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.
Song For This Book: Fight Song – Rachel Platten
I read the first book in this series a while back, and loved it. But for some reason, it took me forever to actually pick this one up, even though it’s been sitting on my shelf, waiting to be read. But finally, I picked it up, and I am glad I did.
The second book slump is a real thing that affects far too many series. And while this book isn’t quite up to the calibre of Throne of Glass, it definitely doesn’t fall into the slump category either. There’s a lot of action and dramatics, and you find yourself racing through to see what happens next. And I can almost guarantee that you’ll want to see what happens next.
This book starts to delve into the back story of what happened in the previous book. Things start to get explained, more mysteries get piled up on the characters, and a lot of things start to change for the worse. This is definitely setting up for future parts of the story, so you get a lot of information thrown at you. It can drag a bit at times because of this, but the stuff they’re giving you is fascinating and addicting.
As I read this book, I found myself more and more surprised that this came out of the young adult section. There are a lot of adult themes and a lot of violence in this, and it reads more like something you’d pull out of the adult fantasy section. This isn’t a complaint, but something that you should be aware of if that sort of thing makes you uncomfortable.
The Good Points of Crown of Midnight:
The development of the story is fantastic. A lot of stuff happened in Throne of Glass, and now we’re starting to figure out why and what’s going on. The background starts to get filled in, and we learn more about the magic that does exist and what the king’s been up to, and who Celaena actually is. Which leaves you wanting more once you finish the book.
Though it has its moments, the book is fast paced and exciting. There’s a lot going on and a lot of things happening and so you sit down to read and don’t get up for a few hours because you can’t bring yourself to put it down.
I love the way that magic is being introduced to the characters and the story. It’s clearly well thought out, and the way it is being presented to us is brilliant. I can’t wait to find out more.
I really enjoy how Celaena’s emotions and reactions are presented in the story. Breakdowns and relationship drama in the young adult genre can be pretty terrible, overly dramatic and silly. But Maas handles it so well, and it comes across as fairly honest and realistic. It was really great for a change.
The Downsides of Crown of Midnight:
Two major things happen in this book: sex and killing people. It made sense when it did come up, but it did get very predictable and repetitive in a few places.
As I mentioned in my review of the last book, Celaena doesn’t really act like an assassin. She kills when she has to, and she is clearly skilled at it, but if we weren’t constantly being told that she is an assassin, I’d probably forget. This is one of those situations where you need to show us, not tell us.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book, and I can’t wait to read the third one. I may have picked it up already, and it’s sitting on my shelf, waiting for me. It was a fun, fast-paced read, and I can’t wait to find out more about where Celaena came from, how the magic is going to play out, and what one Earth the king is trying to do. I think it’s safe to say that I’m now totally caught up in the hype of this book.
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