Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
“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.
I don’t have a lot to say about Crown of Midnight that I haven’t already said about Throne of Glass. They were of similar quality and content. The cast, concept, world, and romance were all still good. The writing, POV shifts, and love triangle were still in need of improvement.
I did enjoy finally getting to see Celaena in action, rather than just listening to her brag. She is … pretty lethal. This brought about a lot of incongruities in her character, however. She loathes how her past boyfriend, Sam, was killed so gruesomely, and a character in this book dies a similar death. She criticizes the killer, saying he wasn’t allowed in the guild for being too sadistic. But then SHE does those things to people. She mourns the people she kills, but still purposefully unleashes herself into feeling nothing as she goes on killing sprees. And, similar to Throne of Glass, I can’t tell if these contradictions are purposeful on Maas’s part, or not.
I also enjoyed the direction this book is taking toward unveiling secrets, especially near the end. This series finally managed to catch me by surprise when revealing Celaena’s secret. However, the reluctant revolutionary trope is getting kind of old in YA Fiction.
The combination of good and bad is why I gave this book a three star rating. It was pretty much exactly what I was looking for, a fun summer read that is more fluff than substance. I’m looking forward to finishing the series, but it’s not like I’m running to the book store screaming my fangirl head off.