Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King’s Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance-not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captian 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 decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie…and whom she is willing to fight for.
I always forget how much I really enjoy these books until I’m toward the end of each one. Each book begins with so much build up and drama that when the base drops (plot twists) it’s mind-blowing and heartbreaking but you just beg for more with the next book. This is a reread for me, of the series before I get to the conclusion, Kingdom of Ash (that finally came in the mail!) check out my review for the last book here.
The plot twists in this book were excellent. While I knew they were coming because this was a reread for me I still remember the first time I read the series and how utterly shocked I was to learn certain things revealed to us in Crown of Midnight. The plot twists still totally hit me in the feels like a punch in the stomach. I just really enjoyed this book. It’s not my favorite of the series, but I definitely liked it more than Throne of Glass. There is action and drama and romance and betrayal. Really it’s everything you could ever want.
Celaena is still kick ass. Doesn’t take anything from anyone. She’s a very independent individual. She definitely lets the readers see that she has a heart more and more. She does things that could get her killed because not doing them would weigh on her conscience. She has a short fuse when it comes to her temper and it kind of hurts her more than anything. She doesn’t sit around to listen to the whole story. She just gets pissed and goes off in a rage. I love her though. She’s doing so much in this book and I’m so excited for all the things she’ll do in the next one.
“She had a flicker of a memory from a time when, just for a moment, she’d been free; when the world has been wide open and she’s been about to enter it with Sam at her side. It was a freedom that she was still working for because even though she’d tasted it for only a heartbeat, it had been the most exquisite heartbeat she’d ever experienced.”
Dorian honestly just annoyed me the first half of this book. Jealous Dorian is super annoying. I was glad when he finally decided to move on. I liked that Dorian got his own side story as well. He has his own struggles that sort of meet up at the end. But he’s alone in this struggle. I like that he bad Celaena become friends again because they need one another.
“Dorian nodded, looking at her with kindness she couldn’t stand. “Then you will always have a place here.”
Chaol is just as honorable as ever. Always with his duty to the king and the crown. Always doing his job, loyalty and all that. Chaol has a few moments that just show his humanity, that he’s vulnerable. I really liked this because with everything going on with everyone else it was nice to see just how human Chaol is.
“He took a step toward her, but she held her ground. “Believe me Celaena,” he snarled, his eyes flashing, “I know you can look after yourself. But I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful because I will always care what happens.”
Nehemia is still one of my favorite characters. Thought I wish she had put more trust in Celaena and told her more of the story. I understand why she didn’t because it probably would have backfired but still. I loved her. She was a great friend to Celaena when she wasn’t hiding things.
“I promise,” she whispered again. “On my name, on my life, even if it takes until my last breath, I promise I will see Eyllwe freed.”
Mort is one of my absolute favorite parts of this story. He should totally get a little novella – the life and creation of Mort.
Overall the story really heated up in this book. Filled with betrayal and murder, love and romance, action and adventure – and of course a quest. I love all the characters. Even the ones I didn’t like. I’m going to stop writing now because I’m dying to start Heir of Fire.
Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.
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