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Crown of Midnight

A Throne of Glass Novel
Written by: Sarah J. Maas
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (211 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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...

©2013 Sarah J. Maas (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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LOVE

Such a well written series with complex characters and a story line that continues on through all the books. Every book in this series was captivating. Wish there were more to read!! Buy it - you won't regret it if you love adventure and fantasy!

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reccomend

great for young adults who enjoy books like the hunger games and uglies series. lots of empowering adventure/action and then some romance. a little bit predictable

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Keeps Getting Better!

I have been listening to these audio books during my work commute. It is not hard to get lost in another world while traveling as this book was so amazing. I'm not really an assasin series officianado but this series is SO MUCH MORE. When around people I have to control myself from reacting out loud lol. The end of book 2 just blew my mind! Can't wait to see what happens next!!

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Worth the credit!

Although I wasn’t a huge fan of the introduction of the witches, I am looking forward to how everything plays itself out and intertwines in this amazing story. I was often stuck at the end of my seat as I read! I do not regret my purchase at all. Amazing series.

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I loved it so much!

200,000,00 out of 100,00,000 The narrarater is amazing!! The throne of glass sires is amazing

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Excellent!

I am in love with this series & only two books in! I have to read other books in between to make sure I don't finish them all in one go! The characters have depth in their personalities and there is no lack of intrigue from beginning to end.

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Loved it!

This book was well written and and kept me hooked from the start until the end. The narrator was great and gave the various characters just the right amounts of difference in their voices and tones. I can't wait until the next one in the series comes out, I will definitely be getting that audiobook too. #Audible1

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  • Jim
  • 2018-03-24

Feels like a Bridge

Another good book in the series, I personally didn't enjoy it as much as the first 2 but I still really enjoyed it. Each page I turn I get more attached to Celeana as a character, I look forward to the remaining books in the series.

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  • 2014-02-05

An addictive sequel

This installment brings drama, heartbreak, and game changing reveals as it ramps up the intensity. I loved the first book and am even more impressed with the sequel. How often can you say that?

In the first book, Throne of Glass, the world building is set up nicely and we get acquainted with the key players in the series. In the sequel Crown of Midnight, the author gets to have more fun with the characters and push some boundaries. The action, romance, and suspense build to higher levels of intensity. And excitingly, Celaena gets to strut her stuff as the assassin only hinted to in book one.

As the king’s champion/assassin, Celaena has to do his bidding, no questions asked, in order to earn her eventual freedom. She has some trusted allies in the kingdom including Chaol, the Captain of the Guard, Dorian, the crown prince, and Nehemia, a visiting Princess. This series has one of my favorite love triangles currently in YA, since I’m quite fond of both Chaol and Dorian. Depending on who your favorite is, you may be in for some pain as the romance takes a turn for the angst. (But there’s still more books in the series for the author to fix things, right?)

For me as a contemporary fan to rate a fantasy series 5-stars is pretty unusual. But man, I just eat these books up! Sarah J. Maas weaves a great story no matter what your preferred genre is. There are so many emotional highs and lows in this book that you know as a reader not to get too comfortable when things seem to be going too smoothly The plot moves in unexpected directions and effortlessly weaves magical elements into the story.

There is character development with all of the key players in this installment. Celaena is more confident, calculating and kick-ass when she needs to be, while also keeping her softer side. And there are new dimensions to explore in Chaol, Dorian and Nehemia in the sequel. There are so many surprises in this one that I just have to be vague about all the exciting developments in this one.

I again listened to the audiobook, performed by Elizabeth Evans. With all of the action in Crown of Midnight, Evans keeps up by reading with more intensity. She matches Celaena’s growth beat by beat and gets you good and wrapped up in the story. Evans makes all the characters sound unique and with their own personalities so there’s never any doubt as to who is speaking. She uses an appropriate tone for the romantic, action, and quiet scenes and reads with a brisk pace. This 12-hour audiobook just flew by and I was anxious to keep listening to it.

Be warned that this book ends with a big cliffhanger that will leave you clamoring for the sequel.

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  • Christa Creed
  • 2019-07-20

love this series!

Love this storyline! It's difficult atbtimes to hear the more whispered parts of the narration while driving, so have to turn volume up, then other portions are very loud...otherwise thoroughly enjoying this series.

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  • Falon
  • 2014-03-30

It got better!!!!

Celaena Sardothien is now the hated tyrant King's personal assassin. The King is sending Celaena out to kill anyone that may oppose his rule. As Celaena encounters people on the King's hit-list more information is revealed on how the King really gained his power. Celaena is faced with her past revealed and her future destiny, her relationship with the captain of the guard and the crown prince. This series is very well written and I alright pre-ordered the next book. Can't wait... this is a very credit worthy series!

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  • Joshua Mouch
  • 2017-02-06

More romance than anything else

If you buy this book because of the false comparisons to Game of Thrones, you might be disappointed. However, if you like romance novels, this might be a good read. It's the basic two guys fight over one girl formula.

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  • Naomi
  • 2016-10-23

Great Performance! okay story.

The woman who narrated the story was wonderful. She was animated and even changed her voice for each character so even when I wasn't fully paying attention I always knew who was talking.

i heard so many great things about this book, but honestly the story took way too long to get interesting. The love story in the first book was the main plot point, and for the first third of this one was a lot of the same with some exposition. It took so long to get to the action parts that I almost gave up on this book several times. This series so far is in my opinion only "kinda about an assassin and mainly about boys". I love strong female characters, but honestly the Celena described in the first book doesn't really match up with who she is supposed to be in this one. There was a big reveal about a few of the characters in this book and honestly I wasn't moved or blown away by it. i was confused, because I'm supposed to believe this character from the very beginning always knew who they were? it felt like it was supposed to be a big deal, but I honestly didn't care that much by then.
although I wasn't a fan of the overall story, I will be continuing on with the series because of the last two hours of this book. Finally Celena started acting like the assassin she's supposed to be, and all of the fall out emotionality and what is coming next have me interested enough to keep reading. too many people love this series for me to ignore it.

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  • RedheadHeroines
  • 2014-05-07

The word that sums up my feelings is... BLEGH.

I read and loved Throne of Glass (first book in the series) and was really looking forward to the sequel. Now I'm 90% sure I won't continue on to book #3.

Here's my main problem: all the problems I remember from book #1 are back in book #2, but even STRONGER than they were before.

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1. Celaena is a shallow main character.
2. Too many subplots.
3. Too many unexplained details.
4. Other main characters are insincere.

I guess I could sum up all these problems into one larger, global problem with the writing: Just because there's this really cool new fantasy world and a super badass heroine and other "cool" things in these books (princes! magic! monsters!) doesn't make me BELIEVE IN THEM. I need good writing for that. I need the author to give me characters who have more merit than the fact that I am told she is totally badass and cool. I need to see her being better than this, I need to connect with her.

And in Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight, connect with Celaena I did not. (Actually, connect with ANY of the characters I did not.)

An example of a book series that does this infinitely better is Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor. Never once does she have to say outright that her characters are funny or brave or richly layered or very human despite their non-humanness; She makes us believe it first, and I feel like Crown of Midnight throws all the coolness at you before you actually believe in the coolness.

NOTE on the Audiobook: I thought the performance was just okay. The narrator has a very snarky reading style that wears on you after a while. Plus, since she read the entire novel in the same tone, it all became a bit... boring. Tedious. Blegh. Just listen to the sample before you buy and imagine that same tone the entire 15 hours or so!!

All in all, I'm very disappointed and wish I would've spent my credit on something else.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2019-12-27

Main Character Intelligence Level

I just hate when an author uses the stupidity of the MC to drive the plot line. Slight spoiler!!!!!!! It must take an average intelligence to be a successful assasin. So why in the world would someone trust a low life person who works at an admittedly scummy carnival with secrets that has the potential to destroy the world?? Just sayin

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  • Hairykungfu
  • 2019-06-25

Great fantasy that will leave you on edge.

The fantasy story was so great and the reader was exceptional at her job. Each story has left me on edge and ready for the next book.

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  • Rebecca
  • 2019-05-06

Be prepared

Be prepared for a good first third and then for the rest of the book to be tedious and annoying, chuck full of self-pity and annoying back and forth love triangle nonsense.

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  • Dan
  • 2017-04-25

Say What?

Hahaha! most feared assassin and she can't kill? what's up with that? first book was great but now she is a soft heart assassin who can't kill because of moral issues? I'm not impressed!

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