156 x 235 x 35.56mm | 662g
  • Bloomsbury YA
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • maps
  • 1619630621
  • 9781619630628
  • 56,749

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"She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.But where will her conscience, and her...
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* An epic fantasy readers will immerse themselves in and never want to leave. * Kirkus Reviews, starred review, on Crown of Midnight * * Readers seeking the political intrigue of Kristen Cashore's Graceling and its sequels or the deadly competition at the heart of The Hunger Games will find both in Maas's strong debut novel. . . . The verve and freshness of the narration make for a thrilling read. * Publishers Weekly, starred review, on THRONE OF GLASS * This commingling of comedy, brutality and fantasy evokes a rich alternate universe with a spitfire young woman as its brightest star. * Kirkus Reviews, on THRONE OF GLASS * THRONE OF GLASS by Sarah J. Maas is a tale full of surprises and shadows, where deadly seeds are sown with the promise of more danger to come. A fascinating glimpse into the dark side of Cinderella. * Colleen Houck, the NYT Bestselling author of the Tiger's Curse series *
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About Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times and internationally bestselling author of the Throne of Glass, Court of Thorns and Roses, and Crescent City series. Her books have sold more than nine million copies and are published in thirty-seven languages. A New York native, Sarah lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and dog.
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567,445 ratings
4.36 out of 5 stars
5 53% (302,300)
4 33% (186,439)
3 11% (62,545)
2 2% (11,674)
1 1% (4,487)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing Plc (UK & ANZ) and Netgalley.) This is book 2 in the 'Throne of Glass' series, and picks up a couple of months after the end of book 1 'Throne of Glass'. **Warning - some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 'Throne of Glass'.** 18-year-old Celaena is now working as the King's assassin - finding people, killing them, and returning their heads to the king as proof of her work. At least that's what everyone believes. Instead Celaena has been faking people's deaths, and returning heads from the sick houses to the king. If he finds out though, he will kill her. Now Celaena has been asked to kill someone she knows, who is suspected of being a traitor to the crown. Can Celaena keep faking people's deaths? Should she help Princess Nehemia instead? And what more can she learn about the Wyrd marks? This was an okay read, but I expected more. Celaena was once again a strong character, but I thought that she maybe let things get on top of her a bit too much in this book. I loved the parts where she went bad-ass, and totally wiped the floor with certain people, but the bits in-between were just a bit disappointing. I wanted her to stay bad-ass, but that just didn't happen, and she wasn't quite as in control in this book as she was in the first. The storyline was okay, there were some creepy moments, and some things that I didn't see coming, but I wanted more excitement. There was an event just over half-way through that I really liked, but most of the story just felt a little slow, and I found that it took me a long time to get through it because it just didn't make me want to keep reading. The romance in this one was at a minimum really, although there was a big development in the love triangle. There wasn't the sort of forbidden romance and flirting going on that I remembered from the first book unfortunately. The ending was okay, and there was quite a big revelation at the end that I wasn't expecting. I had gotten a bit bored by this point though, so I didn't feel like the revelation really had much of an impact for me. At the moment I'm really not sure whether I even want to read the next book in the series, which is such a shame because I loved the first book. Overall; a disappointing second instalment. 6.5 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
Given it has been a bit from reading Throne of Glass, honestly all I remember was that I loved it, Celaena was kick ass and I adored her, and there was a love triangle that I liked and I think I was rooting for the underdog. All my recollection from before I began, but it quickly came back to me. Celaena is tough, smart and witty, and I admired her. She goes about everything in such a calculated manner, and she has this ability to see and treasure the good, and have no limits for injustice. I couldn't believe but thought it was exactly like her in the ways that she was defying the king. I knew that she was walking a very narrow road, but admired her all the same. I honestly had forgotten about the Elena theme from the last one, but it also emerged in this one, and I enjoyed that storyline as it challened Celaena even more. I loved Chaol even more in this one. It is becoming apparent to even Dorian how much he cares for Celaena, and he can't stand it when she is off on the dangerous missions for the king. He wants to protect her and wishes that the line drawn by his position and hers wasn't there. But I lived for their stolen moments, of how steamy it can even be for him to just hold her. It is touching how he cares for her so much he just wants to throw caution to the wind, but I am glad that he is smart about it. Dorian was present in this one, but thankfully wasn't really a factor into the triangle like in the first, but he is there as a friend to Celeana when she needs one the most. He stepped up in many ways, but still has a long way to grow as royalty. But he is harboring a secret in this one that I had no inkling would happen, but it means big things. I will say that Sarah almost made me cry, and def shocked me at some of the turn of events that happened. There were so many twists in this one, things that I never saw coming, and that I am still even at the end, not sure exactly what the implications will be but I know that I can't wait to find out. The climax and ending left me breathless and wanting more from this beautifully written novel with so many layers. Bottom Line: Layered and exciting 2nd book of a series with an awesome and dangerous female main more
by Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
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