Crown of Midnight
(#2 Throne of Glass)
By Sarah J. Maas
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?
This novel was excellent and definitely exceeded my expectation based on the previous novel. It was by far the best novel about an assassin I have ever read. It portrayed Celaena as an undefeated assassin, feared by everyone around her.
She’s always the one to save the day and solve the mystery. There is also a magical element to this story about the fae along with a good dose of romance. We see the more emotional sides of Celaena, learning that she is not only an assassin but can also feel heartbreak and tragedy. We see more depth to her personality in this novel and how she overcomes all of the challenges that arises in the novel.
There is a strong friendship between Nehemia and Celeana where their strengths are both portrayed and we see how each of them fights for their goals using different talents and skills. There is a visible change in Celaena that becomes more apparent as the novel progresses. Her reactions to certain characters in the novel and how much her character has developed by the end of the novel is drastic compared to where she starts of in the book. I greatly enjoyed this action packed novel and would definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys a badass female lead.
Celaena is back in this all together electrifying and equally intense second look into the Throne of Glass series. Crown of Midnight is one of those rare sequels that surpasses even the first instalment.
If you thought Celeana was a wickedly brutal before, wait until you finish this novel.
The author manages to flesh out Celeana’s character and various relationships while keeping the brutality expected of the King’s Champion still intact. Celeana retains her humanity without becoming a blubbering sobbing mess, but at the same time she’s still a cold vicious merciless assassin. The balance between the two was executed in such a way that it’s infinitely hard for us to forget either side of her.
There are scenes where I’m actually amazed by how calculated and bloodthirsty she appears. Where she’s presented in such a way that when she smiles it twists your insides and sends shivers down your spine. Then there are moments when she’s laughing and reading, and all I want to do is lock her in her room, swathe her in blankets and never let her leave.
Now, Chaol and Dorian are the love interests we are presented in the first novel. Both have their likeable attributes but I have to admit I’ve always had a certain fondness for Chaol’s protective quiet nature. Another thing I like about Celeana, she doesn’t string either of them along. She chooses one love interest and doesn’t stray from her decision.
Having said that her love for the previously mentioned love interest (I will not say who) does not cloud most of her decisions. She doesn’t become dependant on him or ill equipped to handle her role just because she’s found love. I would like to praise Sarah J. Maas for portraying a relationship in young adult literature that doesn’t make me want to hit the female lead over the head.
There is a much more prominent magical aspect to this novel, more so then in the first novel. One that I’m not too keen on, however I’m more than willing to see how Celeana manages to navigate through the impossibly dangerous but all together enchanting world of Sarah J. Maas.