Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas
This sequel to Throne of Glass was definitely more enjoyable to me. Maybe it’s because of the character development or the fact that it didn’t feel like a repetition of almost every other YA book I’ve read… but either way, it was a fun adventure! (Obviously, if you haven’t read the first book, this might contain spoilers… so… you know… Look Away!)
This starts up without spending too much time recapping what happened, which was great because it makes binge reading much easier! Celaena is the King’s Champion which means she is his personal Assassin. BUT, she has a secret that could kill not only her, but her friends if the King finds out.
I loved seeing the “double” life Celaena leads and seeing her relationships with Dorian and Chaol and Nehemia! I really did appreciate the interactions and how Maas dives into each of the characters this time around. The Dorian subplot especially had me intrigued!
Though I’m still not really a fan of the whole love triangle thing, it was more tolerable this time around especially because it wasn’t as much of a central focus as the first book! I appreciated how the idea of killing Cain wasn’t just dismissed. I think it was a nice touch to show the after effect of that!
Things really pick up when something I definitely didn’t expect happens! I like the elements of magic in this one a bit more. It isn’t as “info dump” and is woven into the story very well! I found myself more invested in the story this time.
I know I’m reading this series very late, so maybe the ending would have given me more of a shock if it didn’t feel like every other book. This happened to me in the first book too and I don’t know… I’m still looking forward to the next book to see what happens, especially because of Dorian!
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys powerful assassins, a little bit of mystery, a little bit of magic, a bit of cliche, a bit of sass, and a lot of rebellion!