“I worry because I care. Gods help me, I know I shouldn’t, but I do. So I will always tell you to be careful, because I will alwayscare what happens.”
“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
Hardcover, 418 pages
Published August 27th 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens (first published August 15th 2013)
Original Title Crown of Midnight
ISBN 1619630621 (ISBN13: 9781619630628)
Edition Language English
Series Throne of Glass #2
Characters: Celaena Sardothien, Chaol Westfall, Prince Dorian Havilliard, Princess Nehemia Ytger, Archer Finn. Setting Rifthold, Adarlan
This book–this series–describes life in a way I have never read of before. It is ultimately beautiful. I am young, and have not experienced life to the fullest, but I know that true life is like this. Problems and solutions, Choices and decisions. Time and time again, the realization hits me that this woman has experienced life. Every author knows the felling so well that they can put it into words. I wish I could so that. It is a gift. A gift beyond time. One that you are born with.
“The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realized she was home.”
“Why are you crying?”
“Because,” she whispered, her voice shaking, “you remind me of what the world ought to be. What the world can be.”
“What does that mean?” he demanded.
She smiled sadly. “You’ll figure it out. And when you do…” She shook her head, knowing she shouldn’t say it, but doing it anyway. “When you do, I want you to remember that it wouldn’t have made any difference to me. It’s never made any difference to me when it came to you. I’d still pick you. I’ll always pick you.”
“The best lies were always mixed with truth.”
“Who said anything about shame?” She gestured down to her naked body, even though it was covered by the blanket. “Honestly, I’m surprised you’re not strutting about, boasting to everyone. I certainly would be if I’d tumbled me.
“Does your love for yourself know no bounds?”
“But death was her curse and her gift, and death had been her good friend these long, long years.”
“Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.”
“It was like coming home or being born or suddenly finding an entire half of herself that had been missing.”
“Then Celaena and the King of Adarlan smiled at each other, and it was the most terrifying thing Dorian had ever seen.”
“Dance with me, Celaena,” he said again, his voice rough. When her eyes met his she forgot about the cold, and the moon, and the glass palace looming above them. The secret library and the king’s plans and Mort and Elena faded into nothing. She took his hand and there was only the music and Chaol.”
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