Friday, August 16, 2013

Book Review: Crown of Midnight

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

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 most willing to fight for?

Okay guys...where to start.  Gosh.  Okay give me a moment here.  I've made no secret my absolute adoration for Sarah J Maas, her writing, Celaena, and Chaol sorry Dorian...  THRONE OF GLASS was both highly anticipated and dearly beloved by me (as were the prequel novellas...which are coming out in their own book called THE ASSASSIN'S BLADE...go preorder!) so I was a bit hesitant to start CROWN OF MIDNIGHT.

Shouldn't have waited that month.  Should have read it immediately after it was handed to me.

So here's the thing about teenage heroes--especially ones with destinies.  Very often they're either portrayed as being infallible in their choices and trust or shown to be naive.  Its rare that they're shown as being wrong and then having those consequences thrown in their faces.  Celaena in ToG began trusting very reluctantly, especially given her circumstances and life.  The trust she does have bleeds into CoM and while she wasn't wrong in who she trusted, she ended being wrong in who saw her trusting those people.

Trust can be a weakness others can use to exploit and sow discord.

The looming threat of Celaena's old lives also bites her in the butt.  Maas only peppered the smallest things about Celaena's life before being found throughout the short stories and ToG, but in CoM things begin to make a lot more sense both to her and to the reader.  Things that shouldn't be possible.  Things that make a whole host of plotlines I want to come to fruition snarled.  Things that will lead to even more heartbreak then what can be found in this book

I admit I liked Dorian better for the fact he really tried to be the friend that Celaena needed and not the rejected suitor she couldn't use.  Chaol as well, in all his roles, gained my respect (even after certain...unfortunate things happened) and I appreciated that neither guy let personal feelings interfere with the more important fact that Celaena was always at risk.  Even when she was doing what the King wanted, even when she bowed and smiled and charmed.

And in the end...:sigh: in the end Maas did the only thing that could save Celaena from some truly difficult decisions.  I also hope this means more Silent Assassins...please more Silent Assassins