Book Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

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?

Release Date: August 27, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: NetGalley

I love this series!  Sarah Maas has done an outstanding job creating the world of Erilea, with beautiful imagery, a cunning heroine, and plot twists which continually take me by surprise.  Not to mention the quietly powerful love story (a love triangle, at that), loyal friendships and shocking betrayals.  Crown of Midnight is easily one of my favorite books of the year.

I love that Celaena is so unpredictable.  She always surprises me, and I never know quite how she'll react in any given situation.  Celaena is a study in contradictions: the feared assassin who is all too good at her job, the loyal friend, the woman in love, and the young girl who loves pretty clothes and desserts.  She is entirely her own person, answering to no one, and her strength throughout the series is gratifying to read about.  Celaena also grows and changes through her experiences and instead of her hardships bringing her down, she rises above her circumstances.  I loved watching Celaena's heart soften as from time to time, she embraces her softer side.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention the absolute shock of a blow Maas delivers at the end of this book.  I liked that Throne of Glass ended with closure, but still open enough for the next book.  Crown of Midnight also had some good conflict resolution, with the beginning of a new journey for all three main characters; but the revelation at the end was truly jarring.  I cannot wait to see what will happen in book three (it can't come soon enough!).  

Maas' imagery in this series is impressive.  She describes Rifthold with such descriptive prose that I could easily picture Celaena's surroundings as I read.  The story's element of magic was so well-construed that I found myself actually believing in magic as I read this book. 

I can tell how much time and effort Maas put into creating this series, and that attention to detail is what makes the Throne of Glass series so extraordinary.  I can't say enough good things about this series, and would recommend it to anyone!   

1 comment:

  1. Oh no! A cliff hanger! Those are always torture. I go back and forth on whether I really like or hate cliffhangers. They're exciting but tormenting.


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