Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Rating: 4/5 stars
The Overview: From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul 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.
I’d like to start off by saying that I am especially glad I decided to read The Assassin’s Blade before picking up this book – the backstory seriously makes all the difference, giving Celaena some much-needed depth.
This review is going to be fairly short, as I imagine most people who want to read this series have probably already done so (I’m basing this strongly off of the massive geek-out for Heir of Fire that’s been flooding my social media for the past couple of weeks), and I’m likely not telling you anything you haven’t already heard. In any case, I’ve been stalling on reading Crown of Midnight for several months because I didn’t want to have to wait too long for the much-anticipated third book. I can tell you now, based on how this one ended, I will not be able to show the same restraint when the Heir of Fire comes out. :-)
While my final assessment of this book is a “really liked” rating, there were things about it that I really loved: the relationship developments – not just with the love interests, the conflict escalations – sh$t’s getting real on a broad scale now, and the many fascinating dynamics of the main character – just when I think her predictable, she surprises me… It made for an incredibly engaging book, one that took me on a wild ride from start to finish. It also pulled at my heartstrings, jerking my emotions all over the place – it was fantastic!
With all of those good things said, I did think the end half of the book was a bit repetitive. Highly interesting, mind you, but repetitive. However, it made up for it at the very end, which left me oogling the pages with excitement… suffice to say I am incredibly eager for the next book.
Overall, Crown of Midnight was a lot of fun to read and an excellent champion for the teen fantasy genre. I do have to admit my favorite in the genre is still The Girl of Fire and Thorns, but I’m probably in the minority. I think the difference is, while I love Celaena, I don’t find a single thing about her relatable. Elise, on the other hand, is my homegirl. In any case, they’re both so similar in their awesomeness that you really can’t go wrong if you’re trying to decide between them. I’d say read ’em both, then tell me which one you prefer! ;)
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