Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass (#2)
Pages: 418 Pages
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury, August 2013
Overall Rating: 4/5
*Please note, this is the SECOND book in the Throne of Glass series, if you have not read book 1, I would recommend you NOT reading this review as to avoid spoilers*
“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.
Sarah J Maas’s writing style is amazing as always. It’s smooth, and her story telling voice is just so compelling. I found that Celaena’s character in this book was more well developed. The imagery of the locations in this book was a little more developed as well!
I felt like although the story is great, I just wasn’t as interested as the first book of the series. This doesn’t take away from how much I liked Throne of Glass/ the entire TOG series. I just found that I liked TOG a bit more than I did COM. It also took me like FOREVER to finish reading this book. I actually started like 2 months ago, and didn’t finish until a few days ago.
Writing Style: 4.5/5
I might be in the minority for this, but I found myself being a tad bit disappointed with COM. I know that a good amount of people liked COM better than TOG, but I think I’m the opposite. For some reason, I wasn’t as compelled to read it as much as TOG compelled me. I didn’t find myself very invested into the plot until maybe the last 1/4 of the book. However, I still enjoyed this sequel and will definitely be continuing with this series.