Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
Crown of Midnight has to be my favourite book in the series so far with Celaena really coming into her own and where we really start to get into the story.
Having survived the trials in Throne of Glass, Celaena takes on her role as the King's Assassin for a King that she despises. Her role causes some friction between her and her friends as Chaol and Dorian struggle to understand why Celaena would work for a man that killed her entire family. Secretly Celaena has her own agenda as she is tasked with killing one of the court's most popular male consorts, a young man who trained with Celaena as a child.
While the characters in this book go about their daily lives, Celaena begins to unearth dark secrets of the king and finds herself drawn into a plot which forces her to confront her past and who she truly is. Something she has worked hard to run away from for so many years.
The opinions that I developed in Throne of Glass about various characters really began to change in this book as characters such as Chaol and Dorian start to show their true colours. I found that I started to like Dorian a lot more in this book and while I rooted for Chaol in a lot of the storyline he quickly fell from my good graces as he struggled to cope with what Celaena truly is.
As for Celaena, I found that I really enjoyed seeing Celaena go from a girl who worked at the whim of others to a young and powerful heroine. You finally get to see a fraction of why she is considered Adarlan's most famous assassin now that she has some freedom to manoeuvre. Despite the strong woman she becomes, I love that she continues to have a weakness for books, luxuries and beautiful dresses. Despite her weaknesses she comes across as a strong and confident lead willing to sacrifice everything for the person she loves but not letting that love define her in any way.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book as the pacing was good; it rarely felt like we were being forced into a plot twist at any point. There were some plot twists that I guessed while others I was pleasantly surprised with. To be honest anyone who is a regular reader of fantasy will predict many of the plot twists but I found them all rather enjoyable anyway.
The greatest surprise for me was the big romance for Celaena. One of my pet peeves is that romance in fantasy stories always feels so forced and characters end up being dictated by them. In Crown of Midnight I found that while Dorian and Chaol let their feelings guide them, the way Celaena is able to detach herself from this to do what she needs to do was a refreshing change.
If you liked Throne of Glass then you will love this one. While it isn't one of the great epic stories like Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth, or George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones, this is definitely a great read and I could barely put it down. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants an enjoyable read.
This Crown of Midnight book review was written by Anna Sheldrick
All reviews for: Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass
Throne of Glass #1
Meet Celaena Sardothien. Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness. In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is...
Crown of Midnight
Throne of Glass #2
Eighteen-year-old Celaena Sardothien is bold, daring and beautiful - the perfect seductress and the greatest assassin her world has ever known. But though she won the King&...
Heir of Fire
Throne of Glass #3
Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve...
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Really good book and I couldn't put it down.
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A definite page turner. A must read for all fantasy lovers It just gets more and more intriguing by the page.
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It is perfect!! and the ending blew me away. The series just keeps better and better <3
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