Crown of Midnight

Zoe N. | March 22, 2014 | Review

Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight

by Sarah J. Maas

Series: "Throne of Glass" #2
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: August 27th, 2013
by Bloomsbury

three-half-stars

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Summary:

From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul 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.

Review:


Not bad, not bad at all!

I’ve never had such a hard time writing a review as I have with Sarah J. Maas’ Crown of Midnight. My thoughts are conflicting, and the hype is extraordinary, and there are moments when I simply didn’t know what to think.

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What I will say though is this: Crown of Midnight is SUCH an improvement from Throne of Glass, and I was really impressed by the advancement in Maas’ writing, plotting, and characterization skills. It’s not easy for a debut author – or any author at that! – to improve so drastically between their debut novel and their 2nd book, but somehow Maas has managed to do just that.

Deadly assassin Celaena Sardothien has passed a trial of tests and has won the competition to be the King’s Champion and has been freed from prison. But, still, she’s far from loyal to the King and his tyrannic rule; but no one – not even Chaol, Dorian, or even Nehemia – realizes it.
One incident. That’s all it takes for Celaena to decide where her true loyalties lie and how far she is willing to go to fight for those loyalties.

In terms of characterization, there is so much obvious growth in Maas’ characters. Each character has an enormous amount of character depth, a distinct personality, and has changed so much since Throne of Glass – whether for the better or the worse is up to you.

Celaena is still the kick-butt assassin we know her as, but she’s much more confident, much more collected, than before. She’s grown up quite a bit since we first met her in Throne of Glass, and it’s wonderful. Her determination and loyalty never fail, and that’s what I – like so many other readers – absolutely love about her.

She’s is by no means a perfect character – she has occasional Bella Swan moments and she’s arrogant sometimes – but she’s realistic and enjoyable, and that’s what matters.

Not only does Celaena develop, but so do the secondary characters. From Chaol to Dorian to Nehemia, each secondary character serves their place and we get to see sides of them we didn’t necessarily see before.

Dorian is now holding a secret; and he’s still as caring and swoon-worthy as ever. Like all of Maas’ characters, he has his flaws (he never stands up for what he believes in), but he’s still likeable.

Where as Throne of Glass was a bit more focused on the romance between Dorian and Celaena, Crown of Midnight is a bit more focused on the relationship between Chaol and Celaena than it originally was. This being said, we get a lot more development in Chaol as well.

What makes Crown of Midnight such an entertaining read is its unpredictability. The twists and turns presented in this book are almost mind-boggling, and you never know what to expect next. There’s betrayal, there’s magic, there’s secrets…and you just have to sit back and enjoy the ride you’re being taken on.

Despite all this, though, I felt a slight emotional disconnect to the story, which is the reason it’s receiving 3.5 stars from me. I can’t pinpoint exactly why I felt so disconnected to the story, but I did, and, sadly, that impacted my enjoyment quite a bit.

Nevertheless though, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to fantasy fans or simply YA fans in general. This series is quite remarkable, and you’re in for a treat.

three-half-stars

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