Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
Published August 27, 2013 by Bloomsbury USA Chidrens
Genres Young Adult, Fantasy
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as 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 don’t know why I didn’t start this series sooner. As soon as I read Maas’s other series and adored it, I should have known I would also love this series. I enjoyed the first book, Throne of Glass, however it just didn’t grab my attention like I thought it would, with all the hype around the series. But everyone kept telling me that the books got better as they went and they were right. I absolutely loved Crown of Midnight and everything about it. When I finished it, I really could not think of a single thing I would have changed during the entire book and that is rare for me.
I love Celaena. She is so much stronger in this book and I understand that some time has pass since she she left the mine, so she has had time to find herself again, if you will. And time of course to train with Chaol. In Throne of Glass, I just didn’t really connect with her, but from the beginning of this book, I absolutely did. And I love Chaol, absolutely love him, probably because of how much he loves Celaena. I do not like love triangles and thankfully, this didn’t go that way at all. When the last book ended and Celaena called everything off with Dorian, I wasn’t sure if it would last in the second book. But her relationship with Chaol felt much more natural to me and I never got any love triangle vibes. I also like Dorian, as a character and really liked reading about how he came to know himself better throughout this book. And how he has started to realize how terrible and controlling his father is. I have somehow managed to avoid any spoilers for the rest of the series, but I really do hope my predictions about these characters and the way the plot will go is somewhat correct. I knew there was something that was going to be a major plot twist towards the end of the book and I just couldn’t pin point it. I thought the plot was brilliant with all the unexpected surprises and action throughout the book. And let me say, Maas, I am quite impressed by this one. Quite impressed.