Happy Wednesday everyone!
Today is part 1 of my buddy read with Kathy at Books & Munches and Alex at Coffee Loving Bookaholic’s for Crown of Midnight (book 2 in the Throne of Glass series).We have made it through part 1 of the book and have been discussing what we love so far! For those who are reading with us, please join the discussion in the comments!
For those who have not read book 1 yet (or book 2), please use caution, as there will be spoilers ahead.
Book Title: Crown of Midnight
Book Author: Sarah J. Maas
Good Reads Synopsis: An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt but her heart never wavers
Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become the King’s Champion. But she is far from loyal to the crown. Though she hides her secret vigilantly, her deadly charade becomes difficult when she realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. No one is above questioning her allegiance—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then, one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie … and whom she is willing to fight for.
My Thoughts So Far:
I am loving book 2 in this series so far. I am enjoying it much more than book 1 (though I really loved Throne of Glass), and I am so surprised at all the twists and turns I keep finding! Maas has a superb writing style! She is able to capture story recap from the previous book without it being awkward or feeling forced. She has a way of making certain things feel predictable, but then twisting them so they are still unpredictable!
We have some familiar characters from book 1, that have stayed true to who they are. And we have some new characters that fit right in to the story, and add depth and intrigue. We have a few characters with secrets and surprises, and we have a seemless continuation of the story lines from the previous book.
There is so much passion in this book. Crown of Midnight has a lot of depth and jaw dropping moments. And, that ending to part 1, I have no words! I am so glad we decided to continue with the series and I cannot wait to keep reading this book!
Favorite Quote So Far:
“Concealed beneath a black mask and hood, she willed herself to melt in to the shadows, to become nothing more than a slip of darkness.”
Q & A with Alex:
Me: What was your reaction to Celaena’s secret about her assassination targets?
Alex: I was happy! I really didn’t think, that she you could go through with it! And I am happy that I was right. Somehow it would have destroyed my picture of her, if she just went through with the assassinations.
Me: I found it really intriguing. It made me love her even more, and has me wondering if she was doing this before she was enslaved.
Me: 2. Did you suspect Nehemia in the plot against the king?
Alex: In fact i did. Somehow all the talks that Nehemia had with Celaena gave me a strange feeling. Somehow I felt, that Nehemia had secrets, she didn’t want to say and that made her suspicious. I still liked her and Celaena but I had this weird feeling in my stomach. And I was right.
Me: I did indeed. She was so full of secrets and intrigue from the moment we met her. It was definitely set up for us to be suspicious of Nehemia, but I did not expect what came of it.
Me: What are your feelings toward Roland at the moment?
Alex: He’s bad news. Definitely. I guess he is written that way on purpose. That we think he is bad and that something will happen. I am not sure, what’s his deal, but I don’t like him and I hope, that he will behave. But this is Sarah J. Maas, so you never know!
Me: I definitely don’t trust him, but I am now wondering if he is going to turn out to be an ally. I have learned to expect the unexpected with the obvious with Maas.
Make sure to head over to Alex’s blog at Coffee Loving Bookaholic to see her post and to read her half of the Q & A! Also, keep your eyes in the comment section of both posts for Kathy at Books & Munches to join in!
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