Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Goodreads summary: “A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.
It puts this entire castle in jeopardy—and the life of your friend.”
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.
Well, I can’t actually say I’m surprised; I expected no less from SJM..
This book was so damn good!! 😀
It’s not very often that I enjoy the second book in a series more than the first, but this was totally one of those times. There was so much plot and character development, a nice amount romance and so much ACTION!!
The fight scenes in this book were just brilliant! It was like watching a movie behind my eyelids; every brutal, gruesome battle was so vividly written. I could literally feel my heart racing while reading some of the scenes!
As far as characters are concerned, what an impressive cast! Those we knew previously from Throne of Glass –like Chaol, Dorian, and Celaena of course — have each evolved so much. Pretty excited to see how they all fare throughout the rest of the series! I like how we got to see some more of Celaena’s lethal assassin side in this book. Let me just say this right now, Celaena is the definition of BADASS!! I wouldn’t mess with her in a billion years. Chaol has shown a more soft and caring side, and his blind loyalty to the Crown has changed as well. He is willing to sacrifice everything for what is dear to him; quite the night and day difference from the strict, complying Chaol we were introduced to in Throne of Glass. As for Dorian, I feel like he has a lot more depth in Crown of Midnight. Instead of the somewhat arrogant prince charming he was portrayed as in the first book, Dorian is maturing. He is learning to stand up to his father and showing that he would make a good future king. We were also introduced to a handful of new characters in this sequel who really serve the plot such as Archer, Mort, and Roland. My favourite was Mort; what a one-of-kind character!!
There were quite a few twists and big reveals in Crown of Midnight, and I feel they set things up perfectly to really advance and deepen the plot in the rest of the series. The last quarter or so of the book was absolutely unputdownable; happy to say I was catapulted right out of the reading slump I’ve been struggling with lately! Yay 😀
I’m seriously looking forward to reading Heir of Fire now! If you haven’t yet picked up this series, you are missing out. Throne of Glass was an amazing start, and Crown of Midnight was one of the most thrilling sequels I’ve read in a long, long time. Do yourself a favour and check it out!!