New Cover! Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas + Throne of Glass Novella Reviews

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas has a new cover!  It matches the cover style of the Throne of Glass paperback edition, which also includes a teaser for Crown of Midnight at the end.  The expected publication date is August 27, 2013.

Blurb from Goodreads:

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt. But her heart never wavers.

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?

I also recently read an reviewed the four prequel novellas that take place before Throne of Glass.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed them!  You don’t have to read these stories to enjoy the novels, but they offer a much deeper look at Celaena’s backstory.

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (Throne of Glass #0.1) by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 5/5 Stars

Review: After reading and enjoying Throne of Glass, I decided to pick up this prequel novella to find out more about Celaena’s backstory.  I’m so glad I did!  This mini adventure introduces Arobynn Hamel, Sam Cortland, and another interesting side character, Rolfe, Lord of the Pirates.  I loved being back in Celaena’s world and seeing what her life was like before the events of the novel.  The story not only sets up a major conflict that is explored throughout the other three prequel novellas, but also enriches my understanding of Celaena’s character and her behavior in Throne of Glass.  Although you certainly don’t need to read this story to enjoy the novel, The Assassin and the Pirate Lord does make a great addition.

The Assassin and the Desert (Throne of Glass #0.2) by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Review: Another great short story that adds to the Throne of Glass universe!  Definitely read The Assassin and the Pirate Lord before starting this one.

The Assassin and the Underworld (Throne of Glass #0.3) by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Review: Yet another great novella that adds to the Throne of Glass universe!  Definitely read The Assassin and the Pirate Lord and The Assassin and the Desert before starting this one.  Also, two major characters from Throne of Glass have a wonderful, little cameo that will probably only make sense if you’ve read the bonus scene at the end of the novel’s paperback edition.  This one moment perfectly foreshadows these characters’ relationships, and I was inexplicably happy to have made the connection.

The Assassin and the Empire (Throne of Glass #0.4) by Sarah J. Maas

Rating: 4/5 Stars

Review: This novella describes the events in Celaena’s life directly leading up to where Throne of Glass begins, and if you’ve already read the novel, like I have, then you already know how this story ends.  This is by far the most depressing of the prequel novellas.  I’m glad I read it because it adds layers to Celaena’s character (and reveals the identity of her betrayer), but it’s still overwhelmingly heartbreaking.  If you’re going to read this one, definitely start with The Assassin and the Pirate Lord, The Assassin and the Desert, and The Assassin and the Underworld; these three stories build on one another and culminate in The Assassin and the Empire.

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