Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Published by: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
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.
Second book syndrome? Nope, not here. Crown of Midnight was a wonderful follow up to Throne of Glass. After I read Throne of Glass, I decided to read The Assassin’s Blade before reading this book. I am so glad I did. Usually I dismiss and skip prequels because more often than not they don’t add a whole lot, but the five stories in The Assassins Blade do. Each one has significance for the overall story, and has characters that tie into the novels. Honestly, I think The Assassin’s Blade should be a required read between the first and second book.
This book is fantastic! I’m a reluctant fantasy reader, so I’m glad that this series has become such a hit for me. It has wonderful world-building, and the storyline is engrossing, but it’s the characters that have really made me fall in love with it.
Celaena … damn. She’s witty as hell, flirty, and can banter with the best of them, but when she or the people she loves are harmed, holy cow. You can feel the depth of her rage and pain. This girl can get scary, and I freaking love it!
I enjoy the different relationship dynamics Celaene has with Chaol, Dorian, and Nehemia so much! They’re put through a lot, but I love the loyalty and friendship it all comes down to.
I’m also really pleased with the progression of the overall storyline. The first book not only had its own compelling plot, but it did a great job setting this one up. I think this book has done an even better job and upped the stakes. It’s exciting, emotional, and has plenty of twists. Maas is definitely taking us on a thrilling journey.
Crown of Midnight has for sure cemented my love for the series. And now I’m extremely excited to read Heir if Fire.