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

Crown of MidnightTitle: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #2
Rating: 4.5 stars
Genres: Fantasy

“A line that should never be crossed is about to be breached.

It puts this entire castle in jeopardyโ€”and the life of your friend.”

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 allegiancesโ€”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.

My Review:
I felt Crown of Midnight was a big improvement on the first book in the series, and I loved the creative, intricate, expertly interwoven plot. So much happens, and the mystery deepens.

I love the blending of magic and fantasy with political subterfuge and hints of rebellion.

The writing is excellent and it flows beautifully.

I warmed more to Celaena in this book, though that’s in part due to the prequel novellas which gave me greater insight into her character. The one aspect I didn’t like is how she treated the two love interests. She callously dismissed Dorian at the end of Book 1, and she barely gives him the time of day anymore. Her relationship with Chaol develops into a romantic relationship, as anticipated, and it was sweet for all of five minutes. Then it turns to crap overnight and they split up. I understand how she could be upset and angry over what happened, but she refused to talk to him or even listen to his side of the story, and that really irritated me. When she threw out “You will always be my enemy” I was confused, because surely she knew that starting into the relationship so why throw that about as a reason after the fact? Then she turns toward Dorian again, and it totally felt like she was using him, and I hated that he just let her.

Chaol and Dorian have been presented as good friends, yet she comes between them, and they talk around issues instead of discussing it upfront.

There’s a hint that she’s meant to be with the prince, so we’ll see.

I wasn’t surprised when her true identity was revealed – saw that coming a mile off, but it’s still a good twist.

Overall this was a superb read with a balanced mix of action and romance, even if the love triangle leaves me a little cold.

Actual Rating: 4.5 Stars

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