Friday, 6 December 2013
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Goodreads Summary : 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?
My Rating : 5 of 5 stars
My Thoughts : Crown of Midnight was an example of how a brilliant sequel should be, considering the recent fallout of follow-ups. Not only well-written, but executed with better eloquence. Where ToG had some of its demerits, I daresay, CoM has hardly any. It’s what I call a great successor to its pioneer.
The story of Celaena Sardothien continues with new turns and twists; it suck you in, dribble you out, and leave you stumbling on your feet with weight of a broken heart in you chest. And finally did she grew up, like she should have been in ToG, after spending more than a year in salt mines. CoM added loads of depth to her character, a bridge that connects her lost past and future to come.
Celaena wasn’t anymore the girl with fascination for pretty gowns and dazzling jewels. She changed into something entirely different, something beyond the mortal understanding of those who knew her. And back was the assassin I wanted to see.
“She was a beautiful wraith - and when she looked at him, it was like she didn't even know who he was.”
She gave the king a semblance of loyalty, causing her heart to torn between her duty and love. Choosing to live a double life, lying to those she cares for most wasn’t exactly easy for her. She had her flaws, she did things she shouldn't have, made decision she regretted later, and these were all what made her look realistic, believable and easy to contend with.
Character wise, I had nothing to say about Chaol. He was, and always had been, my favourite boy. The man with dignity, with care, with skill that made him worthy than any male character I had recently crossed path with.
But for Dorian, I have plenty to say. In ToG he was a one dimensional flat character, a lovesick puppy wagging tails behind Celaena, pallid in comparison to Chaol. Now, I’m really, really surprised to see the amount of development in his characterization, his growth from the shadows of his ruthless father into man of his decisions. ToG left me wondering how Dorian is going to stand out as such weak character, but here, proving me wrong, he turned out to be the spine to the story’s structural skeleton.
Once again, I would like point, how better this book was. Not only plot wise, but also the writing improved by standard. I must say, Sarah J. Mass became the magician who wove words with such a grace that it built a magical world itself.
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