*Review* Throne of Glass & Crown of Midnight Sarah J. Maas

Welcome, welcome 2014. Looking forward to a year full of wonderful reading, some brilliant books, hopefully some new authors and some great reviews. I am starting it off with a bang, I’ve got two reviews for you today 😀

I was a little incognito over the Christmas holiday, I finally got to read Throne of Glass AND Crown of Midnight……no small feat considering I had a bazillion things going on. I have to say, I really do live under a rock!!!! My daughter Laura has been recommending these for a long time now (I really do need to listen to her more, she has never recommended a book or three that I haven’t absolutely loved.

These were no exception!!

Throne of Glass

Synopsis:

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.

My Review: 4.5 Stars out of 5 *****

The book starts off with our heroine Celaena Sardothien, who at the time was doing hard labor in the salt mines after being betrayed and captured by the King. She is brought before Prince Dorian, who offers her a deal….be his champion and win the right to be the king’s assassin and ultimately be set free.

Celaena doesn’t much care to do the king’s bidding, but she does want to be free. Reluctantly she agrees, while eyeing up her possible chance of escape. Celaena, I loved her from the get go. What was not to like? She is sharp, sassy and deadly. She is also extremely beautiful, with a dark, secret past that is tantalizingly dropped in through out the story.

Who is she really, why were her parents murdered and more importantly why did Arobynn Hamel train her to be Ardalan’s Assassin? Under the watchful eye of the Captain of the Guard Chaol Westfall she is taken to the glass palace where she will train, then fight the 23 other champions to become the king’s assassin.

I loved the world building, character developing, fantasy driven everything. What I loved the most is Celaena’s ability to be human, she might slit your throat in a heart beat but she also loves the dresses she gets to wear, the candy she gets to devour and she has a heart.

All is not what it seems however, champions are beginning to die. Horrible, horrible deaths. Cain, a rival is getting stronger and Celaena is seeing the ghost of a long dead queen who has a huge task for her. In the middle of all that, Prince Dorian has begun to notice just how beautiful she really is, inside and out. So has Captain Westfall.

There is everything in this book, love, hate, greed and power. Legends and fables and long dead Fae. Can Celaena solve the deaths, oust her rivals and stop herself from loving a Prince she can never have, before its too late?

Can she really trust Nehemia, the gorgeous and mysterious princess from Eyllwe? It was a wowzer from start to finish. I was team Dorian, then team Westfall, then back again so many times my head spun. In the end I just became team Celaena….The ending left me breathless and begging for more.

Truly splendid.

Crown of Midnight

Synopsis:

She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.
But does she have the heart of a killer?

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. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade – while pretending to do the king’s bidding – will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn’t the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she’s made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple…

My Review: 5 out of 5 Stars *****

Holy mother of assassins. I started the second right after I had finished the first. It had me right from the first sentence, where Celaena, now the king’s assassin is on a mission. A mission of death. Prince Dorian is trying to adjust that he and Celaena are just friends & Captain Westfall is trying to fight his feelings for our beloved protagonist.

Nothing in this book is what it seems, Celaena is keeping secrets, the dark type that will get her killed and probably all those around her. Princess Nehemia is also keeping secrets. In fact they all are!!

There is a movement growing, one that wants to bring back the court of Terrasen, one the king wants to extinguish. So, despite the book starting off well enough it was a little slow in the first half. However it did have a lot of character building and expansion. We do see a side to Celaena that I was loving as her friendship and feelings grow for the beloved Captain *jiggy dance*

There is also a new threat to the palace, and again Queen Elena charges her with finding and destroying it. Around 45% into the book it all goes to hell in a hand basket. There is a kidnapping, a murderous plot and Celaena, who up until know has managed to out smart the king by not giving into her murderous training.

Then crud happens (I wanted to use a stronger word…) and Celaena’s beast is unleashed. I was like “WTH just happened…..woah” and the book took on a pace that couldn’t be stopped.Friendships were broken, secrets that had to be kept in order to survive were exposed and bloody hell the twists and turns, the double crossing and lies all come spilling out like a sewer pipe breaking.

I couldn’t breathe for about 30% of the book, who was Dorian? Who really was Archer and why could Celaena open portals? I would never have guessed the ending of this book but when it came it was bigger than the fireworks on the fourth of July.

What has Westfall done? What will the king do when he finds out? More importantly what will Celaena do with the knowledge of who she really is? Ms Maas has created an explosive fantasy world that just keeps on getting better and better…….

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