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Crown of Midnight

A Throne of Glass Novel
Lu par : Elizabeth Evans
Série : Throne of Glass, Volume 2
Durée : 12 h et 25 min
Catégories : Anglais - Teens, 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Nici
  • 11/09/2015

Celaena is back

My first thoughts were that this book will never be as good as the first one – WRONG. It was brilliant. Different but very good.

We find out more about the doings in the castle and the King and Nehemia and so on and on. Absolutely captivating read.

I can't wait to read book 3 and about the world beyond the Glass Castle. I'm preparing myself for a fun ride with lots of blood, monsters and fun.

[Spoilers removed]

*Review also posted on Goodreads!

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  • Alexandra
  • 22/08/2017

Gut

Fand das Buch gut, aber irgendwie weiss ich nicht ob ich weiter lesen möchte. Der erste Teil fand ich noch spannender, aber hier war die Liebesgeschichte besser:) Die Sprecherin fand ich super.

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  • Anja Lehmann
  • 27/10/2019

Hammer!

Der zweite Teil der Throne of Glass-Reihe ließ mich die Luft anhalten und alles andere vergessen. So eine packende, clevere gut durchdachte Geschichte. Auch die Sprecherin ist fantastisch.

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  • Nero
  • 11/09/2015

Enjoyably

I just couldn't stop hearing I really like the story. Only the slowness of the main characters is sometimes a bit too much. Also mort ist too dull. But the story is quit action-packed and enjoyable.

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 05/01/2018

Solid start - great series!!

not often do I like the second and third book more than the first, but this series just gets better and better! (mind you I have not started the forth) The Characters are interesting and the story in the third book had me stay awake the whole night.

would recommend to read to people who like a little bit of Fantasy/Magic/fae etc., want to read about strong kick-ass women and good men, and like a long story (though each book ist great in it's own)

The reader is fantastic,too !

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