Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (August 27, 2013)
Rating: 3 stars
Cover Rating: False advertising
She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But where will her conscience, and her heart, lead her?
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 willing to fight for?
For those who don’t know Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. A series that is supposed to be the best fantasy series within the YA literary world. Sorry but I disagree. I should have stuck with my guns and not even bother with this series but I fell for the hype and broke down and brought the first three books in the series so that I could read them in time for Queen of Shadows. As you can see that didn’t work out so well. Regardless I’m in no rush to continue with this series but I will finish it. I believe there are two more books to be release, making Throne of Glass a six book series. Which I have an opinion about that but I will discuss that a bit later. Let’s move on to my thoughts on CoM.
First off, Celaena ain’t no assassin. Although that is the way that she is marketed to the masses. But I don’t see it. You mean to tell me that Celaena Sardothian is the most fearsome, smartest, super-human assassin that everyone is suppose to cower in fear yet most of the time she is playing dress up and going shopping. Not only that but she’s scared of witches and don’t have the guts to do the job she is assigned to. Pretty much instead of killing her victims she lets them fake their own deaths and set them free. Not knowing if that decision will bite her in the ass later on.
Secondly, home girl stay talking shit about how she can do this and that. And I’m like bitch show me. Cause honey I have not seen her kill anyone yet. And that accidently death doesn’t count. Seriously, the Throne of Glass series should not have been marketed to YA if you’re going to keep everything Pg-13. Assassins are trained killers who don’t give a fuck about anyone but themselves. Their morals are questionable at best and quite frankly they’re not going to have room in their hearts for boyfriends and best friends.
That is one thing that I can’t wrap my head around. Celaena just opens her heart to anybody. Sorry but if I went through the horrors that Celaena went through, only to work for the person that put me there in the first place, I’m not going to be in the mood to make friends. At least not yet. And don’t even think about developing feelings. I’m wounded. I can’t trust no one but myself. I may play nice but you best believe I will slit your throat if you look at me the wrong way. At least that is what I hope Celaena would have been like.
Anyways, I say all that to say that Celeana is nothing but a little girl playing pretend. She’s pretending to be this bad ass. She’s pretending to be this smart, strong and caring person when in actuality she is an egotistical, shallow and narcissistic person. In short I don’t like her ass.
As for the other characters, Dorian is still bland as vanilla pudding and I could care less what happens to his ass. There’s no connections whatsoever. Just a lot of angst that gets annoying quick. No personal growth on his part.
Now Chaol on the other is my baby bro and I will stab any bitch that breaks his heart or do him dirty. Yes he’s loyal to a fault and eventually that will be his down fall but there is something about him that puts me in protective mode. Yet at the same time I still trying to figure out how the hell he became the captain of the guard when he only killed one person—Cain in book 1. That death really fucked him up in a bad way. Okay I know killing someone is easy and it shouldn’t but I would think that protecting the future would require more experience. I don’t care if Chaol is my best friend, I wouldn’t want his ass protecting me if death makes him queasy. Sorry not sorry.
Nehemia is the character that truly makes sense to me. I actually believe that she is a princess of a war torn country that is trying everything in her power to get revenge for her people. To get them free of their bonds (slavery).The only thing I hate is that she has the magical Negro vibe. How many times do I need to read or see the black/brown secondary character show the “white” savior the way? Knowing all that there is about the magic of old and the way of the land and all that bs. Only to get killed off by the author. Yeah I hate that shit.
Overall, Crown of Midnight and the whole Throne of Glass series is nothing but mediocre YA fantasy. This is my opinion and how I feel. I think what Sarah J. Maas is doing is the same thing that Cassandra Clare did or is doing with TMI—making this series nothing more than a money grab. People aren’t going to like me for saying that but there you have it. I can see if this was a great piece of fantasy work with phenomenal writing, well developed characters and mind-blowing world building, then I wouldn’t have a problem with 6 books but so far, the first two books were meh, and I don’t see how the other 4 books are going to pan out.
Now some of you might think I’m being overly critical or nitpicking but I’ve been reading fantasy for the last 17 years. I know what I like and what I expect from fantasy and the Throne of Glass series is not living up to my expectations. Maybe my 16 yr old self might have thought differently….but then again I was reading Terry Brooks and The Shannara Trilogy.
So send me good vibes cause Heir of Fire is my next read follow by Queen of Shadows.