Crown of MidnightWritten by Sarah J. Maas
(Bloomsbury USA - 8/27/2013)Series: Throne of Glass #2
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Audiobook (12 hours)
Narrator: Elizabeth Evans
Source: Library of Magan Bagan
An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.
After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.
Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.
Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for
I wasn’t sure what to expect going into Crown of Midnight, but I was definitely excited since I began listening to this audiobook directly after finishing Throne of Glass. Once again, I was not disappointed. Well, let me rephrase that… Once again, I was quite thoroughly surprised.
Crown of Midnight confirmed for me how much I enjoy this series, and how much I am looking forward to reading the rest of it over the next few years. It contained all of the elements from Throne of Glass that I loved: the mysteries, the intrigue, the magic, the struggles, and sarcastic banter… and even more.
The relationships further developed in this book felt real and visceral and altogether made my heart ache. I absolutely adore the friendship between Celaena and Nehemia (and Fleetfoot!). The interesting developments with both Chaol and Dorian were very well-done, rolling between making my heart soar and making me burn with frustration. The tenuous friendship between those two men was also a part of the story that I was glad Maas explored.
This book definitely shows us a darker side to Celaena, so if you wanted more of that in the first book, then you will definitely get it here! I have to admit, it was equal parts thrilling and scary to see her in such a state more than once.
Overall, Crown of Midnight was an excellent sequel to Throne of Glass, and provides us with a great setup for the next piece of Celaena’s story. I can’t wait to find out what awaits all these characters in the next book!