Crown of Midnight

crown-of-midnightFrom 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.

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #2

Format: Hardcover, 418 pages

My Rating: 5/5 stars

Status: Read from January 14 to 15, 2017

Celaena Sardothian is back and more badass then ever in Crown of Midnight. My favorite thing about this series is how the world engulfs you and doesn’t let you up until the very end. And not even then, because Maas knows just what information to dangle in front of you, knowing you’ll be drooling for more.

For those of you who felt Throne of Glass could have used a bit more action, you’ll be glad to hear that not only has the King’s Champion finally got her assassin on, but also that the danger gets ratcheted up a notch too. And no one is safe.

There are lots of back stories running throughout which all come together piece by piece. This made for a more interesting, detailed story as I tried to figure things out alongside Celaena. Compared to the first book this is a significant step up.

The plot was clever with lots of forks in the road. I thought I knew where this story was going, but actually Maas caught me off guard a few times which was refreshing. Maas actually takes chances and shows that certain events genuinely change matters for good instead everything being brushed under the carpet. Its rare for me to feel emotionally invested in the story and each character but towards the end of the book I was completely hooked.

The ending was awesome and took this series to a brand new place. I cannot wait to see where it goes from here.