Mini Reviews: Crown of Midnight and The Assassin’s Blade

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Fun Fact: I am in a book club that has decided to read the ENTIRE Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas. Every week we read 200-300 pages of the series and discuss it together. It’s really fun getting everyone’s reactions and predictions. I know for a fact I probably would not have read the entire series if it was not for this fantastic group and I am forever grateful for them.

With a series seven books deep, it is quite hard to review without spoilers. WELL, HAVE NO FEAR! I have come up with a solution. In order to AVOID spoilers (as I did not do very well with my original TOG review – more on that later), I will showcase mini reviews for the remaining six books. Today you will receive two reviews, double the Sarah J Maas and twice the amount of action.

Mini Review No. 1: Crown of Midnight (TOG #2)

You can read the full synopsis here: Crown of Midnight, but be forewarned. If you have NOT read Throne of Glass (TOG #1), the recap to Crown of Midnight is a bit spoilery which is why I am not displaying it here.

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

After reading Crown of Midnight, I am still not sold on the entire Throne of Glass series.

What I like:
* Celaena is still a straight up bad-ass.
* The love triangle between Celaena, Chaol and Dorian rings true with teenagers with one bowing out or two forcing one to chose. I will not divulge what scenario happens here.
* The theme of friendship between Calaena and Nehemia / Chaol and Dorian.
* For a bit, Celaena felt happy.

What I dislike:
* It’s a slow moving plot until about two-thirds into the book.
* It doesn’t feel like a true SJM book yet.
* If it wasn’t for a few that I trust, I probably would have quit the series by now.

But it gets better or so I am told. And the ending of this one is definitely predictable but explosive. Therefore, I shall continue…..

Mini Review No. 2: The Assassin’s Blade (TOG #.01-.05)

Synopsis: Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan’s most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin’s Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas – together in one edition – Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn’s orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Genre: Young Adult / Fantasy

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

This book is actually FIVE novellas that are a prequel to the entire Throne of Glass Series. Our group decided to read it after Crown of Midnight.

What I like:
* The fact that I wanted to throw the book across the room in the last story is what pushed this book from a 3 star to a 4 star book. Up until this point, I have read TOG and COM. Neither has given me any emotional connection like this one has.
* This prequel gives a lot of back story and fills in a few missing plot points within the entire TOG series.
* We meet SAM. I love Sam.
* There was more world building is these short stories.
* We get some awesome fight scenes.

What I dislike:
* There is still zero magic (or what feels like zero magic).
* I know it is pivotal to the story but Arobynn’s treatment of Celaena is brutal. It is definitely violent. I just can’t stand by that. It’s domestic violence and it is not normal nor OK.

Overall, I have found myself looking forward to the rest of the series now!

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One last note before you go, if you really want to read my review of Throne of Glass, I will provide you the link in one moment. Reader, this was one of the first reviews on my blog. It is not the best, it has the potential to have spoilers as I didn’t know what the heck I was originally doing and it lacks color and graphics. Still want to see it? OK, fine but consider yourself warned: Throne of Glass.

Have you read either Crown of Midnight or The Assassin’s Blade? Did you love it? Hate it? Let me know!

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