From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul as black as pitch. Assassin Celaena Sardothien won a brutal contest to become his Champion. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown. She hides her secret vigilantly; she knows that the man she serves is bent on evil.
Keeping up the deadly charade becomes increasingly difficult when Celaena realizes she is not the only one seeking justice. As she tries to untangle the mysteries buried deep within the glass castle, her closest relationships suffer. It seems no one is above questioning her allegiances—not the Crown Prince Dorian; not Chaol, the Captain of the Guard; not even her best friend, Nehemia, a foreign princess with a rebel heart.
Then one terrible night, the secrets they have all been keeping lead to an unspeakable tragedy. As Celaena’s world shatters, she will be forced to give up the very thing most precious to her and decide once and for all where her true loyalties lie… and whom she is ultimately willing to fight for.
In the stunning sequel to Maas’s much acclaimed book, Throne of Glass, Celaena returns for another harrowing adventure. Crown of Midnight did not suffer from the sophomore slump as many series do; if anything this novel was even better than the first, with intrigue and drama at every turn. I’m also pleased to point out that these novels seem to be getting longer as they go along, which is awesome because I just can’t get enough!
As Celaena goes about fulfilling her duties as King’s Champion, her secrets become ever more dangerous, as do the secrets her friend’s are keeping. I swear, if Fleetfoot had her own chapters, she’d have secrets too- like where she hid doggie snacks in case of emergency. If Celaena, Chaol, Dorian, and Nehemia would have all just had a meeting where they discussed their problems, bad things maybe wouldn’t have happened. And yes, bad things did happen because people didn’t have enough faith and trust in their closest companions.
I did enjoy learning more about Celaena’s past and reading about her blossoming relationship with Chaol. Her past is something that obviously contains a great many painful memories that she doesn’t care to face head on, but there are some insights about her heritage that will simply make you giddy with excitement. Some of these memories also explain why it’s such a big deal that she begins to fall in love with Chaol, who pairs wonderfully with Celaena. They are definitely one of my favorite fictional couples…. He even promises to run away with her (awwww).
Basically, what I’m trying to say in all this rambling is that Crown of Midnight is fantastic! The characters begin to develop some three-dimensionality and the story arc takes a darker turn that makes everything so much more dramatic! If you haven’t picked up this series yet, you should, since it’s likely one of the biggest YA titles since the Hunger Games or Twilight, not that it shares any similarities with those series at all.