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Buddy Read Discussion Part 2: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Spoilers Ahead)

Happy Sunday everyone!

Today is part 2 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 2 books in the series now, 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.

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The Book:

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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.

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My Thoughts For Part 2:

Well, if we have learned anything, it is that Maas is a master at distraction and unpredictability. She finds ways to make you suspect one person or event and then surprises you with another. She also has a way of making you think something will be unpredictable, and then it turns out predictable, and still surprises you!

Part 2 was pretty crazy! I had suspicions that what had happened to Nehemia was faked, and my suspicions turned out wrong. I was busy waiting for something to come of Roland, and was slightly blindsided by Archer. I was expecting Celaena to be overly angry at Chaol until at least book 3, and found hope for their relationship at the end. And, I was not expecting an exchanging of secrets between Dorian and Celaena.

Emotions were flying high in this one. The action did build a little, and the plot twists were unpredictable. It seems that each book gets better than the last, so I am really looking forward to reading book 3!!

Celaena is my favorite. She is so bad ass, and still emotionally vulnerable inside. I can’t wait to see what happens to her in the next few books! I am completely team Chaol at this moment too, but still wouldn’t mind an interlude with Dorian. The only thing that is sticking in my mind though is the fact that she knows who she is, and I guess I was expecting her to not know and be told by an outside character.

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Q & A with Alex:

Me: How did you feel about Celaena attacking Chaol?

Alex: It honestly broke my heart. I knew, that she was mad and that she snapped and he was the only one in that moment, that she wanted to punish because she thought it was his fault. But it broke my heart, because I knew, that they won’t get back together after that. 😦

Me: I think Celaena wouldn’t have been herself if she hadn’t taken her anger out on Chaol. It doesn’t mean I liked it at all. It broke my heart to see her get so angry with him and to see the rift between them, but I understood it.

Me: 2. What did you think about Celaena’s scuffle with the witch?

Alex: That was such a creepy scene. I really liked it, because we got some information and i really liked, that we got some answers. But it was thrilling, because of the fight they had and also the brutality.

Me: I thought it was interesting. It felt like a bonus scene that just fit in the story. I never would have expected the witch to be so brutal and violent, but knowing why she was there in the first place made it make more sense. 

Me:  Did you suspect Archer at all?

Alex: Somehow I did. I wanted to believe, that he was innocent. I also thought, that he was somehow involved. But I didn’t think, that he was the one who kidnapped Chaol and also responsible for what happened to Nehemia. But there had to be a villain. Somehow it was too easy, how Nehemia’s fate resolved.

Me: I definitely wasn’t surprised that he wasn’t innocent, but I don’t think I 100% suspected him of being involved in Nehemia’s fate.

Me:  How did you feel about not finding out about Roland?

Alex: It was totally ok for me, because I was busy with all that other stuff happening. I think, he will play a bigger part later and I am glad, when we come back to him. But I was happy, that he stayed a mystery.

Me: I definitely wish we had found out a little more about him in this book. I think he may have been a distraction to try to keep us from seeing Archer’s true guilt, but I think he may come back in a later book too.

Me:  Do you have hope for Chaol and Celaena after the ending?

Alex: Yes I do. I need to, haha. I know in my heart, that I want them to be together. I just love Chaol. I don’t know, what will happen, but her words, that she’ll always pick him, made my heart warm and I have high hopes, that she will get back to those words.

Me: I do too! I wasn’t expecting for her to soften to him again in the same book, but I always had hope that their feelings were strong enough that she would see that it was never his fault!

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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11 thoughts on “Buddy Read Discussion Part 2: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Spoilers Ahead)

  1. Me: How did you feel about Celaena attacking Chaol?
    I understood her actions as well. It’s her way of coping with things and Chaol had the biggest disadvantage since he had hidden vital information from her. If only he hadn’t put his duties first, things would’ve been different. Unfortunately, he does take his duties as Captain of the Guard really, really seriously. Which was not a good thing at that point. Not at all.

    Me: 2. What did you think about Celaena’s scuffle with the witch?
    Agreed! CREEPY! I got chills, in a good way, since I liked it, haha.
    I also loved that we got a glimpse of the history of the whole world. I’m really curious to find out how those witches will be incorporated in the story again. They’ll definitely be out for revenge!

    Me: Did you suspect Archer at all?
    I thought he was involved, but I never suspected it to be in such a giant way. He seemed too good and submissive for that. Turned out to be the other way around. *sigh*

    Me: How did you feel about not finding out about Roland?
    I’m so sure he’ll be back! It’s like a loose string left at the end of a book. It has to get tied up somewhere! Definitely curious to find out what his place in all of it will be though.
    Also wondering whether he’ll end up influencing Dorian or not..

    Me: Do you have hope for Chaol and Celaena after the ending?
    I’m seeing Celaena as a very stubborn and proud person. She won’t be forgiving him immediately. Like, she’ll want to, but she’ll have a ridiculously hard time achieving it. They’ll end up together in the end, but I think they’ll have their share of struggles along the way!

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    1. 1. I think he is such a good man, that he may be too good of a man, as far as his duty to his king goes. At least there is hope still.

      2. I think Maas has a great way of sneaking that history in so that we don’t feel bombarded with it. It was a nice touch!

      3. Agreed. He didn’t strike me as the type to plan the assassination.

      4. I am wondering that myself. I think he will be back and may not be as open of a villain as we initially thought.

      5. I have hope. Just the fact that she told him she would always choose him was enough for me at the end.

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