Publication Date: August 27th 2013
Source: ALA Annual 2013
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?
I wasn't sure if I would enjoy this book or not when I picked it up. I wasn't the biggest fan of The Throne of Glass, but I was interested in where the story would go. I enjoyed the action and the competition atmosphere in the last book, but I had had some issues with the characters and the romance. I'm glad that I continued this book because I did some parts more than I did in the last book.
Like in the last book the names were horrible to try to figure out. I still, after reading both Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight don't know how to pronounce the main character's name: Celaena, and there are a few other names thrown in that were hard to figure out as well. This is a bookish pet-peeve of mine in general, and this book is one of best examples of that.
The way the story continued was kind of hard to follow. There were several stories going on at once in the book, and it didn't really feel like there was one major plot at any point. With all of the things going on the book became kind of jumpy. There was a lot of talk of magic. I feel like there wasn't enough magic in the last book for magic to be so prominent in this story, it seems like this is a whole new story all together.
I really liked how things were still being revealed throughout the story about the characters and the setting. There was a huge tidbit that was revealed at the end of the book that made it all the more interesting, but also lead to a cliff-hanger...
I felt the same about romance in this book as I did about it in Throne of Glass. I felt like Celaena was swooning over every guy she saw, and when she did get in a serious relationship, she ended it extremely quickly for seemingly no reason. This doesn't seem to happen much in other books so it's kind of surprising how the main character in this book is such a flirt.
I'm not exactly sure if this is the series for me anymore. The writing and the story just isn't developed to my tastes.