Crown of Midnight
BY SARAH J. MAAS
“In a land without magic, where the king rules with an iron hand, an assassin is summoned to the castle. She comes not to kill the king, but to win her freedom. If she defeats twenty-three killers, thieves, and warriors in a competition, she is released from prison to serve as the king’s champion. Her name is Celaena Sardothien. The Crown Prince will provoke her. The Captain of the Guard will protect her. But something evil dwells in the castle of glass–and it’s there to kill. When her competitors start dying one by one, Celaena’s fight for freedom becomes a fight for survival, and a desperate quest to root out the evil before it destroys her world.” -Goodreads
A wonderful continuation from Throne of Glass, despite the fact that I figured out the twist at the end, long before it was figured out by the characters. I find Maas’s novel to be original with it’s use of magic, and I need to find myself someone like Chaol. He is a list of adjectives that are entirely positive. The prince isn’t half-bad either. One aspect of this book I didn’t like was the massive amount of half-truths told that ultimately caused many relationships to change.
Overall I’m still giving the tale 5 stars for the addition factor, I read this one in about 2 days. The cliff-hanger had me rushing to Barnes & Noble to purchase the next book in the series, Heir of Fire, and the set of novellas, The Assassin’s Blade.