Also by this author: Throne of Glass, Heir of Fire
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Also in this series: Throne of Glass, Heir of Fire
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Read in: May 26 to May 28
Source: Personal Collection
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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. - via GoodReads
Typically the second book in a series tends to suffer from “middle book syndrome”. Middle book syndrome is when a book spends half of the book rehashing the first book and the other half sitting up the plot for the third book in the series. Not so with Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. I think I enjoyed Crown of Midnight more than Throne of Glass because there was less to set up. Rifthold is already established, Celeana Sordothian is the King’s assassin. She is his to use whenever he wants to get rid of someone. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this. Celeana has to do what she has to do but that doesn’t mean either of us has to be happy about it. I’m glad Maas covers this fairly early in the book.
Dorian and Chaol. Chaol and Dorian. I think I’ve spent an equal amount of time in both camps. I was leaning more towards Chaol throughout Crown of Midnight but with how things were left, I don’t know where we’ll end up. I still really need for those two to work through it.
Let’s talk about plot line for a minute. Maas kept this book moving right along. I devoured it in two days. Palace intrigue, assassinations, and love fill the pages. At about halfway through the book, I needed someone to talk to. I’m here to tell you Maas holds no punches for something as trifling as feelings. There is so much new information to process as well. Almost all of it good.
I was pretty excited to get to Crown of Midnight and now having finished it, I can’t wait to get my hands on Heir of Fire. I’m not sure how you all have endured the wait between these releases!