Published by Bloomsbury USA Childrens on August 27th 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Romance, Young Adult, Young Adult Fiction
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?
Well, even though I had my suspicions, I liked Crown of Midnight a lot less than Throne of Glass. It’s disappointing all around (namely Nehemia + the needless gruesomeness of that). Did it really have to come to that for Celaena to stop being a selfish, allow-me-to-lead-on-two-men-and-eat-chocolate-cake-while-everyone-else-suffers type of person?
And the ending, come on… I hate to say it—but she’s a borderline Mary Sue. Everyone is attracted to her and she’s somehow stronger than everyone and their mother no matter how injured she is or how close to death she may be. Frankly, it’s annoying. Her mindset and actions are blindingly hypocritical. I don’t like her at all. Especially with that reveal (I mean, it was obvious…but I couldn’t keep from rolling my eyes).
The best characters still are Nehemia, Chaol, and Dorian. Bless those two boys because they should not be with her ever. Regarding Nehemia, it was a cheap, cheap excuse. I honestly believe it was because the princess was the better person (obviously the more interesting one) and had to go because she overshadowed Celaena.
I might continue reading but only for Chaol (from what I heard though I may be disappointed again) and Dorian. And for Kaltain, too. I like her immensely more than Celaena.