Monday, August 26, 2013

New Release Review: Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas


[sequel to Throne of Glass]

Goodreads Summary:

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?

***

My friend Laura has a good way of describing books like Crown of Midnight: Trashy, but enjoyable.

It's cliche, predictable, and Celaena secures herself a gold plaque in the Mary Sue Hall of Fame. But in many ways, this is the book Throne of Glass should have been. There are moral dilemmas. There are real consequences. There is a lot of action and a functional romantic plotline. Oh, and Celaena finally kills people.

So while I don't think this is a good book, it was still an entertaining read.

***

Crown of Midnight comes out tomorrow.

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