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.
Book Talk 3/12/2020: Sarah J. Maas’s The Throne of Glass
The Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Bloomsbury YA. Aug. 7, 2012.
Amazon blurb: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.
Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
My Review: Celaena is taken from one of the worst criminal caves imaginable by Prince Dorian and his head of security, Chaol Westfall. In return, for fighting in the matches given her, she’ll become the King’s Champion for four years and the afterwards, be free. Some of the fights are to the death. Malnourished and weak, Celaena struggles to hold on in a world that wants to drown her. As she struggles to recover, a tomb beneath her rooms is revealed to her and the Lady appears to her, explaining there is an evil in the castle and she’s the only one who can uncover and destroy it. By day, she fights her battles, befriending a princess from Ellwye, who may or may not have ulterior motives for being there when five hundred of her people are massacred. And what of the King? Who put her in the Endovier mines and the welts on her back? She trembles every time she sees him, knowing he has the power to return her from the hell she escaped. Can she unroot the plots against her, the throne, and the competitors? Or will she become another footnote for the royal’s history. My scorecard: A+
I’m reading Sarah J. Maas’s
Throne of Glass (so awesome!), Windwitch by Susan Dennard
(another wonderful worldbuilding novel), Neferet’s Curse (so creepy) by
P.C. and Kristin Cast, The Girl from the Well (beyond creepy) by Rin
Chupeco, Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi (talk about
fascinating), and Sightwitch by Susan Dennard (more worldbuilding). In
non-fiction, I’m reading Writing Irresistable KidLit by Mary Kole. I
should be finishing some of these soon! It takes me longer on the non-fiction
as I read only a bit of it each weekend and try to apply it to my stories
before moving on to the next bit.