CROWN OF MIDNIGHT
Sarah J Maas
August 27th 2013
Source: eARC from NetGalley
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?
Assassins, betrayals, and darkness abounds in CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, the thrilling sequel to Sarah J. Maas’s YA debut, THRONE OF GLASS.
Flipping over the last page of CROWN OF MIDNIGHT was hard. I didn’t want to leave the world, the characters, and certainly not the racing plot.
Celaena is just as badass as ever following the King’s orders – supposedly. But when she gets an order to kill an old friend who lives right under the King’s nose, things get a tad more difficult.
The plot of CROWN OF MIDNIGHT was a lot more unpredictable than THRONE OF GLASS. Because let’s face it, if there’s a competition, we’re all pretty sure we know who will win. In CROWN OF MIDNIGHT, however, there are new characters, new twists, and developments in Celaena’s relationship with Dorian and Chaol.
On a side note, I’ve always favored Chaol over Dorian. While I almost always go for the black-haired-blue-eyed guy, Chaol is an exception. And always will be.
This time around, we learn a lot more about Celaena – and I mean, a lot. About her heritage, about Sam, about who she really is. We learn more about Chaol too, and there are some interesting developments to Dorian too. The castle isn’t what it seems, and while Celaena is busy trying to figure out more about Wyrdmarks and they’re impact on her world, evil continues to grow.
I’m always a fan of tangled plots – where the protagonist and his/her close friends get tangled in multiple problems at the same time, and every outlet is impossible. That happens here – and boy is it elaborate. There are so many little things – scary things and heartbreaking things – that occur in the book, I’m surprised Sarah J. Maas was able to fit it all in, while preserving the characters’ emotions and settings.
CROWN OF MIDNIGHT sets the perfect scene for book three. While it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, it has me excited and worried at the same time. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed CROWN OF MIDNIGHT. I loved THRONE OF GLASS, so to enjoy the sequel even more… well, let’s just say Sarah J. Maas is doing this totally right.