Review | Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

comTitle: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Synopsis: 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.
Would I recommend? I mean, everybody in the world should read this.
Final Rating: ★★★★★
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Aimal’s Review:

Dear God. If I could give this book a rating of higher than 5 stars, I would. I would give this book all the stars there are because wowza, it was something else. I read Throne of Glass last month, and I loved it, but I did have a few problems. I don’t have any problems with this one because it is flawless.

The plot was gripping, and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. Nobody was safe; nothing was certain. I fell deeper in love with the characters. There was SO much more action, even though the first book focused on a competition. There was so much more strategic thinking involved, and that cliffhanger really puts a lot at stake and changes the position of the story and the characters completely. I can’t say enough good things about this installment, and I would suggest to anyone who read the first book and didn’t like it much to continue on and give the second one a try. Come to the dark side.

Plot:

Like I said before, the plot was captivating. It’s interesting because you never know what’s going to happen next. Everybody is motivated by something or another, so their decisions are not certain. The history of the world is still being revealed, page by page, and because you’re still learning stuff about the world, there is a lot of room for surprise.

I thought the setting of being the king’s assassin really did a lot for Celaena’s character. I loved seeing that side of her. There was a lot of action throughout the novel, and Celaena was so much more bad-ass in this because of the complicated situations Maas put Celaena in.

I did kind of see the ending coming, but I wasn’t bothered by it. In fact, if it hadn’t gone the way that I thought it was going to would have bothered me more. But it was done very intelligently. I read this book over a course of a day- yep, that’s all it took me- which is why everything that was going on was very fresh in my mind. If you read it over a course of a couple of days, you might NOT see the end coming at all. I’m interested to see what people would think about it then.

Characters:

I liked Celaena in the first novel, I really did. But wow, Sarah J. Maas took her development to a whole new level in this second installment. We see more of her backstory. We see more of how she reacts to certain situations, to certain emotions. We see extended relationships between Celaena and the other people in the palace, so we get more intel into her personality. I have to say that her interactions with the king were some of my favorite moments of the book, and I could really do with more of those in the future.

There was a lot of focus on Dorian in the first novel, and even though we see Dorian going through some remarkable changes in this one, we don’t see him too much. His absence was more than made up with the presence of Chaol. Notice, I may be biased because I’m kind of, sort of in love with Chaol, but yes. I think Chaol’s such a complex character. I know a lot of people are conflicted about him because of certain… things, but my argument will always be this: imperfections are what makes characters nuanced and realistic. I can’t wait to dive back into this series to see more of him and more of his back story.

Overall, this book series is fantastic. It’s a lot of fun, and it has great characters and the writing style is easy and addictive. I would suggest it for anybody who’s even slightly into fantasy.

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Comments

  1. Much like Red Queen, I completely agree with everything you said! Celaena and Chaol… Oh man you can’t imagine how sad I was when Chaol&Celaena was no more. I’m dying to read Heir of Fire, how about you?
    -Amy

  2. It’s basically just two people who read a book together. It makes it easier to discuss feels and thoughts and stuff. (: I have a bunch of buddy reads scheduled for May, and since (I’m assuming) we’ll both be reading Heir of Fire some time soon, it might be fun! 😀

  3. This book was a mix of emotions for me.

    Okay, remember that part when Celaena was descending into the underground spiral prison thing? I remember that, while reading it, I was totally immersed in the ominous quiet, the building apprehension –
    Celaena was almost at the centre of the spiral when my little sister knocked on my bedroom door. And I was so startled that I actually gave a shriek. THAT is the effect the writing had on me.

    And then, when she encounters the beast in the passages, there is that sentence of the most perfect simplicity: “Celaena turned and ran like hell.” I don’t know why I like that so much, but it feels like the climax of a movie where the sound has purposely been muted.

    What about Chaol and Celaena? Their building relationship at the beginning was so sweet and wonderful – AND THE BIRTHDAY DINNER OH MY GAH – and I loved them *so much.* (And the kiss. Oh, the kiss!) But I kind of deflated when they started sleeping together. It felt too sudden, too much. These two people who are capable of killing, involved in a cinnamon-roll relationship, just start … sleeping together on a regular basis? Where is the kissing, I ask?! The shyness of newly acknowledged love?

    And … Nehemia’s death.
    This is the point of confusion and dislike for me. Because a) this death feels like a waste of a good character, not to mention a good friendship; b) Eyllwe needs her rebel princess; c) I’m confused as to whose fault it actually is – Archer for actually killing her, but Nehemia herself for letting him? WHY DID SHE LET HIM? In the hopes that it would spur Celaena into action? That’s a huge, huge gamble with very long odds, and why would Nehemia throw away her own life when she knows her kingdom needs her? Finally, d) – why on Earth does Celaena blame Chaol so much for it? Maybe the withholding of information counts as a lie/betrayal, but it *isn’t his fault*.

    I get the feeling that Nehemia’s death was dramatized – milked, almost – to the point where it started off all the heartache, even though the death itself *doesn’t make sense.*

    Yep, mixed feelings. Can you explain any of this to me?

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