Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Length: 418 pages
Genre: YA, Fantasy
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.
Crown of Midnight is much better than Throne of Glass. The story was mostly fast paced but there were still passages where it dragged and dragged without purpose. I liked the mystery that continued throughout the book although there were so many clues that you could easily see the big revelation coming.
I have heard Maas wrote this as a teenager and it’s obvious because the writing is so repetitive it hurts. The plot also lacks logic at times. Chaol is literally every fucking where. He’s at the gardens, library, hallways, wherever Celaena and Dorian are. How possible it is for the Captain of the Guard to be so free and just walk around when there’s a war by the doors?
“The rest of the world quieted into nothing. In that moment, after ten long years, Celaena looked at Chaol and realised she was home.”
There’s a change of romantic interest from Dorian to Chaol and to be honest I don’t see it. There’s no chemistry whatsoever between them. Their relationship is an all talk and no-show thing. It feels like it’s being shoved down our throats.
And it ended just as fast as it began. The reasoning behind the whole break up was so unbelievable. Maybe because I didn’t like Nehemia and the reaction to her death sounded slightly exaggerated. I couldn’t see the great friendship between the two girls who constantly lied and tried to deviate each other from their respective chosen paths.
“I’ll come back,” she said quietly. “I’ll come back for you.” And he knew that there was more that she wasn’t saying, some bigger meaning behind those words. But Dorian still believed her.”
And I believe that a very beautiful friendship could bloom from these two.
Anyway, I really like the whole world building and imagination put to its creation. It has so much potential but I’ll have to wait and see.