Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: YA high fantasy
Length: NOT ENOUGH PAGES. Okay fine. 420.
Published by: Bloomsbury
From the throne of glass rules a king with a fist of iron and a soul 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.
So originally I was going to give Crown of Midnight 4.5 stars. Because, I don’t know, maybe I thought it was too big of a leap from Throne of Glass to Crown of Midnight. But the more I think about it, the more I realise it DESERVES ALL FIVE WONDERKITTIES.
BECAUSE I JUST.
Before I read this, I re-read my review for Throne of Glass.
I’m pretty sure it’s one of the worst reviews I’ve ever written. I was really busy that week or something. That might explain why I didn’t enjoy reading it so much. Here’s a quote from my review:
“It was also a little…boring.”
Like. WOW, Emily. Thank you for your STUNNING intellect. That is such an amazing critique of the book’s faults. No WONDER you’re a book blogger. My own review didn’t give me any idea of what it was about, but I gradually remembered. For instance, I knew I liked Chaol over Dorian. I just didn’t remember WHY. But luckily I am still pro-Dorian.
Wow, I have so far managed not to even talk about the book yet. Let’s do that.
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE BOOK
My three main quibbles about book 1 were that
1) Calaena wasn’t particularly butt-kicking
2) We didn’t know much about Calaena’s past
3) The pace was pretty slow at times
ALL OF THESE THINGS WERE IMPROVED UPON. We got to see Calaena as the awesome assassin she really is. I mean, she goes kind of crazy in this book. Plus, we gradually find out more of her past, which was really nice. There wasn’t a dull moment – there was constant action.
Plus. There were feels.
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY. Although I suppose The Fault in Our Stars is like my favourite book. Hitting me in the feels is one way to ensure I love a book, apparently. Weird.
There was a lot of magic in this book. Much more than the first one. There was Mort, the door-knocker thing, who was very funny, and we find out some things about Dorian as WELL as Calaena, and the king, and I just…I really like magic, okay guys? This one was chock full of it.
There were twists and turns, I didn’t know who to trust, I yelled out loud at a particular point (because WHY WOULD SARAH J MAAS DO THAT TO ME??) and also, the ending.
How can you end a book like that? It’s not fair. IT’S NOT FAIR, I TELLS YOU. You can’t unveil something like that and then just finish the book. It should be illegal.
I need Heir of Fire.
Seriously. I also need The Assassin’s Blade. *runs to library*
I am so glad I loved this as much as I did. Now I won’t be attacked by fangirls. Also I can do some flailing. FLAIL WITH ME, PEOPLE. I know I am late to the party but I HAVE BEEN CONVERTED.
I fee like I have used an inordinate amount of caps in this post. Oh well. At least you’ll be able to feel my enthusiasm.