Book Review; Crown of Midnight

By Yoo ♡ - 1:14:00 PM


Assalamualaikum w.b.t.

*drum roll please*

Finally, finally, finally, yo girl here are going to review another book from Throne of Glass series! It took a lot of willpower to fight the laziness to continue reading yet another masterpiece by Sarah J Maas. The last time I read Throne of Glass was like what, 3 years ago? Welp.


Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Year / Genre / Language: 2013 / Fantasy  / English

Synopsis:

Crowned by Evil.

Bound by Duty.

Divided by Love.


Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan's deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies' blood  but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors  a captain and a prince — and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom...

Personal review (aka my nonsense ramblings):

This is the second installment of Throne of Glass series, It's been a long time since I read YAs because well first, I'm focusing on my studies, so I want you to imagine how I need to sort my brain from studying and just chillin' with books like, how much energy invested to shift my brain from logical and arithmetical stuffs like computer science to something ambiguously artsy and requires imagination and the creative sides of my brain like books and fictions. So, I think you get it why my book reviews posts here are so inconsistent.

Let me tell you the flow; the earlier chapter was interesting, you know, we started off with a bit of action on how she execute her plans of her "killings", we got a considerable comedic interaction and stuffs right there, and then things started to get serious... and some romance stuffs before things get intense and everything goes really dark and gory... how the later chapters really caught me in the feels like damn... sounds cliche, but it's been a whole roller coaster ride you have there.

I agree that it was a wee bit boring at some place, but anyhow the action packed scenes in the later chapters were enough to make up of it, I think?

As much as how I really really love Celaena in the first book, I stopped liking her starting from this story, this very book, because she's becoming sooo unbelievable. She still a great assasin and all, but gosh I literally hate it when she kinda... can I say, ignores Nehemia and Elena? I can empathize with Nehemia more than her stupid a** by the way. Celaena keeps doing things that would make me scream (out of anger or disbelieve) if I were a part of this story (should be glad I didn't though). *cough* *cough* but Nehemia would.

One's life would be saved if the other one wasn't that dumb. Gosh.

I think that's what the author wants. For us to hate the main character. Dang it.

I liked the first book Celaena better.

Chaol... oh well, still that typical chief guard guy who treats you like his friend, but later becoming something more than that. Yeah... He's just as unbelievable as Celeana when it comes to how he brush off the anonymous threat stuffs... and I don't like how he treat his father regardless how his father treated him during his younger days... and then there comes the ending where I should be glad he listens to his father but at the same time I wish he didn't have to do that...damn. However, I really hope I have a friend like him because of how he genuinely cares for you, how he genuinely cares for everyone even to the price of sacrificing himself.

But what I really impressed here was Dorian... (well somehow I still read his name as Durian though lol) because he straight up turned from the annoying-and-jealous-boy-in-love to a man of my dream a great crown prince, finally standing up for what he actually should, and interestingly he needs to deal with a hidden magic abilities inside of him at the same time. All thanks to Nehemia for waking up the "forces" that sleeping inside of him. As much as I am annoyed with his blind jealousy in the earlier chapters, I'm loving the more emotionally stable version of him when he already moving on. Being his intellectual self is what drawn me back to him after he keeps ticking me off in the earlier chapters.

Weirdly enough I even started to ship Nehemia with him but then things happened. How unfortunate.

Nehemia, oh, Nehemia, I've liked her since the very first book and god kows how I really love her character, how she really adds to the missing things and pieces in this story and how sad things end up to her. She will always be my favorite of my favorites. She deserves everything, except for the sh*t she got from her "best friend" and even "allies".

Besides of the characters, I'm living for the wonders, fantasies and mysteries that got my mind flying off to another realms and dimensions, with the dark mysteries, surprises and creatures resides within the pages of this book and how it was revealed as you flipped through it. I like how the universe of this story expanded.

Yet, it's really tiring. Tiring because I'm really  emotionally invested in this story. Damn. I don't know what's left of me now.

This sequel is good and all but like I said, it's really emotionally manipulating and tiring, because gosh, it really caught you in your feels~ I'm not even joking.

Probably be the last book I read from this series. Not because I hated it, but I want to take a break from reading any YAs in the moment, because most of them are thick and requires a lot of time for me. If this series is going to be a movie, I'm probably resuming reading this series again. Bet.

I gave 4.5 / 5 stars for this book.

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