Book: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Date Published: August 27th, 2013
Date Started: September 15th, 2014
Date Finished: September 19th, 2014
Other Books Reviewed:Throne of Glass, Heir of Fire, Queen of Shadows, The Assassin’s Blade, A Court of Thorns and Roses
“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
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.
*This book is a sequel, and thus has spoilers for Throne of Glass. I urge you to go read that first, or at least check out my review of that before continuing on. Otherwise, read on my friends!
I thought this series couldn’t get any better, and I was wrong. So so wrong. I’m deeply in love with the world surrounding Celaena, Chaol, Dorian, Nehemia, all of it. I can’t wait to read Heir of Fire now.
When we left Throne of Glass, Celaena had just become the King’s Champion and now only has 4 years until her freedom. Thats four years of doing whatever the king wills her to do, doing his evil will. But as time goes on, Celaena is starting to discover that the evils in the castle didn’t entirely go away with Cain. Theres more, so much more, and it has Celaena questioning everything she knew about the world and her relationships with the people inside that world. Everything is about to change even more for Celaena.
This book is clouded in so much mystery, and every little detail isn’t revealed until the very last page. I thought I knew Celaena, but there is so much more to her than I ever thought possible. As a character, she keeps changing, her world becoming more and more complicated. I keep thinking that this is who Celaena is: she’s someone who was forced into being an assassin. But what about before? Who was she? So many things happen in this book, and its all related into this huge conspiracy that affects everyone. I loved every little detail, and couldn’t get enough of it.
As for her relationships, I knew things would never be simple. Every choice that Celaena makes, affects her relationships and has the power to destroy everything. As I once said, I loved Celaena because she didn’t need to be in a romantic relationship with someone in order to be happy. She was content being single. I think she values her friendships much more, and so you can truly feel her pain when heer friends are threatened, as they always are when it comes to her. I also love Celaena because she is a strong heroine, always throwing herself on the line when it matters most, but she knows how to let her emotions flow. She feels anger, sadness, love, happiness (when she’s allowed), etc. She can be cold and calculating, but she can also be warm hearted and friendly.
As a sequel, I think this book came in really strong. Sometimes sequels can be a bit of a let down because the story is amping up for a grand finale. Not this one. The action just kept on coming, we get to see more of that magic that was banned by the king, and theres a lot more development in terms of Celaena’s love interests, even if things did get complicated and messy. I’m more interested in the politics of everything concerning Erilea because I feel like everything is about to get jumbled up and messy. Thank god Heir of Fire is already out!
If you’ve read Throne of Glass this book will be a strong sequel, if not a better book. The action keeps going, and you’ll want to solve all of the mysteries contained within this book. Check out the Throne of Glass novels, guys! It has quickly become one of my favorite series.