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Crown of Midnight: 2 (Throne of Glass) [Paperback]

Sarah J. Maas
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15 Aug 2013 Throne of Glass (Book 2)

Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful - the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King's contest and became his champion, Celaena has been granted neither her liberty nor the freedom to follow her heart. The slavery of the suffocating salt mines of Endovier that scarred her past is nothing compared to a life bound to her darkest enemy, a king whose rule is so dark and evil it is near impossible to defy. Celaena faces a choice that is tearing her heart to pieces: kill in cold blood for a man she hates, or risk sentencing those she loves to death. Celaena must decide what she will fight for: survival, love or the future of a kingdom. Because an assassin cannot have it all . . . And trying to may just destroy her.

Love or loathe Celaena, she will slice open your heart with her dagger and leave you bleeding long after the last page of this New York Times bestselling sequel, in what is undeniably THE hottest new fantasy series.


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (15 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1408834944
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408834947
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.2 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I believe the word "unputdownable" was created for this very book (Praise for 'Throne of Glass', Once Upon a Time)

Without a doubt the best fantasy book I have ever read in my life (Praise for 'Throne of Glass', K-Books)

Packed with brilliant, intelligent and witty characters, corrupted rulers, dark and good magic alike. The world-building is incredible, and the plot promises something even greater from the sequel . . . This is not one to be missed (Praise for 'Throne of Glass', Pen to Paper)

Like Cinderella's love story and the action and competition of The Hunger Games, handsome princes, ball gowns and deathly masquerade balls? Then this is the book for you! This book is going to be HUGE! (Praise for 'Throne of Glass', Dark Readers)

A rich and powerful sequel that will be loved by Throne of Glass fans everywhere! (Praise for 'Crown of Midnight', Bookworm Blogger)

Enthralling and well-paced, exhilarating and wonderfully-written (Praise for 'Crown of Midnight', Realm of Fiction)

With an ending that left me gaping in shock, my heart battered and my knuckles white, Crown of Midnight was a brilliant sequel and I can't wait to be back in Celaena's world again (Praise for 'Crown of Midnight', So Many Books, So Little Time)

There are seriously no words to explain how epic this book was. I am still sat here completely reeling from the ending and my head is just spinning from all the epic awesomeness that happened (Praise for 'Crown of Midnight', K-Books)

The plot is riddled with intrigue, and the fighting comes thick and fast. Crown of Midnight does not disappoint! (Praise for 'Crown of Midnight', Dark Readers)

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A deal always comes at a price, and assassin Celaena Sardothien has made a deal with the very man who took away everything she loved . . . Can she live with that? 2012's hottest YA Fantasy debut novel, Throne of Glass, just got competition - its sequel! Action-packed, heart-wrenching, fantastically addictive and not to be missed!

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great world building and characters.. 30 July 2013
By Michelle Moore TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Throne of Glass, book 1, is a YA fantasy which appeals, in my opinion, to all ages. It centres on Celeana, who is taking from imprisonment and entered into a competition to become the King's Champion, ie his assassin.If this one has caught your eye but you haven't read Throne of Glass, go do so straight away!

Crown of Glass is a brilliant follow on book - it takes you straight back into Celeana's world. I felt no need to go back and read Throne of Glass, as it soon all came back to me. The world building and the characters continues to be fantastic, and I still love Chaol and Nehemia. The focus is more towards the magic etc which started to show in the 1st book, with some interesting concepts and ideas.

One important aspect for me is that Sarah focuses on relationships and friendships, rather than romance - there's no twilight type adoration (sorry Twilight fans!) but rather strong but complex relationships. I really cared about Celeana's various relationships, and my heart suffered throughout certain incidences!

This is a highly recommended series, with, I believe, a few more yet to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buy this immediately! 4 Dec 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The second instalment of this series begins with Celaena undertaking her new job as King's Champion by assassinating those who have earned the King's displeasure. Through this she comes into contact with some people from her past. I would definitely recommend reading the e-novellas before reading this, just to meet anyone who appears in this book. I didn't read them until I had finished this book and it really felt like I was reading a series backwards, spoiling all the characters I met in Crown of Midnight but should have met in the novellas.

My favourite character, understandably, is Celaena. Sarah J Maas has written a perfect character in my opinion. Celaena is perfect in her imperfections. She is a kick-ass assassin that could hold her own in a fight with any man in this series, but still manages to be a shopaholic like an average teenager. When I am reading these books I always feel like Celaena could be a friend with mine. A character I can connect with as much as I can with Celaena is a rare thing! I love how she made mistakes in many ways, such as judging too harshly in some situations and letting her anger get the better of her. She is a fully fleshed out character that is utterly lovable even as you plead with her in your head not to do certain things or say certain things.

(This review seems far too vague but it's either this or a spoilerific review!)

Chaol, Celaena's love interest (unless of course you're a Dorian fan, in which case you couldn't be more wrong! Team Chaol all the way!) becomes a lot becomes a much more fleshed out character in this book, something which added quite a bit to the story over all.

There were no other characters featured heavily.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first! 15 Aug 2014
Format:Paperback
This was a phenomenal sequel that cemented my love of this series! It far surpassed any expectations I had and sent me from fan territory to fangirl territory. I was truly a mess after reading this.

The writing was flawless, the plot so intricately twisted and complex and, best of all, if I ever doubted Celaena's ferociousness, this book fixed that. She was ruthless, murderous, and fantastically so. Plus I was so glad her background was finally revealed, as it explained so much about her character and really helped to fill in some gaps!

I also appreciated that Dorian's character didn't fall to the wayside and was given a VERY interesting sub-plot of his own. But, I have to admit, Chaol and Celaena were my favourite thing. I was happy to see their relationship as a balance to all of the bloodshed and backstabbing that was filling the pages. They shine individually, but together they make for a fantastic team who bounce off of each other so well, making each scene with the two of them an absolute delight to read.

Magic is a lot more present in this. It's woven delicately into each chapter, remaining a mysterious and enigmatic thing that we, along with the characters, regard as both dangerous and mesmerising.

This book was so full of heartbreak and brilliantly gory action, that I didn't know what to do with myself after it was done. Except maybe cry into my pillow as I counted down the days until Heir of Fire.

Favourite quote: "To escape death, she'd become death."

Overall rating: 5/5 little birdies

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5.0 out of 5 stars An epic read in all respects 21 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Crown of Midnight was an epic read in all respects. What I loved about the first book was all here and MORE. There was more world building, more character development, more magic, more surprises, and just generally more awesome. For a high fantasy lover like me, this wasn't the fantasy-light of Throne of Glass and I loved it for that.

At the end of the first book, Celaena was appointed the King’s Champion and is now being sent off to do assassin-like things to whoever the King decrees…or does she? Sarah J. Maas once again gives us the perfect balanced heroine in Celaena. She’s ruthless, but caring, frivolous, but business-like, loving, but heartless when she needs to be. What she went through in this story was incredible and I admire Celaena so much for it.

What’s stopping me from giving it full marks was the slow beginning. I’m probably in the minority here but I had lukewarm feelings about the romance at the start. I do love Chaol and Celaena, but the full on romance jolted me as it felt like a happy ending too soon into the story. I totally understood why it had to start out that way and it was sweet reading but I was honestly a bit bored. Also, I’m trying not to be petty but I basically missed Dorian throughout the first half of the book as I enjoyed a lot of his and Celaena’s banter and relationship in Throne of Glass. I was glad when he eventually became part of the story again and gave us some much needed charm towards the end. His character development was great and I love how much he’s developing his own mysteries and purpose in the story.

Then THAT happened. I was completely blown away by it and it hit me like a bucket of cold water. Instantly my interest in the story grew tenfold. All the characters were tested to their limits.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing!
I couldn't put this book down. I thought the first one was good but wow! Amazing you must buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EASY FANTASY READ
I love this book, it was inspired by Cinderella so there is a wee bit of a underlying love story but over all, this book is a really good read and im so happy that the author wants... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Catriona
4.0 out of 5 stars Confucius
It's got me hooked. When's the next one coming.
PS. Celaena, choose guy already, please find a girl to the one you don't choose.
Published 9 days ago by Iona Carmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously, just read it!
Amazing...again. In this book you get a lot more of the story before the assassin, and it is so gripping! i love the drama sooo much!! I can't even explain it. Read more
Published 16 days ago by jay johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant story, can't wait for the 3rd one
Superb book, brilliant story, can't wait for the 3rd one.
Published 22 days ago by Mrs A K Donoghue
5.0 out of 5 stars This series gets better and better
I was not expecting a lot when i started this book, but the story slowly drew me in as the story deepens and becomes more complex. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Frankie Poxton
5.0 out of 5 stars sooooooo good
I couldn't put this down it is written so well it has everything you could ask for and sets the scenes so well there were points which made shivers go down you spine and for a... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Miss Lesley Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series. Can't wait for this author to create more.
Published 1 month ago by Miss K. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Grabs you, reels you in and holds you tight!
INITIAL THOUGHTS
The one thing bothering me about this one is that it's such a long time since I read Book One. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sanz
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I loved the tension in the story and I was reading it whenever I could.
Calena is one of my favourite heroines ever and I will never forget her and her EGO
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