Monday, September 4, 2017

Review of Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) "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.

(Summary from GoodReads)


I crossed the line from thinking Throne of Glass was good to adoring this series after reading Crown of Midnight.  I buddy read this book with my friend Jennie and we frantically texted the entire time we read it.  Crown of Midnight is a sequel that had all of the action, world-building, and character development that I craved.

When I went into this book, I found myself wondering how exciting another book set in the palace could be.    As it turns out, Crown of Midnight was full of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and they all involved the characters that I cared about it.  Not only did Maas manage to shock me, she also had me freaking out about the characters that I loved.

People often complain about how young adult novels in series should be able to stand on their own while also functioning well as part of a series.  Even though Crown of Midnight ended on a bit of a cliffhanger, I really liked where it ended.  I loved that Maas gave us all a taste of what we could be expecting in the coming books throughout the series.

Crown of Midnight was a book that made me feel really impressed by Maas as an author.  While this series is not for everyone, Maas makes it clear she has the technical parts down. She knows how to build a great world, fantastic characters, and craft a riveting plot.  Crown of Midnight made it clear that while Maas is a fantastic fantasy writer, she has the potential to do exceptional work in other genres.

Disclosure: I purchased a copy of this book.

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