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!
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