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But does she have the heart of a killer?
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. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn't the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she's made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple...
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SARAH J. MAAS is the New York Times bestselling author of Crown of Midnight, the sequel to Throne of Glass. Sarah, a New York native, currently lives in the California desert. Visit her online at www.sarahjmaas.com
- ASIN : B00CU7YHQY
- Publisher : Bloomsbury YA; 1st edition (August 27, 2013)
- Publication date : August 27, 2013
- Language : English
- File size : 1809 KB
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- Print length : 361 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,958 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Please note: I am reading the series aloud with my daughter, so as we go we just naturally, out of habit, change cuss words to "gosh" and "darn.," and the intimacy scenes were handled as follows: "A., this next chapter has Choal and Celeana interacting like a married couple sometimes do in private. Shall we read or skip?" Reply, "Well, um is it very like detailed?" Me: "Nah, it's pretty vague." A: "Well, I know she shouldn't be doing that stuff because they are not married, but let's just read it...it's not like I'm embarrassed or going to act like that myself...ewwww!" (Love the sweetness this age!) Basically, here is my point and yes I have one... if you take the time to first, preview what you will read with your child later; second, spend the time to read aloud with your child; third, talk to your child & maintain open dialogue, all the time, about everything, just as though they are the adults-in-training they really are (not saying talk like you are buddies, peers, or equals), the content of a fictional novel is not going to become controversial or be outrageous to them, throwing them into a tizzy of misadventure and exploits! So yes, while, the series is for ages 14+, I still maintain that WITH parental supervision/accompaniment, this is an incredible series to read together!
****This review will contain spoilers from Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight.****
So if you’ve read Throne of Glass, you know what Celaena is up to. She won the championship and is the King’s ultimate weapon. She can’t seem to decide between Chaol or Dorian (love triangles, yay). The ghost of Queen Elain keeps bugging her to change the world (which Celaena has no interest in), and you have Nehemiah off doing her thing.
So, let’s fast forward a bit through the book. When it comes to heroes, Celaena is literally the worst one to exist. She has no interest in saving anyone. She wants clothes, pretty things, food, and her freedom. Oh, and a hot guy to date. She’s selfish and petty (will talk about more of that later), and doesn’t really care about anyone.
Pros: Maas has amazing writing skills. I love the imagery. I love the sass. I love the intricacy of the series as a whole–especially when it comes to things that are mentioned and happen in CoM and ToG that are huge parts later on in the series.
Cons: So, originally when reading all of these, I loved this book. Now, I’m meh on it. It’s OK. The writing is great, as is the plot, but the problem is Celaena. Granted, it makes sense why she acts the way she does. She’s been a pampered brat most of her life and thinks the world revolves around her simply because she went through awful things. She is too quick to turn on friends when they try to do something she doesn’t like.
Chaol and Celaena were literally the cutest thing ever. I wasn’t overly fond of them together, but they were cute. When Nehemiah dies and Celaena attacks Chaol, I was really upset this time. Chaol, yes, messed up. But Celaena attacks him, this man she had been sleeping with and claimed to love, and tries to kill him. Chaol shuts down completely, and it hurts when he cries. I rarely cry, but reading over that scene where he does had me tearing up.
It bothers me that the whole fandom and the series itself looks at Chaol as though he started something, yet Celaena chose later in the book when she wants to acknowledge him as a person or blame him for everything. As a soldier, of course he would obey the commands of his liege lord over his girlfriend. Also, it wasn’t Chaol who kidnapped himself and made Celaena not be in the castle when Nehemiah was killed, but Nehemiah. If Celaena wanted someone to blame, she should have blamed Nehemiah for not telling her the plan (kinda the point of what Nehemiah did, though), and she should have gone after Archer and Grave and forgiven Chaol. But she didn’t. She blamed him and moped about it for almost a book and a half.
I don’t know, but I feel like with this reread of the series, I’m seeing more into Celaena’s personality, and I don’t like how self-centered she is and how secretive she is. She’s destroying herself by not saying anything to anyone.
This novel was rather hard for me to read. It suffered from Second Book Syndrome - a lot going on and being explained and yet not a lot happening. I like the lore and fantasy elements that are coming into focus, however a lot of the elements felt messy and thrown together.
I must admit that I'm also still rather indifferent when it comes to Celaena and Chaol. Celaena is still vain, shallow, selfish, and oddly unintelligent for the greatest assassin in the land. Chaol is increasingly annoying, ignorant, and pompous. Maybe they are made for each other. Or maybe they are a bit too much. I felt a bit like the romance really took over the novel. I wanted a lot more world building and just got a whole lot of romance.
Really, it's the story of the past and the fantasy elements that are keeping my interest. I'm really hoping as more characters come into the picture, I'll have more stories to be interested in.
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Ok, I know this is an older series and I'm way behind buuuut I can't wait to read the next book.
After becoming the Kings champion, Celaena is tasked with seeking out and killing those who the King feels need to be assassinated. However, Celaena is anything but loyal to the King of Adarlan and deceives him from the very start of this book. Then she is tasked with killing an old acquaintance Archer Finn and Celaena must make some difficult decisions. When disaster strikes, Celaena must decide who and what is most important to her and her future.
I started reading the ToG series after reading the ACOTAR series and falling head over heels in love with it. Having never read Fantasy before, I decided at the age of 26 to give it a go and then ACOTAR made me wonder why I'd never read this genre before.
Anyway... I read Throne of Glass and felt really underwhelmed. I found Celaena really irritating, self obsessed and a bit pathetic when she was allegedly the best assassin in Adarlan.
The first 100 or so pages, I still felt the same; her batting her eyelashes at any male and toying with Chaol and Dorian yet again. Then BAM sh** just got real. I flew through the second half of the book and enjoyed it so much. The relief! I wanted to love this series, now I can say that I am very invested. I purposely read no spoilers so was shocked at the revelations in the last few pages of the book. Admittedly Celaena still isn't my favourite protagonist, but she's growing on me!
Crown of Midnight takes a step away from the romantic drama of its predecessor and opens up a story that is bigger and bloodier. Celaena gets to explore all aspects of what it means to be an assassin in this book; she is tested constantly and you can see her growing and changing and learning as the story progresses. And this story is one tumultuous journey of extremely high ups and unbelievably low downs with Celaena taking relationships to all new levels and watching others fall apart. Old enemies resurface and we start to get a glimpse of just how big the picture Maas is painting for us actually is.
A couple of disappointing parts for me - how is Celaena the best assassin in the world but gets caught out all the time? It felt like there wasn’t a chapter that went past where she hadn’t been snuck up on, followed or knocked out. It felt really strange to me. Also - the pace. It felt slow, like really slow. There seemed to be a lot of doing nothing and waiting for stuff to happen.
The pros - the characters. What an interesting bunch. I enjoyed the scenes with Celaena and Chaol and also the scenes with Dorian. There is an interesting dynamic between these three especially and I look forward to seeing how that plays out. Also - the storyline and world building, it feels like there is a lot of drama ahead.
Overall, this wasn’t as gripping to me as the first one but we’ve been set up nicely for the next one in the series and I’ll move onto that after reading another book in between.
Celaena is back and better than ever after the events of Throne of Glass in which she eventually, after kicking some butt, became the Kings Champion. In this book we find out that this comes at a price and Celaena must now dispatch any enemies befalling the King at his request. But we know she's inherently good-natured, despite being crafty, so this isn't as easy as it seems.
Particularly when you might become distracted by a handsome prince or a romantic guard.
There are lots of back stories running throughout which all come together piece by piece. This made for a more interesting, detailed story as I tried to figure things out alongside Celaena. Compared to the first book this is a significant step up.
The character development is enormous compared to the previous book, which I felt showed each character kind of superficially. Of course I still liked the characters, but I didn't feel like I'd be too devastated if one of them took a tumble. Now I'm totally invested. The relationships, especially the way Maas shows friendships, are built within this second instalment and I much preferred that although there is romance, the friendships Celaena made were really well developed - I can't stand a story led by romance alone! Equally this made the secondary characters more important to flesh out the plot even more.
The plot was clever with lots of forks in the road. I thought I knew where this story was going, even on a romantic level, but actually Maas caught me off guard a few times which was refreshing. Usually it's obvious who the love interest will be, who will or won't die and so on. Maas actually takes chances and shows that certain events genuinely change matters for good instead everything being brushed under the carpet. Its rare for me to feel emotionally invested in the story and each character but towards the end of the book I was completely hooked. I love Chaol. I'm pathetic.
A really strong sequel - all the complaints I had from the first book were completely eliminated. I can't wait to see what happens next.
Across the board, this book was better than its predecessor. The heroine was more nuanced and developed, the main love interest had grown more attractive and the plot was more interesting, with more focus on the magic, the world and the backstory. It had lots of twists and turns and some quite shocking moments. It wasn't as good as the newer series, but it was very enjoyable.
Without giving too much away, it ends with two revelations/twists, one of which I'd suspected, one of which was a total surprise. As they were both things the main character knew but that had never been mentioned in her narrative, it was rather jarring, but definitely got me racing to pick up the next book.