Book Review: Crown of Midnight

Posted June 16th, 2014 by in book review / 2 comments

crownofmidnight Title: Crown of Midnight
Series: Throne of Glass, Book #2
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication Date: August 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Source: Library
Genres: epic fantasy, fantasy, magic, medieval, romance, young adult
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She is the greatest assassin her world has ever known.But does she have the heart of a killer?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. But Calaena is far from loyal to the crown. Keeping up the charade - while pretending to do the king's bidding - will test her skills in an entirely new way. And it certainly isn't the only point of confusion for the young girl. Because though she's made her choice between Dorian and Chaol, the ways of the heart are never simple...
Also by this author: Queen of Shadows

Wowzers guys! I mean really. Also, thank god Crown of Midnight didn’t have that awful second book curse. But really, there were some huge revelations in this things, and some other major things going on and I had several flaily fan-girl moments throughout.

Crown of Midnight is fairly character driven, but rather than it being all just character feelings, the desires and motivations of the characters and the actions or reactions they have because of these desires and motivations push the plot along nicely. At the same time the way these actions cause the other characters to react sets other things in motion as well. And it’s all good… Or bad depending on your viewpoint I suppose.

There are some major moments in this book, including a fairly enormous plot point revealed in the final chapter that was hinted at quite a few times within earlier chapters. Certain elements (a song, some of Celaena’s behaviours) that perhaps didn’t make sense certainly make sense once this is revealed. I was left going o_0 *flail* when I closed the book.

I don’t know that I can really say too much else for fear of spoiling, but I will say that I don’t think everyone will like the second book in the series, mostly because of how the author chose to characterise Celaena in this one. HOwever, we do have to remember that for all her experience as an assassin, she’s still only an eighteen year old girl.

4.5 Stars

2 Responses to “Book Review: Crown of Midnight”

  1. mayia

    Didn’t you find her a little bit too much of a “delicate flower” for a bad ass assassin?

    • Chantelle

      Not especially. I certainly don’t think we saw enough of her assassin side in Throne of Glass or this book, which is annoying because the potential is there. I guess I wonder how much of the delicate flower thing is an act.

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