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Crown of Midnight

A Throne of Glass Novel
Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Throne of Glass, Book 2
Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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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...

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spellbinding

a sweeping epic, addictive storytelling and endless twists and turns. LOVING this series.
Only negative is i wish they had used a different narrator, she alternates randomly between whispering and then shouting...it can be physical painfull to listen too with earbuds. ouch. constantly turning volume up and down.

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Great book

The book is great, I really enjoyed it. The narrator is difficult to listen to... She sounds very immature and is either yelling at you or whispering so you can't hear her, very disconcerting. I don't think I heard one word Nehemia said, such a shame.

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Crown of Midnight will keep you enthralled

If you could sum up Crown of Midnight in three words, what would they be?

Awesome, engaging, addictive

Who was your favorite character and why?

Celaena Sardothien is an awesome heroine she is a hard as nails assassin but still retains her humanity. You will fall in love with her.

What about Elizabeth Evans’s performance did you like?

Elizabeth Evans performance is flawless and had me wanting more

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

She fights for her life, freedom, family and kingdom, she is Celaena Sardothien!

Any additional comments?

Crown of Midnight is a must read Sarah J Maas is an exceptional author and leaves you wanting more. I highly recommend the Throne of Glass series for anyone who love fantasy.

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Such an awesome book!

Yet again I have not been disappointed! I would highly recommend this, it’s an amazing addition to this series.

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Great for Sarah J Maas

I’ve read all her ACOTAR series, and whilst I enjoyed them, I wouldn’t say they were good. This book is actually almost pretty good. I was very impressed.

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Kings Champion

After winning the contest and becoming the Kings Champion Celaena Sardothien is doing everything that is being demanded of her, meaning she's killing people that are not following on the King's ways. Now home after her latest mission with head in tow, she is already given a new target: Archer Finn, former crush and friend from the time when she was part of the Assassin’s Guild. But it turns out, she's not killing her targets as she’s told to, but faking their deaths. If someone discovers this secret she won’t be the only one in danger Chaol and Nehemia will be killed. But Celaena may be the Kings Champion but she won’t be his Assassin. But this target the stakes are higher, Archer is a well-known figure in Rifthold and faking his death may not be an option.

More secrets are revealed, new bonds and friends are made. Things between Chaol and Celaena heat up and become more then friends as a relationship is started. But when lies and secrets and revealed things are going to destroy what normalcy of a life that Celaena has created and may just break her.

Dorian and Celaena continue to stay friends but as Chaol and and Celaena grow closer the bond between Dorian and Chaol start to thin and split. I wasn’t a fan of of this connection to start if between Chaol and Celaena as I felt bad for Dorian but I understand that Dorian was young and not what Chaol needed to help her grow. But I still feel that Chaol is just a fill in that her true lobe is to still come and can’t wait to see who that is when he comes. Celaena is a sting and independent woman and she needs someone she can trust 100% and that won’t take her crap or bow to her.

When things go horribly wrong and the lives of her friends are in trouble Celaena must let her biggest secret out to help save them, even if it is the one thing that may ruin what is left of the friendship they have left. After Celaena shows her true self to Chaol to save him he is willing to sacrifice himself to save her by giving himself to his father to get her away from the king. But is it the right thing to do, once he finds out the whole truth?

My heart breaks for Dorian, so much happens for him in this book and he doesn’t know what to do or who to turn to. But when he finally finds that he can trust his friends, they still keeps secrets from him and he doesn’t know why to understands why.

Thank you for all that you have done for me, Dorian. Thank you for being my friend. For not being like the others.”

“I’ll come back,” she said quietly. “I’ll come back for you.”

Celaena Sardothien is Aelin Galathynius

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Great book

I absolutely love anything by Sarah J Maas and this book did not disappoint. I also loved the voice acting in this.

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Great story, narrator a little annoying

Love this series, though unfortunately I found kept finding myself quite irritated by the narrator. She does a good job, but I just can't seem to put my finger on what it is that I didn't like. There were many times when I had to stop listening.

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Binge listening

Once again, I lost myself in the magic. Sarah J. Maas is an incredible writer.

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fantastic book and perfect narrator

this is the third time though this book but first time audio. I really enjoyed it. I've just had it playing while I paint which I think is the best time. narrated more or less perfectly. now I want the next one.

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  • Christa Bourg
  • 20-07-2019

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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  • The Reading Date
  • 05-02-2014

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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  • Falon
  • 30-03-2014

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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  • RedheadHeroines
  • 07-05-2014

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.

Examples:
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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  • Hairykungfu
  • 25-06-2019

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
  • 06-05-2019

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
  • 25-04-2017

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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  • Naomi
  • 23-10-2016

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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  • ty
  • 01-04-2016

Ok

The first two books in this series have had some very good and interesting elements, that being said.. The writing is extremely unrefined with large holes in character development, and plot flow. I find many of the characters not believable, and not diverse at all. lastly the climactic parts (mostly fights, and battles) are clunky, and fall flat on their face.
Many more details I could complain about, however I will say the world the author is building is large and always growing and becoming more interesting. I feel the authors writing has improved overall from the first book and I am hopefully that it will continue to improve with the rest of the series.
Overall I would not recommend this series to a friend unless they ran through books very quickly and in large quantities like myself.
humbly -T

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  • Francesca Scopelliti
  • 22-07-2015

Good follow up

Not my favourite fantasy series, but quiet addictive. There are a lot of cheesy and nonsensical moments that would make any high fantasy reader cringe, but it's a great quick read.

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  • Bex
  • 31-03-2019

Get's Better as it Goes Along

It started off a little bit slow in comparison with the first book but as it gets further along it starts to build. The way that it ended left me wanting more and I immediately purchased the next. It does very much feel like a story that is setting up a lot of things that will payoff later in the series.

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  • Amanda
  • 25-07-2015

Amazing!

A great book with loads of lore, passion, hard decisions, and intriguing characters.
You won't regret reading/listening to this book!

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  • Southyorks1234
  • 20-01-2020

Good instalment in the series

Good tale for fantasy fans. Good female central character who can kick butt. Easy to listen to.

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  • Remigijus Gentvilas
  • 09-01-2018

Not to bad

Would you listen to Crown of Midnight again? Why?

i did it 3 times :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Selena :D and if you have not read the book , no point explaning why :D

Which scene did you most enjoy?

throat cuting :D

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Kill that shit!!!!

Any additional comments?

a good series, goes around everywhere :D mayeb a tit bit to much drama , but these days u can't even buy a hotdog without drama , so i'll let it slide.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 28-02-2019

Loved it

This is my sisters favourite series she thinks is the best book in the world you eat all the time I think the storyline is brilliant and very creative everyone should read this book because it will do it perfectly to listen to because you can take away if you want. which is incredible because this book is incredible. You will never get bored

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  • barry
  • 13-01-2015

captivating

A truely captivating and addictive read, brilliantly read. cannot wait to begin the third book

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  • Ruth
  • 13-07-2019

A bit dull

Characters are all a bit 2 dimensional.I have a hard time believing that Celaena Is a honed assassin hardened by murder and hard labour much to impulsive and spoilt.
It did improve slightly in the second half but by the time I had got to that point I didn’t really care what happened. I listened to the second book to give the series a chance but I think that’s the end of the road for me.

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  • S Baker
  • 25-01-2020

Much better than I thought

I bought this as they were in the offer. Really great series. Dark but not too heavy.

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  • Ian
  • 14-10-2019

Amazing

This serise is fantastic, I'm loving every moment.
Sara J Maas is an amazing Author and Elizabeth Evans narration is superb.

10/10 easy 5 star serise.

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  • Ian Dawson
  • 11-07-2019

10/10

Sarah j Maas story has me listening to celeanas story all the time I can't put it phone down

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