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Crown of Midnight
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Information
Author/s

Sarah J. Maas

Cover artist

Alessandro Taini (Talexi)

Release Date August 15, 2013
Publisher

Bloomsbury USA

Cover

Celaena Sardothien

Series
Throne of Glass
 1  2  3  4  5  6  7
Chronology
Preceded by
Throne of Glass
Followed by
Heir of Fire
Release order
Released after
Throne of Glass
Released before
The Assassin's Blade

Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass book series.

Description

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?

Plot

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Celaena Sardothien is fulfilling her new role as King’s Champion by performing the assassinations he orders on his enemies, or so it seems. She knows most of the king’s enemies are “the good guys,” so she is faking their deaths and helping them sneak out of Adarlan. Celaena is given the name of a suspected rebel leader, Archer Finn, as her next target and has one month to complete the task. His rebel movement is trying to track down the lost princess Aelin Galathynius, the heir of Terrasen and the only hope to restore the honorable kingdom to its former glory.

Meanwhile, Celaena’s relationship with Chaol Westfall continues to blossom; their friendship and attraction is growing. Chaol feels like his loyalty to the king and to Dorian Havilliard means he can’t have a relationship with Celaena. But all the walls between them come down when Celaena surprises him with a romantic birthday dinner. They solidify their relationship that night, and they are very happy for a short amount of time. Then Chaol is kidnapped, and his captors send a ransom note to Celaena.

When Celaena arrives to rescue Chaol, she discovers Archer is behind the capture. Archer says they kidnapped Chaol because they thought he was set to question Nehemia Ytger about her involvement in the rebel movement. He says he has been working with Nehemia to assemble a rebel force to challenge the king. Archer says they now realize that it’s the king who will question Nehemia very soon, and he thinks they will torture and maybe even kill her. He says Chaol knew this might happen and could have prevented it. Celaena believes this even though it is only partially true.

Celaena frees Chaol and then rushes back to the castle to try to save Nehemia. She discovers Nehemia brutally murdered in her bedroom. Celaena blames Chaol for her death since he knew her life had been threatened and didn’t do enough to stop it. She attacks Chaol and almost kills him, but Dorian reveals his latent magical powers as he is able to literally freeze Celaena’s attack and thus save Chaol’s life. Chaol sends Celaena to the castle dungeons because she is so out of control, but he can’t bring himself to leave her there for long.

Celaena’s goal becomes finding and killing Nehemia’s murderer. She thinks it might be Grave, a man she competed against to become the King’s Champion. So she tracks him down and kills him. But she is wrong about who the true murderer is.

Celaena meets a witch who is working at a carnival that has come to the castle grounds. Celaena goes to the woman to get help deciphering a riddle tied to the magic Wyrdmarks she has been investigating. The witch says the riddle describes the three Wyrdkeys necessary to open the Wyrdgate. She says the person who finds the keys and opens the gate will wield incredible power, enough to control this world and others. The witch then attacks her, and Celaena ultimately kills her.

Celaena finally figures out the full riddle, and it leads to where one of the three Wyrdkeys was hidden. But it’s gone, and Mort, the magic doorknocker, confirms her fear...the king discovered it long ago. Celaena suspects the king has the second key as well and knows she has to find the third one before he does. She thinks Nehemia was researching this before her death and might know the location of the final key. Celaena decides to open a portal to the other worlds to try to reach her.

Celaena reaches Nehemia, and she tells Celaena her death was necessary to set things in motion to defeat the king. Archer arrives just as Nehemia disappears. He explains that Nehemia left his rebel group a week before her death because she didn’t agree with the tactics he wanted to use to bring down the king. So he killed her and set it up to make sure Celaena turned against Chaol in the process. Celaena acts likes she’s going along with his plan to get the information she needs and then attacks Archer. A creature steps through the still-open portal as they fight, and Chaol and Dorian (who were alerted by a dream Dorian had) arrive as it emerges.

Celaena’s dog, Fleetfoot, chases the creature into the portal. Chaol goes in to save the dog, and Celaena follows close behind to save them both. He sees her true Fae form in this land they travel to because it’s one where magic still exists. They manage to escape back to their world, where Celaena’s Fae form vanishes, and they close the portal. Celaena kills Archer shortly thereafter.

Chaol decides the safest place for Celaena is away from the king and Adarlan. He goes to his father, who has been at the castle counseling the king, and works out a deal. He says he wants to send Celaena to the rival country of Wendlyn to dispatch the royal family and learn about their military plans. In exchange for his father’s help and vote in the matter when it’s brought before the king, Chaol says he will leave his position as captain of the guard and return home to Anielle, as his father has wanted for so long. The king ultimately agrees to this plan.

On the docks before her ship sails to Wendlyn, Celaena tells Chaol the full truth about everything...about the Wyrdkeys, the creature she and Dorian killed in the tomb beneath the library, and how the king has some bigger, evil plan that she still doesn’t fully understand. And then she tells him a riddle about the last truth of all. He figures it out fairly quickly after she is gone...Celaena is the lost princess of Terrasen, Aelin Galathynius.

Chapters

There are 56 chapters plus a teaser for Heir of Fire.

Characters

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THE BOOK SERIES
Main series The Assassin’s BladeThrone of GlassCrown of MidnightHeir of FireQueen of ShadowsEmpire of StormsTower of DawnKingdom of Ash
Novellas The Assassin and the Pirate LordThe Assassin and the HealerThe Assassin and the DesertThe Assassin and the UnderworldThe Assassin and the Empire
Companion books Throne of Glass Coloring BookThe World of Throne of Glass
Online short stories The Assassin and the PrincessThe Assassin and the CaptainThe Captain and the Prince
Exclusive content Empire of Storms Exclusive (Barnes & Noble)Empire of Storms Exclusive (Target)Empire of Storms Exclusive (WHSmith)
Adaptions Queen of Shadows (television series)Embers of Memory: A Throne of Glass Game
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