Waiting on Wednesday: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a feature hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine to feature yet-to-be-released books.

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coming august 27, 2013

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. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

c.j.'s thoughts

I have borderline inappropriate affections for Throne of Glass.  I mean, not really.  I just love it in a way that I haven't loved a YA fantasy since the glory days of Tamora Pierce, as you might notice from my glowing review and the fact that I've featured it at least once.  I also happen to adore the author, but that came later.  What struck me was the authenticity of the first book and how closely it stuck to traditional high fantasy while still being fun and new.  I think sometimes, fantasy authors these days try so hard to be original that they avoid any cliches that might brand them "trite."  This means getting rid of wizards, assassins, evil empires, dragons, etc.  Sure, that's okay.  You don't want to rewrite The Lord of the Rings.  But there's no reason you can't stick to elements people love and make them fresh.  That's what Maas did in book one, along with a badass female heroine and an appropriately-paced love interest.  I'm dying for book two and I hope to see some of the same thrills, adventure, and tight writing.  


  1. Great choice! I'm excited for that book too! I hope you get to enjoy it once it comes out!

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  3. I haven't read the first one. Just by the reviews sounds a little like Poison Study (which I liked very much). Maybe I should wait until the second and third book are out, I'm not sure I can bear waiting for more series XD (The Raven Boys, Lynburn Legacy, Daughter of Smoke and bone).

    1. I understand that. It's SO good though. I can't imagine waiting another year to start.