Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, an eagerly anticipated sequel. I enjoyed this book far more than the first one, though it is still far from perfect in my eyes. It is a book that will please Maas’s ardent fans and I know that I will be reading the sequel.
In the last book Celaena triumphed over adversity. She is now the official royal assassin of Adarlan. Though the job has its downfalls she is thoroughly enjoying the life of luxury such a position warrants. Once a prisoner in the salt mines of Endovier Celaena now enjoys a life of fabulous food and new clothes, a wealth of books and the quiet of the palace… until duty forces her hand to kill. Defiant and angry, Celaena abuses the orders of the King to her own end, a direction that could forfeit her life if he became aware of her actions. But things are stirring in the world. Old grudges are reborn and no matter who Celaena has become she cannot turn her back on who, or what, she really is.
Despite my enjoyment I still have mixed feelings about these books. On the one hand I find some of the action sequences tedious and overdone. In this book there is quite a lot of sneaking about and trying to investigate new plot paths. I wasn’t a fan of those passages and grew a little weary in the midst of them. What I do love about these books are the intimate moments between the characters, the threads of humanity that weaves all of them together. I adore the bonding moments between them all. It’s good to see them get some down time considering the story surrounding them.
As I said before Maas’s writing improved significantly just in book one alone. In this book she has definitely solidified her skill. The writing is sharper and the dialogue crisper. I found this to be an infinitely more entertaining read than book one which is clunkier overall. Were it not for the drag I felt during the scenes that were supposed to be high intensity this would have been a wow for me.
As is, it’s a 4 out of 5, but I do look forward to seeing where Maas goes with it. Particularly after the cliffhanger ending.
…Yes, you read that right. Cliffhanger. Which means that fans will be desperately awaiting book three. Which will please both the fandom and the publisher, I am sure. The theories are going to run rampant about the next book. I know I can’t wait to see where it goes next.
* Crown of Midnight releases August 27, 2013