Early 5 bat! Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

August 25, 2013 Review 3

Early 5 bat! Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. MaasCrown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by Bloomsbury Children's Books on August 27, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 432
Source: Edelweiss
Excerpt: Excerpt
Book Trailer: Trailer
Sexual Content: Kissing, very briefly described sex, references to prostitution
Reviewed by: Kate
5 Stars

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?

If you thought THRONE OF GLASS was action packed- you better put your seatbelt on, because you’re liable to get whiplash from CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. Full of mystery, conspiracies, secrets and betrayals, CROWN OF MIDNIGHT covered so much ground that I’m still reeling, three days later. This was one of those books that once I started, I couldn't put it down, and despite the level of action, I didn't feel overwhelmed, because the pacing was just the right balance between action and exposition to keep me hooked.

Quite a few of the questions left unanswered in THRONE OF GLASS were answered in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. We’re given so much more information about Celaena’s background, where she came from, what’s going on in the kingdoms, and much more. But at the same time, we get new questions and Celaena continues to be a bit of an enigma. Saddled with a burden from an ancient queen, trying to keep her pride and dignity in the face of the king’s never-ending list of people to kill, and fighting her attraction to Chaol, the captain of the guard, she is constantly having to make tough decisions which further her growth and change as a character. She’s not perfect- she can be stubborn, rude and even mean, but overall, she is the type of girl character that I love reading, one who is figuring herself out and trying to find her place in a complicated world.

The world of the Throne of Glass series continues to grow and become more intriguing. We’re given hints about the magic, about how the king of Adarlan so easily and handily defeated all his enemies, and about what may yet exist outside of the kingdom’s boundaries. CROWN OF MIDNIGHT had, in my opinion, a bit more of a chance to go into the world and the history, as opposed to THRONE OF GLASS, which was focused on the champion competition. There is so much depth to this story that it felt like there was a surprise around every corner, but at the same time, it wasn’t too much. Sometimes, authors can get a bit carried away, creating excessive barriers for the character, or making the characters too perfect, and I definitely didn’t feel this was the case in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT.

Going into CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, I only remembered that I had enjoyed THRONE OF GLASS, and that I thought it was a good read. Now, having read CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, I want to go back, read them both again, and read all the novellas, too. Also possibly speed up time so I can get the third in the series. Luckily, it looks like there will be at least four more books in the Throne of Glass series (untitled as of yet) so I won’t be denied my fill of Celaena.

Series Titles:
  1. Throne of Glass
  2. Crown of Midnight
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