Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass series | Book 2
Pages: 448 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; Reprint edition (September 2, 2014)
Rating: 4.5 stars (Read It!-Choose It!)
The book, Crown of Midnight, by Sarah J. Maas continues the sage of assassin Celaena Sardothien.
SPOILER ALERT! Proceed with caution if you’ve not read Throne of Glass and plan to.
According to the terms of the contract she signed, Celaena must act as the king of Adarlan’s sword with little will of her own for four years–then she will be free. But Celaena with Chaol’s life on the line if she steps out of line, Celaena plays a dangerous game when she decides to give her victims a choice: fake their deaths and disappear or die.
Convinced that there’s a rebel movement in the heart of Rifthold, the king of Adarlan gives Celaena one name at a time.
Meanwhile, Dorian must deal with his entitled cousin, Roland Havilliard. He must attend tedious council meetings full of politics and he his only confidant is Chaol because Celaena has been avoiding him. To top it off, Hollin, his spoiled rotten younger brother is coming home from boarding school and his mother has been planning extravagant celebrations. As mysterious things begin to happen around Dorian, he must come to a starling truth about himself: he has magic that isn’t stifled.
Nehemia, the Ellywe princess, hates staying in the Glass Castle while the king of Adarlan’s soldiers enslave and slaughter her people. She thinks that Celaena does not care about the Ellywe rebels and the Terassen slaves, even though Celaena hails from Terassen.
Despite difficult relationships and unpleasant situations, life continues as smoothly as can be expected for Celaena until one fateful night. When Chaol is abducted, Celaena hunts down his abductors to rescue him, and as a result leaves Nehemia alone at the castle. Through Chaol’s abductors, Celaena learns what the king is about to do to her best friend.
All Celaena could think about was how much this night looked like the night her friend Sam was killed–and she shatters. Can she find her way back and survive?
Technically I thought that this book was much better than Throne of Glass. I finally got to see Celaena’s dark assassin side and how she reacts to the deaths of people she loves. The world building in Crown of Midnight succeeded the world development in Throne of Glass because I finally learned more about wyrdmarks and the mystery surrounding the king of Adarlan.
Celaena’s character definitely under went dramatic character development. Throne of Glass established that Celaena is very passionate, but Crown of Midnight definitely took her passion to new heights. Chaol and Dorian also had some character development, which I thought explained more about their character and motivations. However, despite his sacrifice, Chaol’s character is less likable, which I think may be because of what happens in Heir of Fire and Queen of Shadows.
Even though the plot of this book was better than Throne of Glass, I thought there were a few slow moments in Crown of Midnight, whereas there were zero slow moments in the first book (in my opinion.)
I’d definitely recommend this book to fans of young adult fantasy, strong female protagonists, and high fantasy.
Are you a Throne of Glass fan? What are your thoughts on Celaena as character? Were you surprised when you learned Celaena’s real identity?