Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release Date: 15th August 2013
No. Pages: 418
Buy at: BookDepository
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love. Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk. Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…
Warning: This review may contain spoilers for Throne of Glass
Now that is how you write a sequel.
Whilst Throne of Glass lacked an action packed plot with a dynamic magic system, Crown of Midnight offers all of that and more.
Crown of Midnight picks up a few weeks after Throne of Glass ends. Celaena is now the king’s assassin but she is far from loyal to him. She’s harboring secrets that could get herself and those she loves killed. Now that her assignments are getting closer to the capital she’s playing an even deadlier game. But she’s not the only one with secrets.
I know my summary is pretty vague, it’s only because I feel like you should go into this book not expecting anything. Whilst the first book was pretty predictable, we all knew from the beginning Celaena would win the tournament, Crown of Midnight is filled with so many twists and turns that you won’t guess them until Maas wants you to.
The characters grow within this installment. Maas shows that they aren’t perfect and allows them to mistakes, and it paid off. I found myself caring about each character, even those I previously dismissed.
Speaking of character growth lets talk about Celaena. She finally gets to back up her reputation as the deadly assassin, and let me tell you that I would not want to mess with her – especially when it concerns someone she loves. She’s also no way near as shallow as what she was in Throne of Glass, which I’m thankful for.
The love triangle did frustrate me in this one. Celaena and Chaol grew really close in this book and because of that both their relationships with Dorian, whom Celaena was previously all over, became awkward and strained. This did really annoy me, mainly because Dorian is so nice and caring that I hated him seeing hurt. Although a twist does cause a more platonic relationship to form between Dorian and Celaena, which I was grateful for.
There’s also some more twists that show just how vital Dorian is to the story. Which have me very excited for the future installments because he’s my favorite character from the series so far.
Maas has certainly grown as a writer; Crown of Midnight shows us just how complicated the plot for this series really is. She’s also explored the magic system further, which I really hoped for after finishing the first book.
If you weren’t sure about picking this up after finishing Throne of Glass, then I definitely recommend you do because it’s so much better.