The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realised she was home
Another wow. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas is great sequel to Throne of Glass. I loved it so much and I had to wait until Heir of Fire got here. So much frustration! I hope I can convey what I liked about this book.
Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Title & Author: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure
Release Date: August 27 2013
Series: Throne of Glass
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.
At the beginning of Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas, I felt a little awkward. Celaena is now the King’s Champion and is on a mission for the king. But we all know she hates the king and it made me wonder why she was doing his bidding. A bit later it is all revealed and you learn what she actually does on her assignments. I liked that twist, because she really had me convinced she was the brutal killer the king wants her to be.
I have to say at some points the story is quite graphic, as in describing how some gets stabbed to death or how someone’s body is found. I don’t have a problem with that, but if you have, please skip these parts or don’t read the series (though it is a really good series, which would be too bad if you missed it).
The writing has improved between the first and second book and it makes it even easier to read. Another plus for me: This book was less about Celeana hanging between these two males (Chaol and Dorian), which I like and no obsessing over guys anymore.
I really felt like Celeana did not grow over this entire book and felt a bit sad about. And it was harder for me to like her. The twist at the end of the book on the assassin’s background came a bit too late. It made me frustrated I had to wait to I got the third book.
Chaol is an interesting character, he does everything he can for the woman he loves and his friend, whatever it takes.
Prince Dorian feels a bit like a whiny spoiled prince. I don’t like him, but his story starts to evolve and I really the author keeps it up. His twist made me go crazy with the realism that the King might kill off his own son.
I am sad princess Nehemia’s presence was so short lived. I really liked her and was so sad to read about her end. I hope this is not the end of the battle for her country.
Overal it was a great read, again, and I really hope the other books are just as great.
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