Book Talk 6/12/2020: Sarah J. Maas’s Crown of Midnight
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas A Throne of Glass Novel Bloomsbury August 2013.
Amazon’s blurb: 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?
My review: Celaena is now the King’s Champion. As his assassin, she is sent out to take care of contracts on his enemies but little does he know that she is secretly giving them a choice of freedom or death. She hides this from all until Nehemia wonders how she can be friends with someone so brutal and cunning. Celaena admits what she’s doing. Nehemia asks her to join with her and the Ellywe people, to save them. When Celaena doesn’t, she calls her a coward. A short while later, Nehemia is found murdered. When she discovers Chaol knew about the threat and the king’s intentions to interrogate Nehemia, it breaks her. Slowly, she begins bringing the pieces together of what happened and realized things are more complicated then she knew. Will she ever be able to escape her past or the monster within?
LOVED, LOVED, LOVED! Celaena and Chaol or Celaena and Dorian both make compelling couples. Not sure which way to go there. This is about the destruction inside her and how she is pushed to the limits of herself to discover the truth and avenge a murder. The end will floor you.
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