Title: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloombury USA Childerns
Pages: 418 (Hardcover), 418 (Paperback), 363 (Ebook)
Release Date: August 15, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Synopsis from Goodreads:
“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.
This one was so much better than the first! I loved the first but there was still something that needed to be desired about it. As a sequel, this blew my mind! There was a lot more action, more fighting and more Celaena’s diffience. Usually sequal’s don’t exceed their first book but this is the exception. If you can’t seem to finish the first because of the love triangle, YA angst main character or other troupes and are afraid of the rest of the series being like that. Don’t worry, its not.
Taken a Turn: Like I said above, this book taken a turn from what the first book was. It a pleasant turn too. I am a fan of YA and it’s troupes but I don’t enjoy a several book long series of it. I love the direction Sarah J. Maas is taking with this series.
Character Development: I really enjoyed the character delevopment in this one. You also see more of Celaena’s past in this one.
Assassiny Action: Oh yeah, you finally see assassin things going on but in Celaena’s fashion. I love how diffiant she is towards the king and it feel like a natural progression from her hate towards him in the first book.
Slow: I admit that the first half is a bit if slow. In the book, it has been some time from the first one so there was a lot if catching up. One you past that part, the book picks up again in high speed with more magic and awesomeness. This is the only reason why I didn’t give it 5 stars.