Thursday, April 16, 2015

A New Set of Rules

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is an excellent sequel to Throne of Glass. 

This sequel finds Celaena working as the King's Champion: murdering people who dare to cross the King. But Celaena can't actually bring herself to kill them. Instead, she helps them fake their deaths. She's the only one who knows. But when a childhood friend of hers is next on the chopping block, she finds herself revealing her secret again and again. When the unexpected occurs, Celaena must call on every ounce of self-possession to do what's right.

I loved a lot of aspects of this book. I loved that we got to see more of Celaena and Chaol. I loved that we got to learn more about Celaena and the country. But it also just didn't measure up to the first book for me. I wanted more than what I was given. I wanted less of the back and forth romance than the first book (where it was understandable and less contrived). I wanted more trust and more commitment on everyone's behalf. I'll definitely continue with the series--I liked this book. I just wanted to love it.

I would recommend this to fans of the first one. And the series as a whole to fans of series with a hint of magic and lots of fighting.

Favorite Quotes: There had never been any line between them, only his own stupid fear and pride. Because from the moment he pulled her out of that mine in Endovier and she had set those eyes upon him, still fierce despite a year in hell, he'd been walking toward this, walking to her.

"How are you feeling?" Like she was everywhere and nowhere all at once. Like she'd somehow been half-blind all her life and could now see everything clearly. Like she could stay here forever and be content.

It was war upon them all. Let them tremble in fear at what they had awoken. 

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