Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary from Goodreads:
“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.
Non-spoiler opinions: This was such a good sequel. In my opinion, it was much better than the first book. This was also a much more gruesome and intense book. There were lots of parts where I was cringing, but it fit the characters and plot, so I really liked it. There was also more magic involved in this book, and I liked that a lot too.
Discussion: Time for the spoilery part of this review where I discuss stuff that happened. So bye if you haven’t read this!
So Chaol and Celaena. Omg, they’re my OTP. I love them so much. It literally took 200 pages for them to finally kiss and accept their feelings. I’ve never shipped two people so hard. I was so frustrated every time they got so close to kissing but then didn’t. Then my heart broke when Celaena got really mad and tried to kill Chaol and said he’d always be her enemy. No, ugh, why can’t she just forgive him? That made me mad cause they’d literally just gotten together.
I was also really sad when Nehemiah died. Poor Celaena, Nehemiah was her only friend. And I really liked Nehemiah, but I was mad that she kept so much from Celaena. I knew she was up to something.
I was also surprised that Celaena was Fae and that she’s the lost princess. That’ll add a fun twist to the story.
I also really like that Dorian now has magic. That’ll definitely make things interesting.
I’m sad Celaena’s leaving for that place (I don’t remember the name, sorry). I don’t want her to leave the castle, but I’m sure Chaol will rescue her. 🙂
Overall, this book was just so fantastic. I’m so excited for Heir of Fire.