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Crown of Midnight - Sarah J. Maas Short and Sweet:Straightaway, let me say that this review is going to be one non-stop gushfest. I adore this series. I am sometimes worried with sequels of books that I love that maybe they won't live up to my anticipation and excitement, but Crown of Midnight was as gorgeously and brilliantly written as Throne of Glass if not more so. This story is as near to flawless as it gets. Entertaining, heart-breaking and emotion-shattering. So, so, SO amazing!To Elaborate....Celaena Sardothien is one of those characters who is so beautifully human in that she is both hard and soft. She isn't perfect, but she is this fierce, kick-ass girl who has been through a LOT and isn't broken. While she certainly is affected by her past, she is by no means controlled by it. Celaena has chosen what she'll be and she is awesome. In Crown of Midnight, Celaena is now the King's assassin as a step towards a future of freedom.... only she's not truly completing the tasks assigned to her. While her conscience is clean, she's constantly aware that saving the lives of the king's enemies by faking their deaths endangers not only herself, but also the lives of everyone she cares for. In fact, she is so aware of this danger that she allows Chaol, Dorian, and Nehemia to believe that she is offing her marks in order to protect them. However, the next name the king gives to her is someone from her past and she wonders if it is even possible to continue to fool the king AND keep everyone safe. Throughout the story nothing is as it seems and everyone seems to have some level of secrets, deceit, and/or agenda that they are attempting to keep hidden. As a result, there is new depth to each character and the storyline never gets tiring for even a moment. Reading Crown of Midnight is an experience of exciting discovery and just when you think you know everything there is to know another plot line takes a shocking turn towards something you'd never even considered. There are not many stories that have as many intriguing layers as those Sarah J. Maas weaves and even then not many that are done so well. If you haven't picked up Throne of Glass yet, you absolutely should. If you are anticipating the August 2013 release of Crown of Midnight you will definitely not be disappointed! Originally published @ iheartyafiction.blogspot.com