Series: Throne of Glass,
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing USA on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Love & Romance, Fantasy & Magic
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
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Celaena Sardothien is the king's Champion--yet she is far from loyal to the crown, for the man she serves is bent on evil. But working against her master in secret is no easy task. As Celaena tries to untangle the mysteries buried within the glass castle, she can trust no one, not even her supposed allies Crown Prince Dorian, Captain of the Guard Chaol, and foreign princess Nehemia.
Then, an unspeakable tragedy shatters Celaena's world. She must decide once and for all where her loyalties lie . . . and whom she will fight for.
An action-packed and romantic adventure that readers "will never want to leave"
Crown of Midnight is the second book in Sarah J. Maas’ popular YA fantasy series, Throne of Glass. After Celaena Sardothien won the title of the king’s Champion, she found herself in the precarious position of having to do the bidding of a man she hates. Knowing the King is hatching an evil scheme, Celaena is working on her own plan. One that undermines the King’s plans. This aspect of the story created even more tension than what existed in Throne of Glass. By betraying the King, Celaena was putting herself and the people she loves in even greater danger. In the first novel, we had learned that the King was truly an evil person, capable of doing some of the most horrible things imaginable. Reading about Celaena’s exploits as she tried to uncover the mystery surrounding the King was very exciting.
“The best lies were always mixed with truth.”
― Sarah J. Maas,
Another aspect of the story I enjoyed was how Celaena wasn’t the only one hiding a huge secret. Chaol, Dorian, and Nehemia had secrets of their own that they were keeping from Celaena and each other. This helped cause a division between the four friends, just as Chaol began to initiate a romantic relationship with Celaena. As much as I enjoyed this division, it also frustrated me.
In Throne of Glass, Celaena had formed a friendship with Princess Nehemia, which was one of my favorite parts of the story. In many YA stories, the friendships between women rarely take center stage. It was refreshing to see these two powerful women carry on a friendship that’s based on admiration, loyalty, love and trust, only to see those characteristics break down due to the secrets each was hiding.
“Some things you hear with your ears. Others, you hear with your heart.”
― Sarah J. Maas,
Though Crown of Midnight is a YA novel, it is not a cookie-cutter story. Author Sarah J. Maas continues to weave political intrigue into this fantasy story about a young assassin trying to destroy the man who murdered her family. All of the characters grew over the course of the story, and as their secrets take them off into different directions, I hope that they’ll find their way back to one another soon.