Crown of Midnight was one of my most anticipated sequels of 2013, and it did NOT disappoint. After reading and loving Throne of Glass, I was not surprised in the least that Crown of Midnight has dominated all the other sequels I’ve read so far this year.
Book Review: Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
Title & Author: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA Fantasy – Magic, Fae
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Series: #2 Throne of Glass
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
How I Got the Book: ARC via NetGalley
But her heart never wavers.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?”
Crown of Midnight was AMAZING. Such a strong sequel and an amazing venture into the mind and world of Celaena. I’ve read a bunch of sequels so far this year, and I don’t know if that’s why I’ve been so harsh on them lately, or if I’ve just gotten pickier over time.
This book was worth the wait, though. Some amazing things it had going for it:
1Suspence – Wow, just wow. Maas is a master at making readers hold their breath and actually pray for the characters in her books. There are so many toe-curling moments that made me just melt into a muscle-less blob after they were resolved.
Plus, Celaena heads down a new path to discovery. She is figuring out her purpose being the King’s Assassin and how her own deeply hidden agenda can thwart him. Plus, we learn SO MUCH more about Celaena’s past and how she came to be in Endovier.
It’s all so, so good. It makes you appreciate Throne of Glass and thankful Maas has added more layers and intrigue to Crown of Midnight.
2Romance – Where do I even begin. So, at the end of Throne of Glass, certain THINGS are hinted at. And in Crown of Midnight those things are fleshed out (literally and figuratively). It’s hot and so romantic and gut-wrenching all at the same time (I’m sure Taylor Swift can relate).
And that’s the best part. I think the love triangle bit is over…yet…I’m still not entirely sure how things are going down in book #3. I have a feeling Maas will totally surprise us all.
3Epicness to Be Continued – Sequels can either err on the side of being too boring, so I look forward to the last book just to see how everything pans out. OR, they are so action-packed I’m almost anxious for the final book because I’m worried it can’t compare.
Crown of Midnight balanced things very nicely. I was excited to see what trial Celaena would face next, but we’re left with a sort of cliffhanger (not too crazy) that makes me want to tweet at Sarah J. Maas every day to WRITE FASTER.
What is amazing, though, is how much Crown of Midnight reads like a first novel. There are certainly characters and references from Throne of Glass readers should freshen up on if it’s been awhile, but ultimately, Crown of Midnight is a outstanding book that adds so much to the series and so much to the YA fantasy genre in general.
Run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore or computer. BUY Crown of Midnight pronto OR Throne of Glass if you haven’t read it yet (but, seriously, why haven’t you?!)