Crown of Midnight is the second in the much loved Throne of Glass series that I seem to be the black sheep about still ;-). There aren’t any big spoilers to worry about below, so no worries there. I had listened to the previous book and novellas on audio and the narrator really didn’t click for me, so I decided to read Crown of Midnight physically to see if that helped my reading experience with Celaena ;-).
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass #2)
Published by Bloomsbury on Aug. 27th, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Page Length: 418 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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 love how much more magic and fantasy elements played a role in Crown of Midnight. I had been disappointed by the limited amount of actual fantastical things previously, so exploring the castle’s magical depths was awesome!
- Celaena is starting to grow on me, perhaps because the voice in my head is less annoying than the narrator for the audiobooks ;-). She also seems to be maturing, which is always nice to see in a character across a series.
- I had a fair number of questions from the first book and novellas and Crown of Midnight finally starts answering them. I need answers!
- Each book of this series manages to pull of an ending that keeps me hooked and wanting to see what happens in the next book! Crown of Midnight does an excellent job of revealing enough of the iceberg that I can see things are going to get epic eventually and I’m pumped.
- Given how much people don’t like love triangles these days, I’m amused that the love triangle in Crown of Midnight didn’t bother more readers ;-). Which boy will she choose? I honestly don’t care, sorry :(.
- I was reading an ebook borrowed from the library for Crown of Midnight and was very disappointed to see some pretty bad typos in a finished book! Just gives a bad impression ya know?
- So there are supposed to be these witches that are really evil and do horrible things. Celaena meets one in Crown of Midnight and guess what her name is: Baba Yellowlegs! This is one of the weirdest and most absurd character names I have possibly ever encountered. The play on Baba Yaga is painfully obvious despite the apparent attempt to be clever and the Yellowlegs thing is just the cherry on the ridiculous sundae. Oh and yes, she literally has yellow legs…. It would have been one thing if this witch didn’t show up again, but she is a pretty important secondary character for moving the plot along and I just could not focus on the story while shaking my head at that freaking name. /rant
- The first half of Crown of Midnight went pretty slowly for me. Celaena was going around doing spy things and being sneaky, but nothing really happened that was exciting until the halfway point. I hear Heir of Fire is better though, so I’m hopeful!
Crown of Midnight did not manage to turn me into a squealing fangirl obviously, but I’m seeing potential in the world being very slowly built. I will be continuing on to Heir of Fire because it sounds like that one really blew people away and I’m forever hopeful it seems, haha. I do have to say that I think my tendency towards adult fantasy is interfering with my enjoyment of the Throne of Glass books because they borrow so heavily from common tropes in adult fantasy that nothing seems all that special to me. Any other readers of adult fantasy get that feeling?
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
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